Mr Saverio Panata

Chief Operating Officer
Carlo Ratti Associati

Saverio graduated with honors from the Università IUAV di Venezia with a thesis on sustainable growth scenarios for industrial areas. While at IUAV, he spent 6 months at SCI-Arc in Los Angeles with a FIPSE scholarship and a year at the TU DELFT under the Erasmus program. From 2004 to 2006, he was project architect for Archea in Florence. With a Fulbright scholarship, Saverio moved to Cambridge where he received a Master in Architecture at Harvard University GSD (Graduate School of Design); he was awarded the Faculty Design Award for significant design achievements. While in the United States, he worked for KSWA and the MIT Senseable City Lab. Saverio returned to IUAV where, in 2012, he completed a Ph.D. ‘Villard d’Honnecourt’ with research on the possibilities of the ‘rural’ in defining a state of ‘opposition’ to the dominant urban paradigm.

From 2008 to 2013, as founding partner of Spedstudio, he won several international design competitions such as Aalst masterplan (2012 – 1st prize); Casa della Memoria (2012 – 2nd prize); Albarola square (2010 – 1st prize) and Carso2014+ (2010 – shortlisted). Saverio joined CRA in 2014 as a senior project manager. From May 2014 to September 2016 he was Chief Operating Officer of Makr Shakr, a robotic start-up company. From September 2016 he is Chief Operating Officer of Carlo Ratti Associati – Turin.

Title: An Architecture that Senses and Responds

The increasing deployment of sensors and hand-held electronics in recent years allows for a built environment ‘that senses and responds’, potentially representing a breakthrough in the way building and cities are designed.

The way we describe and understand buildings is being radically transformed – alongside the tools we use to design them and impact on their physical structure. The contribution will address these issues from a critical point of view through projects by the innovation design firm Carlo Ratti Associati.