Massimo Imparato


An architect and educator with over twenty years of professional practice in the creative industries and academic experience at the undergraduate and post graduate levels in Italy and the Middle East, that now converge in the new role of Senior Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture and Design at XJTLU.
Massimo was trained as an architect with Giancarlo De Carlo, with whom he collaborated at the ILA&UD ( In the same years he founded StudioBau, a architects' collective where he developed award winning projects, including the design for transformable furniture shortlisted for the Compasso d'Oro prize ( The projects carried out in the public sphere include the design of urban waterfronts, masterplans and guidelines for urban regeneration processes. He art directed manufacturing companies, designing product lines, exhibition spaces and installations, overseeing the entire operational chain.
Massimo taught studio courses at the Polytechnic of Milan, at the University of Trento, the Florence Institute of Design and the Academia of Mendrisio; in 2012 he was appointed Visiting Professor at the American University of Sharjah, and then he joined as a full time faculty the School of Architecture and Interior Design of Canadian University Dubai.
In the Middle East he established a broad professional and academic network of institutional and industrial leaders in research and innovation. His curatorial project UAE Modern ( gathers local and international experts to share experiences and exchange knowledge on design innovation for sustainable environments.
  • Qualifications

    • Post Graduate Certificate, Art and Design, University of Hertfordshire - 2018
    • MArch, Master of Architecture, School of Architecture, University of Genova - 1988
    • Faculty Teaching Certificate, American University of Sharjah - 2013
  • Experience

    • Director, School of Sustainability, 2018 - 2020
    • Art and Creative Director, Matrix International, 1997 - 2019
    • Assistant Professor of Architecture, Canadian University Dubai, 2015 - 2018
    • Founding Partner and Manager, Design Nation - Dubai, 2015 - 2018
    • Founder and Curator UAE Modern, Dubai, 2017 to present
    • Visiting Professor, American University of Sharjah, 2012 - 2014
    • Founding Partner and Manager, StudioBAU, 2000 -2012
    • Lecturer, Florence Institute of Design, 2010-2012
    • Art and Creative Director, Azucena, 2010 - 2011
    • Adjunct, Politecnico di Milano, 2001 - 2011
    • Adjunct, University of Trento, 2004 - 2007
  • Research interests

    • The research agenda that Massimo has carried on in the last years as a scholar and as the Director of SOS – School of Sustainability in Italy ( revolves on how architecture and design can contribute to the achievement of the seventeen SDGs of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development ( In particular, Massimo is focusing on the transition to circular economy, to shift from the conservative approach that has characterized Sustainability a more ambitious regenerative approach. Faithful to William McDonough' “'Be more good, not less bad'” Massimo is currently developing research on products, services and systems that aim at facilitating such trasnsition
  • Articles

    • Imparato, M, Arcipelago Italia, the 2018 Italian Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, Compassesworld, 2018
    • Imparato, M, Bjarke Ingels, a Social Infrastructure at Warehouse 421, Compasses World, 2017
  • Books, monographs, compilations and manuals

    • Imparato, M, Eero Saarinen: The Organit Unit in Furniture Design, Gangemi Editore, 2014, ISBN-13 : 978-8849227987 ISBN-10 : 8849227981
  • Conference presentations

    • 2019, Future Living Emirati, Keynote, Algurair University, Dubai
    • 2019, Creative Empathy in Architectural Design, Keynote, Ansal University, New Delhi
    • 2017, Places, Identity and Memories: first participation of UAE Modern to the Public Programme of the Dubai Design Week
    • 2018, People, Planet, Profits: second participation of UAE Modern to the Public Programme of the Dubai Design Week
    • 2019, Nature Based Generation: third participation of UAE Modern to the Public Programme of the Dubai Design Week
  • Teaching activities

    • IND314 Studio Practice 3
    • IND302 Design for Sustainability
  • Professional memberships

    • Licensed Architect, Chamber of Architects of the Province of La Spezia, Italy
  • Awards and honours

    • Finalist in the International competition for the redesign of the Waterfront in Vado Ligure (with ARUP and MTAA)
    • Finalist in the International competition for the redesign of a Waterfront in La Spezia (with ARUP and MTAA)
    • Finalist in the "Compasso d'Oro" Prize with the Project Curvilinea
  • Telephone

    +86 (0)512
  • Email
  • Address

    Suzhou Dushu Lake Science and Education Innovation District
    Suzhou Industrial Park