Mario Botta
Born April 1, 1943 in Mendrisio, Ticino. After an apprenticeship at the architects Carloni and Camenisch in Lugano, he attended the art school in Milan and continued his studies at the University Institute of Architecture in Venice, where he graduated in 1969 with the speakers Carlo Scarpa and Giuseppe Mazzariol.During his time in Venice, he had the opportunity to meet and work for Le Corbusier and Louis I. Kahn. His professional activity began in Lugano in 1970. He realizes the first single-family homes in the Canton of Ticino and subsequently numerous projects all over the world. Always engaged in an intense educational activity, over the last few years he has been active as the creator and founder of the Mendrisio architecture academy.His work has been awarded with important international awards including the Merit Award for Excellence in Design by the AIA for the modern art museum at San Francisco; the IAA 2005 Annual Prix, Sofia's International Academy of Architecture for the Kyobo tower in Seoul; the International Architecture Award of the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and the "European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage Europa Nostra" for the renovation of the La Scala Theater in Milan

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