ITALO FILIPPIN - ARCHITECT

I started to work as an architect with a construction company in 1981. I worked with them until 1987. I took part in the design and engineering of many buildings so as to gain practical experience, especially in the field of public works. My short tenure at the Architectural University of Venice in 1983-1984 resulted in two publications. I have also been a freelance architect since 1983, when I started to work mainly with building projects and urban design for private clients, businesses, and public institutions. I developed specific skills in design (both in the creative and in the practical phases), fire prevention, safety management, and construction management. Likewise, I analyzed all aspects of environmentally-friendly and energy-sustainable buildings. In the last few years, I have felt the need to pass on my skills to newly graduated architects, who have begun to practice the profession with my firm. I took part in several design competitions. It is my interaction with students that enlivens my passion for design. With students and colleagues I developed molds and prototypes for construction details. I host students from the Architectural University of Venice who desire to complete their required internships. My work has also been in industrial design and other projects to complete models for mass production. I worked with Professor Pedeferri of the Department of Applied Physics at the Polytechnic Institute of Milan to study the dyeing of titanium in the design of a bedframe. I collaborated with many professionals, including Andrea Costi, Làszlò Viràg, Fiorenzo Bernardi, Carlo Beraldo, Chiara Filippin, Candida Napoli e Fernando Lucato.

 
 

METHOD

A building must serve the purpose for which it was created, whatever that is. I have always thought that buildings that are necessary are the most beautiful and difficult to design. A wall must support and protect, a window must let light and heat in. All elements have a purpose, but they have to be combined artistically and proportionally to be the benefit of both individuals and the environment. This is true for buildings as well as for objects we use in our everyday lives, be it a bed or a table. Everything must be discernible in its basic parts and easily identified. Every construction detail must be made plain and simple. The idea must always be respected, because making a work of art is a process that requires a number of skills and disciplines. The story of a place, its conditions, and its rules are the premise for intuition into understanding its potential. Financial considerations are determinative for any building initiative. A project only takes shape after a sustained conversation about the final estimate and the available financial resources. This is the approach I utilize in my architecture, urban planning, and industrial design, which have been my prominent activities throughout the years.