Joseph di Pasquale

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Joseph Di Pasquale
Born (1968-04-24) 24 April 1968 (age 51)
Como, Italy
Alma materPolitecnico di Milano

Joseph Di Pasquale is an Italian architect.

Biographical notes[edit]

Graduated magna cum laude in architecture at Politecnico di Milano in 1991. He has been contract professor at Faculty od Architecture and Society at Politecnico di Milano from 2009 to 2015. He started his professional practice in 1992. In 2001 he studied Film Directing in New York Film Academy. His professional practice JDP Architects[1] operates in Europe and China. In 2019 he got a "cum laude" PhD at Politecnico di Milano with the thesis: "Hybrid Modular Architecture: a strategic framework of building innovation for emerging housing behaviors in urban contexts".


He claims the lack of identity in contemporary globalized architecture and he considered himself an architectural storyteller, a seeker of new interpretations for the contemporary city. In the book "dense city" identifies a structural relationship between urban density and cultural identity in the urban fabric and architecture.[2] He said that "the contemporary city is no longer able to generate significant urban space because the modern architecture has abandoned the idea of "facade", which means the idea to orient the buildings, therefore the city no longer looks toward its space, but it's made by architectures that are meant to be looked upon as single sculptures or objects". Since 2008, he produces an intense cultural dissemination activity with lectures and conferences in Italy, China, Russia and United States. He has been an observer of the historical meeting between the Chinese tradition and the western contemporary society in the early 21st century. In 2013, he declares to the Il Sole 24 Ore that contemporary Chinese society and architecture are "seeking the contemporary transposition of its millenary tradition[3]". Moreover, he's the author of many articles of "L'Arca International" magazine.[4] In his academic research he defines and investigates the hybrid modular systems concepts in terms of process innovation linked with the ongoing deep changes of life styles and housing habits in our contemporaneity.

Competitions and projects[edit]

He won several national and international competitions of architecture, among which the Tianjin Eco Town and the Guangzhou Circle, opened in 2013, that CNN listed in the 10 most interesting buildings that will appear in 2014 worldwide.[5] Other relevant projects are Gewiss production plant, Intercos, Polini, Valsir, Aerea headquarter, amusement park of Minitalia Leolandia in Turate (Italy), and the masterplan Choruslife Bergamo in 2016.


  • 2008. Emergenza/tessuto, appunti per una metodologia della composizione architettonica.
  • 2010. La città densa. Identità urbana e densità edilizia.
  • 2014. City manifesto. Buildings, architecture and urban design works at AM Project Milan.
  • 2014. Pop-up hotel Expo 2015. Temporaneità come condizione permanente.
  • 2015. Lost in Globalization. The paradigm of Chinese urban housing.
  • 2015. Scalable Modular Architecture. A dynamic Housing for a changing society.
  • 2017. Typological and Technological innovation for the application of hybrid systems to housing construction. In: TECHNE vol.13.


  • WGDO World Green Design Contribution Award 2015 for Guangzhou Circle Building.
  • WT Smart City Award 2017 given by Città Metropolitana di Milano for Chorus Life.[6]
  • ICONIC LANDSCAPE AWARD 2018 for design of CHORUSLIFE HOTEL, released by international forum Eco Green Tech, Topscape and Paysage magazines.[7]


  1. ^ JDP Architects Staff
  2. ^ Edizioni Ares Archived 2016-10-03 at the Wayback Machine Faccia e Facciata, Studi Cattolici n 600 feb 2011, ed Ares Milano
  3. ^ Il Sole 24 Ore Arredo, l'Italia insegue la Germania sul mercato cinese
  4. ^ Arca International L'Arca
  5. ^ CNN 10 eye-popping new buildings that you'll see in 2014
  6. ^ WT Smart City Award 2017 Archived 2017-04-21 at the Wayback Machine WT Smart City Award 2017