Prof. Dr. Alessandro Rizzo, Architect (DottArch, MA, PhD)
Born in Rome in 1966, graduates in architecture at the University of Florence in 1992 and gets his post graduate degree (MA) in Housing & Urbanism at the Architectural Association in London in 1995. Phd in Urban and Architectural design, has won a professorship in urban planning at the Faculty of Architecture in Florence in 2013. Since 1996, he practices in Viareggio while teaching at the Department of Design of the University of Florence, where he coordinates the joint academic programme with the AA in London. At the AA, he has also lectured as external tutor and was part of students’ work evaluation juries. He was associated with Richard Rogers Partnership in London to develop the strategic masterplan for the seaside portion of Viareggio’s city centre and with Joan Busquets in Barcelona to develop the project for a new marina within the port of Viareggio. Member of the technical and scientific committee within the AITI (Associazione Italiana di Tecnica Idrotermale), he is part of a multi-disciplinary team which operates in the field of thermal baths and SPA design, covering all its aspects from the search for mineral springs to the building implementation and management. Among his works, besides the masterplan in Viareggio (1998-2002) and the new marina (2006-2009) are the new hotel and thermal baths on the lakeshore of Massaciuccoli (2002-2005), the Teresita beach club and wellness centre, for which he won the Balneapool prize in 2007, a multi-purpose building in tripoli (Libia), a public housing intervention for 30 units in Viareggio, the joint base transceiver station (BTS) network for Tim, Vodafone, H3G and Wind in Viareggio, the strategic planning for the urban development company for Viareggio’s port area. His professional and academic works are widely published on books and trade magazines. Works and lives between Viareggio, Florence and London.