Francesco Fresa, Germán Fuenmayor, Gino Garbellini and Monica Tricario formed the Piuarch studio in 1996 out of a desire to merge different experiences into a shared architectural project.

The studio is located in an open space in a former industrial building that once hosted a typography business in Brera, in the centre of Milan. Here, Piuarch designs public buildings, office and residential complexes, commercial spaces, boutiques, shopping malls and even urban plans, with the contribution of consultants from various disciplines.
Piuarch has pursued these themes participating in competitions, developing projects from the planning to the final construction phase, elaborating interior design projects.

In recent years Piuarch has developed a number of projects abroad. It is active in China, Algeria, Russia, where it has recently opened an operational office, and in Ukraine, with ongoing and realized projects.


Competitions First Prize


  • Latteria Sociale Valtellina (dairy store), invited competition for the architectonic and functional redevelopment of the commercial-exhibition areas in Postalesio (SO)


  • Enel Pavilion at Expo 2015 Milano


  • New Headquarters for IDF Habitat in Champigny Sur Marne, France


  • Garda Trentino Fiere S.p.a, design competition for the redevelopment and expansion of the congress center of Riva del Garda
  • Fondazione delle università milanesi, Competition for expansion of the Collegio di Milano


  • Galaxy LLC,  invited competition for the construction of a business center in St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Hines Italia SGR Spa, Competition Porta Nuova, Milan – Buildings E1-E2


  • Municipality of Milan, Competition Ansaldo City of Cultures with David Chipperfield
  • Municipality of Naples, Competition for the creation of new social spaces in Rione Cavalleggeri, Naples


Other Competitions


  • Banque Libano-Française (BLF) new headquarters, Beirut, Lebanon (invited competition)


  • Telecom Headquarters, EUR area, Rome (invited competition)
  • Multifunctional complex with Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Moscow, Russia (invited competition)
  • Unipolsai Headquarters, Milan (invited competition)


  • Civic centre in Isola-Garibaldi district, Milan
  • Residential Building in via Pichi, Brioschi Sviluppo Immobiliare Spa, Milan (invited competition)


  • New school complex in the Integrated Intervention Program in Cascina Merlata, Milan
  • Olympic Campus / a new headquarters for IOC - International Olympic Committee (shortlisted project)
  • EXPO 2015 Milano, Info Point competition (invited competition)
  • Competition for E3-West / E3-East Buildings in Porta Nuova, Milan (invited competition)


  • Refurbishment of Velodromo Maspes-Vigorelli, Milan
  • Building for the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Berlin
  • Hotel in Piazza Duca D'Aosta, Milan (invited competition)


  • Center for Biotechnology and Biomedical Research for Ri.MED Foundation, Palermo


  • Sonatrach Buildings in Algiers, Algeria (invited competition)


  • Cascina Merlata Masterplan, Milan (invited competition)




  • Italian Architect of the year 2013, Prize given by the  National Order of the Architects  in collaboration with MAXXI  in Rome.


  • Triennale di Milano, Gold Medal for Italian Architecture – Honorable Mention, with the project Bentini Headquarters
  • Invitation for participation in the XIII International Architecture Exhibition in Venice, Italy Pavilion


  • Invitation for participation in the XII International Architecture Exhibition in Venice, Italy Pavilion


  • Triennale di Milano, Gold Medal for Italian Architecture – Honorable Mention, with the project D&G Headquarters


  • The Architectural Review, Emerging Architecture Awards – Honorable Mention, with the project D&G Headquarters


  • National Academy of San Luca, Young Award – selected
  • Municipality of Milan, The Prince and the Architect award – selected
  • Ecoscuola. Twenty projects for a school in Bagno a Ripoli – selected


  • European Architecture Award Luigi Cosenza – selected


  • Bauwelt Preis – selected


  • European Architecture Award Luigi Cosenza – selected




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