Massimo earned a Master’s Degree in Architecture. He collaborated with Giancarlo De Carlo in the field of Urban Design, and his projects in this domain have been awarded in international competitions. He covered strategic positions both in Academy and Industry. He has taught in Schools of Architecture and Design in Italy and in the Middle East, where is now Assistant Professor at the Canadian University of Dubai, UAE. In 2000 founded StudioBau, a small firm that operates at the intersection of architecture, interior and furniture design. As a consultant, he art directed furniture manufacturers among whom the Italian high-end brand Azucena. He his currently Art Director for Matrix International. For this company, he made researches at the Yale University on unpublished furniture designs by Eero Saarinen; the achievements of this work are now published in the book “Eero Saarinen, The Organic Unit in Furniture Design”, with a foreword by Paolo Portoghesi. The evolution of interior environments is the field of research he is currently focused on as a designer, as a scholar and as a teacher.

Work Samples

  • brass table

  • standing ovation

  • Wishbone Tables

Work History

  • Assistant Professor

    • Canadian University of Dubai
    • Aug 2014 - Present (9 months)

    The School of Architecture and Interior Design at CUD offers two distinct undergraduate programs – the Bachelor of Architecture (5 years) and the Bachelor of Interior Design (4 years). The two programs share first and second year curriculum. Together with the coordination of first and second year Design Studio, I am currently responsible for the Internship Program.
    Listed below the courses I've taught at CUD:
    DESI_101 Introduction to Design
    DESI_221 Design Methods
    INDE_350 Furniture Design
    DESI_340 Working Drawings and Detailing
    INDE_440 Senior Dissertation
    INDE_441 Senior Project Design Studio

  • consultant

    • Corte Zari
    • Nov 2008 - Present (6 years 6 months)

    Expansion of the Company Headquarters

  • partner

    • ELP Business Connections
    • 2007 - Present (8 years)

    ELP Business Connections GmbH is a network of several hundreds professional business consultants working in 25 nations, helping enterprises in developing their business and fostering their competitiveness.
    Senior partner since 2007, I can provide consulting services ranging from market test, to research and development, to outsourcing.

  • founder/owner

    • StudioBau
    • 2000 - Present (15 years)

    StudioBau operates at the intersection of Architecture, Interior and Furniture Design. Among its achievements, the adjustable chaise curvilinea, shortlisted for the XIX Compasso d'Oro, now part of the permanent collection of MU.DE.TO (http://www.mudeto.it/curvilinea_studiobau_matrix.htm)

  • Art director

    • Matrix International
    • 1997 - Present (18 years)

    Design strategies, Product Design, Brand, Exhibit Design.
    Matrix and design: an indissoluble bond over time, built upon the quality of materials and craft excellence, sensible to the evolution of taste and to living habits.

  • Visiting Assistant Professor

    • American University of Sharjah
    • Sep 2012 - Aug 2014 (1 year 11 months)

    The College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD), offer five undergraduate programs:
    architecture, interior design, visual communication, multimedia design and design management and
    a graduate program in urban planning. The curriculum in all programs is based on the North
    American model, which integrates liberal studies with professional education.

    At AUS I've taught the courses listed below
    Design Foundations DES 131
    IDE 401 Interior Design Studio V
    IDE402 Interior Design Studio VI
    IDE334 Furniture and Furnishing
    ARC 301 Architectural Design Studio III
    ARC 302 Architectural Design Studio IV
    DES293 Design in Italy

  • contract professor

    • Politecnico di Milano
    • Sep 2001 - Jul 2012 (10 years 10 months)

    Research Fellow from 2005 through 2006
    Professor of urban design from 2001 through 2012

  • lecturer

    • Florence Institute of Design International
    • Sep 2010 - May 2012 (1 year 8 months)

    The Florence Institute is an international school of Italian design providing both masters and undergraduate design courses in Italy. The Institute specializes in a wide range of courses of Graphic Design, Interior Design, Art History and Architecture for students from across Europe and around the world.
    Massimo was a faculty member for two master level courses of Furniture Design.

  • art director

    • Azucena
    • Nov 2010 - Nov 2011 (1 year)

    Design of catalogues, coordination of social media, design of the event at Rolex Flagship Store, Milan.

  • Adjunct

    • School of Engineering, University of Trento
    • Sep 2004 - Jun 2007 (2 years 9 months)

    Urban Design Studio

  • consultant

    • Desipo Oy
    • 2006 - 2007 (1 year)

    Desipo is a company manufacturing interiors and outdoor taylored doors and building systems
    For Desipo Massimo has been Consultant and Product Developer

  • consultant

    • Softroll Oy
    • 2006 - 2007 (1 year)

    Softroll is a company manufacturing sliding panels and home furniture
    Massimo has been consultant and product developer

  • Consultant

    • Bestwood
    • Jan 2006 - Dec 2006 (11 months)

    Bestwood aimed to fostering the competitiveness of Lahti woodworking SMEs.
    Bestwood was funded by Tekes, the Finnish Agency helping companies in developing new technologies.
    The project focused on technical innovation, product design and market strategies.
    I was invited to give workshops as an experience professional in product design processes.

Education

  • American University of Sharjah

    • Faculty Teaching Certificate Program Special Education and Teaching
    • 2013 - 2014

    The Faculty Teaching Certificate Program (FTCP) is open to all AUS faculty members and teaching staff who are interested in working with colleagues from different colleges to deepen their understanding of teaching excellence. Participants in the FTC program will be expected, over the course of one academic year, to attend seminars on the fundamentals of university/college teaching, to participate in online discussions with their group members, to schedule at least one consultation and one classroom observation, and to do a capstone project

  • ILA&UD

    • international workshop Architecture and Urban Desgn
    • 1985 - 1990
  • Università degli Studi di Genova

    • Master's Degree architecture
    • 1981 - 1987
  • Liceo Scientifico Pacinotti

    • High School Diploma Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
    • 1975 - 1980

Specialties

Affiliations

senior partner of ELP Business Connections

Awards

ADI Design Index 2000 Promoter Italian Associations for Industrial Design ADI - Award: The Chaise Longue “Curvilinea” selected for the XIXth “Premio Compasso d'Oro” 1998, Promoter Opos International Competition for Young Designers Award: The Colander “Space Saver” awarded with the first prize

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