The Studio’s practice reflects a strikingly wide range of work, from residential, educational and industrial building design to restoration, landscape design and urban planning.
We work intensively with a consolidated network of specialists (structural and systems engineers, landscaping and lighting design professionals). Our work method is continuously evolving and is based on a balance between listening to our client’s needs, applying our team’s knowledge and skills, and making architecturally coherent choices to devise integrated design solutions, driven by a passion for innovation. We believe that a project should always express an essential synthesis of all the elements that separately comprise and inform the character of a built environment.
The Studio is keenly aware of the importance of cultural heritage and natural landscape needs, and attentive to urban regeneration processes. We are devoted to researching and finding the synergy between figurative expression, sustainability and functionality, while applying a firm focus on the architectural process to reach our goals.
Pierpaolo Ricatti graduated in Architecture from the University Institute of Architecture in Venice (IUAV) in 1970.
He has been involved in designing numerous school buildings, and between 1976 and 1982 was a partner of SBR Progetti which designed several school buildings in the province of Vicenza. Some of these projects were published in leading Italian and international architectural reviews such as Architecture d’Aujourd’hui (April 1977 and October 1980), Guida all’Architettura Moderna, Italia Zanichelli (1988), and Architetti Veneti Vol 1., Biblioteca dell’Immagine (1993).
At the same time he was involved in urban architectural planning projects, such as the Development Plan of the Leogra-Timonchio Community and the Guideline Design for Restoring the Contradas. The latter project was published in Spazio & Società n. 15-16 (1981) and in Architettura n. 446 (December 1992), following an Honorable Mention award at the InArch 1991-92 National Prize competition.
In 1991-1992, as President of the Association of Architects of Vicenza, he organized two cycles of seminars on “Restoration” together with the Association of Artisans and the Order of Architects of the Province of Vicenza, whose participants included Arch. Massimo Carmassi, Prof. Salvatore Di Pasquale, Prof. Paolo Marconi, Arch. Mario Piana and Arch. Paolo Portoghesi.
From 1994 to 2004, he formed a temporary partnership with Arch. Umberto Riva’s Studio and together they worked on several projects and competitions. They won the first prize in a closed national competition for the development of Piazza della Farnesina in Rome which was designed and constructed (published in Area n. 48 January-February 2000); a closed competition for a proposal to develop and expand the Trade Fair Complex in Vicenza; a design competition for restoring the Complesso del Pio Loco delle Penitenti in Venice; the Fincantieri shipyard in Castellammare di Stabia, which was built (published in Lotus International No. 116, March 2003) and later awarded the Gold Medal for Italian Architecture in May 2003 at the Triennale di Milano; the renovation project for the outbuildings of Villa Caldogno, in Caldogno (Vicenza), later completed (published in Paesaggio Urbano No. 6, December 2009); and the preliminary and final design for the renovation of Piazza Matteotti in Vicenza.
From 2005 to 2010 the Studio designed several industrial facilities for the Diesel SpA group, including the new Diesel Kids headquarters in Marostica (Vicenza) – reviewed in Architetti No. 11 (November 2008) and in Quaderni del Territorio, Pedemontana Veneta, Il Poligrafo (June 2009) – and the new Diesel Headquarters in Breganze (Vicenza). The latter was selected for “The Made in Italy Architecture” show held in the Italian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale’s 13th International Architecture Exhibition in 2012.
In 2012 the practice was awarded second prize for its design project of Piazza Partigiani in Sassuolo (Modena) and in 2014 won second prize for its proposal for the new university complex of the Arcispedale Sant’Anna in Cona (Ferrara).
Completed in 2016, Studio Ricatti provided the interior design for the Delta Galil Ltd headquarters in Caesarea (Israel). The project was selected for the “Best Italian Interior Design Selection 2018 by Platform” exhibition and catalogue.
In 2017-2018 the Studio was shortlisted in the architectural design competition for the new “B. Malfatti” Junior High School in Mori (Trent).
In September 2020 the practice won first prize in the international design competition “Restarting community spaces – Urban regeneration of the Segrate city center” (with Arch. Marcello Tavone – On Cities, Arch. Luca Catalano, and Eng. Maurizio Milan – Milan Ingegneria).