Matilde Cassani moves on the border between architecture, installation and event design.
​Her research ​based practice reflects the spatial implications of cultural pluralism in the contemporary Western context. Her works have been showcased in many cultural institutions, galleries and published in several magazines such as Architectural Review, Domus, Abitare, Arqa, Arkitecktur, MONU magazine on Urbanism.

She has been a resident fellow at “Akademie Schloss Solitude” in Stuttgart and at the “Headlands Center for the Arts” in San Francisco. Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York hosted her exhibition “Sacred Spaces in Profane Buildings” in September 2011. She moreover designed the National Pavilion of The Kingdom of Bahrain at the XIII Venice Architecture Biennale in 2012 and she took part of the XIV Venice Architecture Biennale (Monditalia) with the piece “Countryside worship”, recently acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

She has taken part in many international conferences and lectured in various international Universities such as Columbia University in New York and E​cole Speciale d’Architecture in Paris. She currently teaches at Politecnico di Milano and at Domus Academy.

Selected exhibitions

2015: The Man who sat on himself, curated by Szuzanna Staniz, Angelica Sule, Kate Strain at Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo
2014: Monditalia, IV Biennale di Venezia, Arsenale, Venice, curated by Rem Kolhaas.
Hidden cities, SomARTS Gallery, San Francisco, curated by Pireeeni Sundaralingam.
2013: Design, La Sindrome dell’ Influenza, curated by Pierluigi Nicolin, La Triennale di Milano.
2012: XII Venice Architecture Biennale, National Participation, Kingdom of Bahrein, exhibition design with Francesco Librizzi and Stefano Tropea, curated by Noura AlSayeh.
The Urban Cultures of Global Prayers, curated by Jocken Becker, Stephan Lanz, The Global Prayers Theme Days at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (February 23–26, 2012).
Staten Island Second Saturdays Art Walk, curated by Monica Venenzuela, New York, USA, February.
Kunshaus Langenthal, Hier Beginnt die Welt, August- November 2012, Langenthal.
2011: “Even covering of the field”, FFAR, Forum fur Arkitektur, Stockholm, Sweden, November
“Sacred spaces in profane buildings”, Storefront for art and architecture, New York, September-November.
Stazione futuro: qui si rifà l’ Italia, Officine Grandi Riparazioni, Torino, curated by Luca Molinari. | link
Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany. Curated by Jean Baptiste Joly. | link
2010: Bat Yam Biennale of Landscape urbanism “TIMING 2010”, Bat Yam, Israel. Curated by Yael Moria and Sigal Barnir;| link
»Territorien des In/Humanen« im Württembergischen Kunstverein, Stuttgart. Curated by: Hans Christ and Iris Dressler. | link »Another Country / Eine andere Welt« IFA, Berlin. - »Another Country / Eine andere Welt« IFA, Berlin. | link
»Another Country / Eine andere Welt« IFA, Berlin. - »Another Country / Eine andere Welt« IFA, Stuttgart. | link
Smart Future Minds Award, Rome, Italy | link
2009: Dreaming Milano, Ex Fondazione Mazzotta;
12xMilano: New Italian Architecture visions for a metropolis in movement«, Urban Center, Milan, Italy | link
2008: Acquatecture: nuovi scenari per la sopravvivenza«, Nuova Accademia Belle Arti (NABA) and Associazione no-profit H2O, Milan, Italy.

Grants and Awards:

2014: YAP MAXXI, Roma, Giovani architetti italiani, shortlisted.
2013: YAP MAXXI, Roma, Giovani architetti italiani, shortlisted.
2012: Headlands center for the Arts, San Franscisco, California.
2010: Selected participant at the Bat Yam Biennale of Landscape Urbanism: TIMING
Bat Yam, Israel.
2008: Phd Scholarship (3 years) at Politecncio di Milano, Faculty of Architecture, Italy.
2009: Movin’ up. Giovani artisti italiani (GAI), Turin, Italy.
2009-2010: Akademie Schloss Solitude, recidency programme, Stuttgart, Germany.

Selected publications

2014: Architectural Review, A view from the Po Valley, October 2014.
2013: Arqa Magazine, Lugares Sagrados, Issue n. 108, July/August 2013.
Abitare 532, Mokoko, Scuola sull’ acqua, May 2013.
2012: Domus 961, 900Km Nile City, Milano, September 2012.
“Sacred Interiors in profane buildings: how religion demands its space in the contemporary Western city”, book chapter in “Faith is the Place” MetroZones, B_Books, Berlin 2012
San Rocco, issue n.2, 81 Imaginary Public Spaces, Venice, Italy.
2011: Domus 946, “Sacred interiors in profane buildings”, Milano, April 2011.
Arkitectur, issue n. 7/2011, Stochkolm, Sweden.
Another Country / Eine andere Welt« IFA, Kulturtransfers, Stuttgart, 2011.
Philippe Rahm,” Metereological Typoligies”, a review on the exhibition at Weissenhof Galerie, Stuttgart, Germany | link
2009: “Casa Cassani”, a very small flat, Abitare Segesta, Milano, 2009 | link
Abitare 505 “Form follows religion”, Abitare Segesta, Milano 2009 | link
MONU Magazine on Urbanism, issue on »Holy Urbanism«: Strucked by a freak wave, Rotterdam 2009 | link
2007: Cronache dellʼ Abitare, Multiplicity lab: Ways of living in Milan: live in a penthouse, live in a loft, live in a shop…, Bruno Mondadori, Milano, 2007.
XXI Aesop Conference in Naples: “200.000 Muslim, Catholic, Hindu and Buddhist homes: the post tsunami reconstruction in Sri Lanka”, Naples 2007.


2013: PhD in Spatial Planning and Urban Development, Faculty of Architecture, Politecnico diMilano, Milan, Italy.
2008–2009: Master of Arts in Architecture and Urban Culture - METROPOLIS: Universitade Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC) and Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Catalunya (CCCB), Barcelona, Spain.
2001-2002: Erasmus exchange programme at Faculty of Architecture, Universitade Tecnica de Lisboa (UTL), Lisboa, Portugal.
1999–2005: Laurea in Architettura, Faculty of Architecture, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy.

Teaching Activities

2015: Design methodology, Master in interior and living design, Domus Academy
2013-2015: Architectural Design studio I, Politecnico di Milano.
2012-2014: Urban Design Workshop, Politecnico di Milano.
2010-present: Master in Interior and Living Design, Domus Academy Milan, Italy.
2009: Urban Design Workshop, Politecnico di Milano with Stefano Boeri. “The Agriculture of the city” with Jorg Schroder and Pierpaolo Tamburelli, TUM (Technische Universitat Munchen), Munchen, Germany.
2008-2010: Politecnico di Milano, Piacenza, Italy.
“Placemakers: Urban design workshop” with Giovanni La Varra, ​Politecnico di Milano.


2014-ongoing: World Bank Group, GRFDRR, Malawi
2005-2007: Architect and consultant for Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit(GTZ), Batticaloa and Colombo, Sri Lanka.