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Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel
Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel
nationality: italian
Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel
Via Cerva, 4
20122 Milano - Italy
Tel: +39.02.7638801
Antonio Citterio Antonio Citterio

* Meda, Italy, 16 June 1950
nationality: italian
Patricia Viel Patricia Viel

* Milan [Milano], Italy, 29 December 1962
nationality: italian
Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel (ACPV) is an international architecture and interior design practice headquartered in Milan, Italy, founded by architects Antonio Citterio and Patricia Viel, in 2000.

The practice is currently involved in several international projects, embracing different scales of intervention – from master planning to mixed-use developments, to residential and commercial buildings, corporate headquarters and hotels – in collaboration with a qualified network of specialist consultants.

ACPV can rely on a staff of more than 130 people, coordinated by eight partners. Recent projects include luxury hotels in Europe, China and the Middle East, NOVE – an office building in Munich (Germany) – Arte, a residential condominium in Miami (US), Nexxt–Fastweb’s new HQ in Milan, and La Bella Vita high-rise in Taichung (Taiwan).
2010 - 2010
Chiesa di S.Bernardino in Piazza D’Armi
Italy [Italia] » L'Aquila
2000 - 2003
Italy [Italia] » Novedrate
  The Importance of Being an Architect
Directed by
Giorgio Ferrero
Year of production
Nerio Alessandri, Francesco Bonami, Marco Brambilla, Giorgio Busnelli, Sara Busnelli, Giovanna Calvenzi, Francesca Carlino, Christopher Chang, Aldo Cibic, Antonio Citterio, Massimo De Carlo, Rolf Fehlbaum, Michael Haentjes, Paolo Mazza, Paolo Nava, Marinella Patetta, Christoph Radl, Claudio Raviolo, Deyan Sudjic, Silvio Ursini, Patricia Viel, Aanna Zegna, Chung-Yi Yang
Architect's role
Italian architecture and interior design practice Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel (ACPV) presents the film ‘The Importance of Being an Architect’ (a MyBossWas production, by Giorgio Ferrero and Federico Biasin, 60’, Italy). Conceived as a choral and musical documentary that investigates the responsibility of architects in building the society of tomorrow, the film will be screened for the first time at the Milan Design Film Festival, taking place between October 20 and 24, 2021.

Set in four acts, the film explores – through the gaze of architect Antonio Citterio, one of the most renowned Italian designers in the world, and architect Patricia Viel, the two co-founders of ACPV – a vision for the architecture of tomorrow, centered on an armistice between nature and the built environment. Alternating dialogues with various personalities from the world of fashion, art and design, and exploring pieces of architecture designed by ACPV, the documentary offers a vision of the post-Covid world, in the midst of the climate crisis and urban redistribution, while guiding the viewer between elements of the design methodology, from data analysis and technological innovation, to travel as an inexhaustible engine of inspiration.

“My life has always been a journey through places, ideas and experiences that represent a continuous source of inspiration: this film revisits these moments to map the outlines of my vision for the future,” says Antonio Citterio. “In 2020, I turned 70, celebrated the 50th anniversary of my career, and the 20th anniversary of the practice founded together with Patricia Viel. This documentary has been an opportunity to take a step back and look at the most important moments of the past decades as an architect and designer.”

Conceived as a virtual dialogue and musical journey, the film starts off with the first act that focuses on the compatibility between architecture and nature, with personalities such as Anna Zegna, Massimo De Carlo, Francesco Bonami and Rolf Fehlbaum, who seek a definition of the concept of architecture and the social responsibility that it carries in present-day society. In the second act, the former director of the Design Museum (London), Deyan Sudjic recounts Antonio Citterio’s professional path as a designer and architect, starting from the 1980s creative boom in Milan. In the third act, ACPV opens up to the viewer, offering a glimpse of a holistic and multidisciplinary approach to the day-to-day complexities of designing buildings and spaces. The film closes with the memories of the great masters Antonio Citterio and Patricia Viel met during their life and work; and finishes with an understanding of how the responsibility of the architectural profession has evolved, as far as being expected to respond to social changes and the challenges of globalization.

“With this film, we are proposing an interpretation of the role that architecture and architects will play in present-day society and beyond,” says Patricia Viel. “We do it through a series of dialogues with people from the world of art, fashion, culture and lifestyle, with whom we have built a shared history. Architecture is introduced as an undulating, non-intrusive element, echoed in the notes hit by the musicians that bring the four acts to life.”

The energies within the architectural works by ACPV are evoked through musical scenes set in different parts of the world (Milan, L'Aquila, Hamburg, Taichung, Miami), where different musicians hit spatially distant notes that meet in a single composition that breaks down distances and projects man into his natural habitat, that of the cities of tomorrow.

“During the pandemic, at the beginning of 2020, we wondered what the future of our cities would be,” says Giorgio Ferrero, one of the film’s directors, and musical authors. “Our built habitat contains latent energies that can modify our confidence in the future and our prospect of happiness in a historical period in which disorientation seems to take over. We live in an era of change, in which, for the first time, nature begins to be perceived as something fundamentally integrated with us and our cities. To understand in which direction to orient our thinking, we asked one of the most important architectural firms in Italy, and around the world, to tell us about its experience and to share its vision.”

“We thank Antonio Citterio, Patricia Viel, the ACPV practice, and all the guests who have shared their ideas with us in this journey,” adds Federico Biasin, film director, “and for helping us understand how care for the project, whatever it may be, should be projected towards a future that is functional to a conscious, collaborative, and inclusive change and not just compressed in the grip of today's frenzy.”
Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners. Progetti recenti, Milano,SpazioFMG, 21 september / 19 october 2012
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