Andrea Branzi

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Andrea Branzi
Born 1938
Nationality Italian
Awards 1987 Compasso d'oro
Practice Archizoom associates

Andrea Branzi (born 30 November 1938) is an Italian architect and designer.[1]


Branzi was born in Florence, where he also graduated in architecture. Currently he lives and works in Milan, Italy, where he moved in 1973.

His work and interests relate to industrial design, architecture, urban planning, and cultural promotion. He also works as a professor of industrial design at the Politecnico di Milano University.

He founded with Paolo Deganello, Massimo Morozzi and Gilberto Coretti the Archizoom associates. He is a promoter of the Italian Radical Architecture movement. From the Radical Period, came the very famous Superarchitettura theoretical framework, which brought to Anti-Design. In his career, Branzi wrote many books, among which are Learning from Milan, The Hot House and Domestic Animals (published by MIT press),[2] 'Nouvelles de la Metropole Froide' (Centre Georges Pompidou) and Introduzione al Design Italiano. Branzi has collaborated with many Italian architectural magazines such as 'Interni', 'Domus', 'Casabella'. He has also been the editor of MODO (1983–1987).

In 1983 he was one of the founders of the 'Domus Academy', the first international post-graduate school of design.[3]

His enormous work Vase is on permanent display in the courtyard of the Design Museum in Gent. In 2008 he installed his work Open Enclosures at the Fondation Cartier in Paris.

In 2008 Andrea Branzi was named an Honorary Royal Designer in the United Kingdom. The same year he launched a series of shelves, "Trees", which were exhibited at the Carpenters Workshop Gallery in Paris.[4]


  1. ^ "Andrea Branzi". Art Directory: Design. Retrieved 11 September 2010. 
  2. ^ "Andrea Branzi". The MIT Press. Retrieved 11 September 2010. 
  3. ^ "Children, spaces, relations". Reggio Children. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Andrea Branzi exhibition at Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Paris". Retrieved 15 March 2012. 

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