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Conversations with Andrea Cadioli

Today we’d like to introduce you to Andrea Cadioli.

Hi Andrea, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I am an architectural designer and educator born and raised in Italy. Since I was young, I have always been fascinated by the multifaceted creative environment. I was a musician for EMI and tv presenter for MTV in the first half of my 20’s before working in between Beijing and Tokyo in the second half. I moved to Los Angeles in 2018 to complete my second masters at Southern California Institute of Architecture, where I am today a full-time instructor in the Design and Visual Study department. I began to associate creativity and communication early in my career. I have learned the power of talking to people in nonverbal languages and made it the focus of my work. I believe this is particularly important today with the complexity that cutting-edge technologies bring in our daily life. To be able to communicate with complex machines and simultaneously create objects that talk to people is going to be a fundamental value in our future society.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
My career is a constellation of dark dead ends entwined with a smaller but infinitely brighter amount of winning ideas. Ultimately I believe that failing is the fastest way to grow and, if you are lucky, you will find the perfect mix of timing, people, and opportunities to succeed. By living as a foreigner for more than half of my life, challenges have been a daily ingredient of my work. But along the way, I have met cultures, perspectives, and experiences that enriched me beyond every expectation. And today, I have found in LA a strong community of architects that believe in me and my work. After being awarded the SCI-Arc European Union scholarship to develop my career in Los Angeles, I became the recipient of the RISE Award from LA Design Festival. I am looking forward to the new opportunities that this incredible city has to offer to me and my field of work.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
My architecture relies on speculation and technology to explore the potential of the built environment. Because of that, I divide my time between practice and research. I believe that it is fundamental for our profession to stay simultaneously close to the field and to the latest technological and theoretical developments of academia. I am specialized in new aesthetics and visuals. I use cutting-edge software and computer languages specific to the architectural field to create spaces, objects, digital art, graphic design, and motion graphics. By working in a framework where mediums are necessarily mixed, I approach my projects as an opportunity to communicate with the larger public possible.

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