Claudio Lucchesi is a distinguished architect and the current CEO of urban future organizations global operations actively engaged in professional practice. He earned his degree from the Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria, Italy, in 1995. Early in his career, he collaborated with Bruno Isgrò’s architectural firm before pursuing a post-graduate design course at the Architectural Association in London, led by Jeffry Kipnis and Barham Shirdel.
Since 1996, Claudio has been a registered member of the Association of the Architects of Messina and affiliated with the National Institute of Bio Architecture. In 1996, while in London, he played a pivotal role in founding the Urban Future Organization.
Claudio has exhibited the works of the Urban Future Organization in various international cities and has been featured in prestigious architectural publications such as il Progetto, Casabella, l’Arca, CA Architecture and Concept, Vogue Italia, Wall Paper, Archined, and 10 critics x 100 architects, with commentary by Zaha Hadid published by Phaidon London.
His contributions extend beyond practice to academia. Claudio Lucchesi has served as a visiting professor at FADU of Buenos Aires and a guest critic at institutions including London MET, Architectural Association, and Westminster University of London. He has also participated in international design competition juries in Florence and Seoul.
Notable accolades include the gold medal for the Europe Holcim Award in 2005 for the Amalfi water power project and the silver medal for the Global Holcim Award in 2006. In 2006, he was recognized with the Mohd Award as the best architect in Messina, followed by the Vaccarini Award in 2007 for the best project in Sicily and the best interior design project.
Several of Claudio’s projects, such as Casa Nicola in 2007 and the Lemon Factory in 2011, were finalists for the Mies Van der Rohe Award. The Lemon Factory also received the In/Arch award as the best contemporary project in Sicily and was exhibited in the Italian Pavilion of the XII Biennale di Architettura in Venice.
With the Urban Future Organization, Claudio Lucchesi has secured victories in various international design competitions, including projects such as the Sarajevo National Concert Hall, the MAAC Museum of Art and Architecture in Castelmola, the Etna’s Ski Centre, the new waterfront and polycenter of Messina, the Super City of Shenzhen, and the visitor centre of the archaeological park of Tindari.
Presently, Claudio is actively contributing to the development of the office’s portfolio in Italy.