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Curator Profile

Matteo Cainer is a practising architect, teacher and curator. Based in London and Paris, he is principal of Matteo Cainer Architecture, founder of the Confluence Institute for Innovation and Creative Strategies in Architecture in Lyon, France and director of Architecture Whispers.

After receiving his master’s degree from the University of Architecture in Venice, Italy, he worked and collaborated with a number of celebrated international practices including Peter Eisenman in New York, Coop Himmelb(l)au in Vienna, and Arata Isozaki Associati in Milan. In 2004 he was Assistant Director to Kurt W Forster for the 9th International Architecture Exhibition for the Venice Biennale - METAMORPH, and in 2006 was appointed Curator of the London Architecture Biennale - CHANGE. It is in London that he creates/directs the Design Research Studio at Fletcher Priest Architects, and then in June 2010 opens his own office.

In 2009 he starts teaching in Paris at the École Spéciale d’Architecture and in 2011 moves and opens his office in Paris. In 2010 he conceives, creates and directs the Pavillon Spéciale, an annual architectural series that gave international young emerging and experimental architects the opportunity to build a temporary pavilion in the heart of Paris. In 2013 he co-founded and co-directs with Odile Decq the Confluence Institute for Innovation and Creative Strategies in Architecture in Lyon and was Chair until July 2015. In 2013 he also conceives ‘Architecture Whispers’, a series of intimate multidisciplinary and cross-cultural conversations between emerging, established and visionary international architects and their colleagues in other disciplines.

Current projects include the construction of the ‘Forêt Urbaine’ a 1433sqm transformation of a Parisian penthouse, Transcendence- the machine for social change and research on cyber-prosthetic architecture.

The work of Matteo Cainer has received various awards and been published in numerous books and international magazines; furthermore, he has written and edited a number of books and articles in the field of architecture and design.