Born in Milano in 1955, Cino Zucchi earned a Bachelor of Science in Art and Design at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, Mass.) in 1978 and a Laurea in Architettura at the Politecnico di Milano in 1979, where he is currently Chair Professor of Architectural and Urban Design and member of the PhD program. He has been ‘John T. Dunlop Visiting Professor in Housing and Urbanization’ at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 2013 and has been visiting professor for various universities in the past including Syracuse University in Florence, the ETH in Zürich and the Universidad Politécnica in Madrid.
He is regularly invited to give lectures and sit on architectural juries both in Italy and abroad. He is a member of international research teams such as the ARE_Living on housing innovation, and has been the president of the Jury of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2015.
His essays and writings on urban design, history and theory of architecture have been published in many international magazines including “Domus”, “Casabella”, “Abitare”, “San Rocco”, “Qa” (of which he has been editor from 1989 to 1995) and “Lotus International” (of which he has been member of the forum from 1996 to 2013).
He is the author of the books “L’architettura dei cortili milanesi 1535-1706″ (Electa 1989), “Asnago e Vender. Architetture e progetti 1925-1970“ (Skira, 1999), “Cino Zucchi. Inspiration and Process in Architecture” (Moleskine, 2012); and editor of “Bau-Kunst-Bau” (Clean, 1994), “Innesti/Grafting” (Marsilio, 2014), “Sempering. Process and pattern in architecture and design” (Silvana, 2016) and “Everyday Wonders. Luigi Caccia Dominioni and the corso Italia complex” (Corraini Edizioni, 2018).
He participated to the organization and exhibition design of the XV, XVI, XVIII, XIX and XXI Triennale di Milano, and was part of the scientific committee of the XXI Triennale, of MAXXI in Roma, of Enciclopedia Treccani and of Miarch festival. He has been the curator of the Italian Pavilion with Innesti/Grafting of the 14th edition of the Biennale di Architettura di Venezia (2014). His work has been shown at the 6th, 8th, 12th, 13th and 16th Biennale di Architettura di Venezia, where the installation “Copycat. Empathy and Envy as Form-makers” has been awarded with a special mention by the Jury (2012).