Mario Cucinella (1960-) is a relevant contemporary Italian architect. His work is strongly focused on the themes of environmental sustainability and the search for ecological architecture. His projects, often rich in plants and “green” inserts, also draw inspiration for shapes from the plant world. Graduated in architecture in Genoa under the guidance of Giancarlo De Carlo, he worked for several years in Renzo Piano's studio and then founded his own business in the early 1990s with offices in Paris and Bologna. Among his most evocative projects, still under construction, are the Unipol Tower in Milan and the Ekspozita Building in Tirana. His interventions in the world of product design have focused on the light and lighting sector, with collaborations with companies such as Artemide and iGuzzini.