Dr. Santanicchia is an architect, professor and director of the Master's Program in Architecture at the Iceland University of the Arts. Massimo has acquired an extensive understanding of architecture as the result of his multicultural and multidisciplinary experiences in learning, teaching, researching, and practicing architecture and design, matured by working with different universities, firms, contexts, and people.
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 and beyond.
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.
Massimo has a PhD in Education and Diversity and Cultural Studies from the University of Iceland.