Internationally acclaimed architect Massimiliano Fuksas to speak in Cleveland

The Cleveland Chapter of the American Institute of Architects is pleased to host the upcoming AIA Ohio Convention, Body + Building/Architecture: Creating Environments for Well-Being on September 12-15. The convention is expected to bring together hundreds of architects and allied professionals from around the state and regionally for four days of programs and networking.

The Consulate of Italy in Detroit and Hon. Consulate in Cleveland played a key role in securing the participation of acclaimed renowned international architect from Rome, Massimiliano Fuksas, as featured Design Keynote Speaker. He will speak to over 500 conference design professionals and 150 from the general public on Thursday, September 13 at the Cleveland Museum of Art, from 5:30pm to 7:00pm.

"I am delighted that AIA Cleveland embraced my proposal to invite Fuksas as guest of honor at this year's conference. When I met him in his studio in Rome a few months ago, he was immediately intrigued by our invitation. Although he has never worked in Cleveland, he is familiar with the important projects that have been completed or are currently under construction by international architects, including the expansion of CMA itself. This is a positive sign. Along with Renzo Piano, Fuksas is the most recognized Italian architect in the world. My hope is that this visit will plant a seed for a project to be commissioned here to an Italian in the near future in," says Serena Scaiola, Hon. Consul of Italy. "The Convention was the ideal stage for me to present the very best Italy has to offer in the field of architecture. Additionally, the year 2013 has been declared ‘The Year of Italian Culture in the USA,' with a special focus on science and technology. In this context, Fuksas' visit makes perfect sense and offers our office an opportunity to get the year long calendar of events off to a phenomenal start," Scaiola added.

Fuksas has a major international practice with a record of delivering acclaimed projects all over the world. He was born in 1944 in Rome, where he graduated in 1969 in Architecture from "La Sapienza" University. In 1967 he set up his own studio in Rome, followed by a second one in Paris in 1989. In 2008 he established an office in Shenzhen, China. From 1998 to 2000 he served as Director of the "VII International Architecture Exhibition in Venice: Less Aesthetics, More Ethics." He has been appointed Visiting Professor at several universities, such as école Spéciale d'Architecture in Paris, the Akademie der Bildenden Kunste in Vienna, the Staadtliche Akademia des Bildenden Kunste in Stuttgart and Columbia University in New York. Since 2000 he has authored the architectural column founded by Bruno Zevi in the weekly Italian magazine "L'Espresso." Fuksas lives between Rome and Paris. The lecture he will present at the Cleveland Convention is titled "Et in Arcadia Ego," and will focus on a number of his most recently completed projects, as well as on some currently under construction.

Tickets are $20 and can be obtained at the following internet address: . For general information regarding the lecture, please visit the CMA website, For complete information about the conference, please visit,