Massimo Santanicchia is an architect, associate professor, and program director in architecture at the Iceland University of the Arts. Massimo’s work focuses on the politics of architectural education, by posing the questions: what are the politics of your design? and what is the design of your politics? In his research, Massimo draws upon literature on justice, citizenship, feminism, posthumanism, and cosmopolitanism to rethink architectural education and its practice in the Icelandic context.
Massimo has been working on developing the concept of Cosmopolitan Citizenship Architecture Education as a model to generate a renewed understanding on the designers’ roles and responsibilities towards our common social and ecological environment aimed at using the design process as an instrument for care and the betterment of the world.
Massimo holds three Master's degrees. MArch from IUAV Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia; MA in Housing and Urbanism from AA Architectural Association, School of Architecture in London; and MSc in Regional Urban Planning Studies from LSE London School of Economics and Political Science.