Massimiliano Fuksas was born in Rome in 1944, where he graduated in architecture from La Sapienza University in 1969. In 1967 he opened a practice in Rome, followed in 1989 and 1993 by firms in Paris and Vienna. He now lives and works shuttling between Rome and Paris. He has taught in numerous universities, including the Staadtliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Stuttgart, the École Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris, the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Vienna, Columbia University in New York, and La Sapienza University in Rome. In 1998 he won the Vitruvio International a la Trayectoria Award in Buenos Aires for his career. In 1999 he received the Grand Prix d’Architecture Française and the following year was named Accademico Nazionale di San Luca and Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres de la République Française. In 2002 he was awarded the aia’s Honorary Fellowship. In 1998-2000 he was director of the 7th International Biennale of Architecture in Venice exhibition: Less Aesthetics, More Ethics. Since January 2000 he has written the architectural column in L'Espresso that was founded by Bruno Zevi. His professional practice centers principally on the creation of public works, including university buildings and major urban complexes.