Partner, Architect Gian luigi Melis


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CEO, Principal Graduated in architecture in Florence (1995), Gian luigi Melis, founder of Heliopolis 21, has received several awards and prizes like the international Prizes “Dedalo Minosse” for the ecologic stations, and, more recently, the first prizes for the Teatro della Misericordia in Vinci, the Riva del Garda Exhibition Fair with Coop Himmelblau, the Montelupo Bridge, Fucecchio town refurbishment and the Ex Guidotti University Building in Pisa together with Roger Diener.

Partner, Architect Alessandro Melis


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Design Director, Member of the Board Founder of H21, Alessandro Melis has received a Master and a Ph.D. in Architecture and Urban Design from the University of Florence. He teaches sustainable design and he is senior Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Auckland, Head of the Postgraduate Master PPS Program_Urban Strategies at the University of Applied Arts Vienna (die Angewandte), Honorary Fellow at the Edinburgh School of Architecture (ESALA) and Visiting Professor at the Anhalt University (Dessau). His internationally published writings include researches on climate radicalism and sustainability, design criticism, new utopias and contemporary visionarism.

Partner, Architect Nico Panizzi


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Project Director, Member of the Board. Nico Panizzi has received master degree in Architecture (Florence, 2000) and he joined Heliopolis 21 in 2006. He is author of several researches and publications on urban design. Under is coordination Heliopolis’ projects have been internationally awarded and exhibited including the X (Crotone Waterfront project) and XIII (GT project) Biennale di Venezia.

Associate, Architect Ilaria Fruzzetti  


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She graduated in Architecture at the University of Florence in protection and recovery of the historical architecture . Since 2002 she has been H21’s collaborator, becoming associate in 2007. Within the studio, she manages and coordinates all activities of office management; she is responsible for restoration projects, renovation and restoration, works management  and safety management.

Associate, P.Ind. Filippo Mariani


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He obtained the Diploma of Industrial Construction at the ITIS school in Pisa. Since 2001 he has been H21’s collaborator, becoming associate in 2007. He is the Site manager, responsible for all accounting elements related to the construction process and he carries out construction supervision and safety coordinator.

Associate, Architect Laura Luperi



She received her Master Degree, summa cum laude, in Architecture from the University of Florence and specialized in Restoration and Preservation of Architectural Heritage. She also attended several high education courses, Exhibition Design and Museography from Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa among the others. She joined Heliopolis 21 in 2007 becoming associate in 2017. She coordinates the Tenders and Competitions area and she is responsible of the procedural, administrative and legal activities related to public works.