Maurizio Rossi (born in Rome, Italy) is a professional architectural lighting designer based in Rome, Italy. He completed his studies in architectural and building techniques at the ITIS Bernini in Rome, Italy and began his professional career exploring several related fields: architectural and interior design as well as structural calculations.
When he moved to the United States he applied this experience working with manufacturers designing office and school furniture at the Herbert L. Farkas Company in New Jersey and at the same time exploring an artistic career with luminous sculptures, using to full advantage the characteristics of materials like Plexiglas.
In 1969 Rossi, in New York, met Seymour Evans one of New York's few lighting designers at that time. Evans after reviewing Rossi's professional qualifications, offered him a leading position in his lighting design firm. At this point, Rossi also began to study and to attend lighting design courses to enhance his qualifications in this new field. Having heard about Rossi's creativity and design capabilities in 1970 Howard Brandston one of the most prominent architectural lighting designers in the USA asked him to join his architectural lighting design firm in New York. At this time that Rossi while directing, among others, the lighting design project for the São Paulo Hilton in Brazil met and worked closely with Brazilian artist and landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx. In 1972 Brandston and Rossi decided to open a partnership branch of architectural lighting design in Milan, Italy. In 1975 Rossi was formally accepted as a Corporate Member of the IALD International Association Of Lighting Designers (IALD). During these years Mr. Rossi also taught lighting design at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut.
Lighting design firm
After moving definitely to Italy, in 1981 Rossi established his own professional firm in Rome, and since then it has produced close to 250 architectural lighting design projects in Italy and abroad.
Rossi, was the first (and still is the only) IALD Italian member and American-trained architectural lighting designer in Italy.
- Lex Hyatt Burlington Gardens, London, UK
- LD Café am Kröpcke Restaurants, Hannover, Germany
- Baden Baden Kurhaus Mövenpick, Baden Baden, Germany
- Città della Scienza, Bagnoli, Naples, Italy
- "Convoglia" Cappa Mazzoniana, Termini railway station, Rome, Italy
- Hyatt Caspian Sea Hotel, Caspian Sea, Iran
- Beirut Hilton Hotel, Beirut, Lebanon
- São Paulo Hilton Hotel, São Paulo, Brasil
- Grand Hotel Flora Marriott, Rome, Italy
- Lady Moura Luxury Yacht, Hamburg, Germany
- 120 m. Cruise ship, Viareggio, Italy
- Golden Odissey cruise ship, Elsinore, Denmark
- H.R.H. Turk Bin Faisal Al Saud residence, Rome, Italy
- H.R.H. Bendar Bin Faisal Al Saud residence, Rome, Italy
- Iran prime minister villa, Kish Island, Iran
Publications and interviews
- “La Repubblica” – Milano
- “Lighting Academy” “Convoglia"
- “Mondo Arc” Issue 50
- “Riviste Digitali - Luce & Design"
- Barr, Vilma. "Claude R. Engle interview". mondo*arc, issue 42 April/May 2008.
- Tarricone, Paul. "Good Grief, It's Howard Brandston" (PDF). LD+A, August 2003, pages 61–63. Illuminating Engineering Society of North America.
- "Il maestro della luce 'Il Castello? Ridono anche a Disneyland' - Repubblica.it » Ricerca". Ricerca.repubblica.it. 2009-07-27. Retrieved 2011-09-21.
- "Architonic". Architonic. 2009-06-10. Retrieved 2011-09-21.
- "Mondo_Arc_Issue_50". Content.yudu.com. Retrieved 2011-09-21.
- "Luce e Design N. 1 - Febbraio 2010". Riviste Digitali. Retrieved 2011-09-21.
- Official website (English)