Martino Pedrozzi (Zurich 1971) founded and has led since 2003 the Summer School program WISH, Workshop on International Social Housing (www.wish.usi.ch), at the Academy of Architecture, Università della Svizzera italiana, where between 2016 and 2021 he was a design studio visiting professor. He is a board member of the “Teatro dell’architettura”, an on-campus museum devoted to major exhibitions, inaugurated in 2018 with the show “Louis Kahn and Venice”.
In 1996, after graduating from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) he worked in the studio of Oscar Niemeyer in Rio de Janeiro. Returning to Switzerland he established his own architectural practice (www.pedrozzi.com) in Mendrisio. His work ranges from complex urban projects at the invitation of both private and public companies such as Bâloise Group or the Swiss Federal Railways, to self-initiated interventions that engage with the rural heritage of the Swiss Alpine Region.
Martinos’s affinity for mountains, in part stems from two years in early childhood spent living in a remote Peruvian village, where he experienced the intense landscapes of the Andes.
His activities are internationally recognized through publications, public lectures and awards.
He published: “Il lido di Ascona di Livio Vacchini, Una teoria del giunto” (Edizioni Casagrande, Bellinzona, 2017); “Casualità e disegno, Edilizia residenziale e spazio pubblico a Lugano” (Edizioni Casagrande, Bellinzona, 2020); “Mini Cigarillos, Due mesi nello studio di Oscar Niemeyer” (Letteraventidue, Siracusa, 2020); “Perpetuating architecture, Martino Pedrozzi’s Interventions on the Rural Heritage in Valle di Blenio and in Val Malvaglia 1994–2017” (Park Books, Zurich, 2020) and an online collection of readings: www.primavera2020.ch