STEFANO BALASSONE was born in 1979 in L’Aquila, where he graduated in Building Engineering and Architecture UE in April 2006. From October 2006 he was employed as an assistant lecturer on the Technical Architecture I and Building Restoration and Conservation modules of the Building Engineering and Architecture course at the University of L’Aquila. In April 2012 he gained a doctorate in Restoration, Planning and Safeguarding in residential and territorial settings of special environmental and landscape value, 23rd cycle, with a research thesis on “The diffused museum: a resource for the restoration of the built heritage”.
Stefano’s love of nature and the human activities that affect it led him to travel in order to observe and understand the delicate relationship between man and the environment, which finds a synthesis and a meeting point in architecture. This is accompanied by an enormous passion for the architecture of historic sites, which led him to research various fields over the years, experiencing them personally in the course of his profession. The desire to be a part of the millennial history of a place has always been the motivation and the goal of his approach: architecture as an element of continuity and a link, like a footprint, between what came before and what will follow.
After his degree, Stefano collaborated with the L’Aquila studio Tecnoadler, becoming involved in the drafting of the General Regulatory Plan of Castel di Sandro and various architecture projects. He also worked with the MCM architecture firm in Sora, where he helped to draft the plan for the Redevelopment of Piazza Mayer Ross, through the demolition of a former cinema and the building of a tourist information centre.
He took part in several scientific and research initiatives in the field of architecture carried out by numerous Italian and foreign publications; from 2009 to 2012 he was a member of the University of L’Aquila’s UOIS (Operational Unit of Seismic Engineering), where he studied and planned interventions for the restoration and improvement of the university’s historic buildings damaged in the 2009 earthquake. From 2009 to 2010 he was a founding member of Collettivo99, an association of young designers created after the 2009 earthquake, with whom he conceived a plan for the renaissance and growth of the entire urban area affected by the earthquake. He has participated at numerous conferences, including the international “Sismo UCAM 2015” convention at the Catholic University of Murcia (Spain), comparing and contrasting the three earthquakes: L’Aquila 2009, Murcia 2011 and Emilia Romagna 2012, in which he opened the second day with a talk entitled “Reconversion beyond Reconstruction”.
In 2007 he founded Dunamis Architettura with his inseparable friend Lorenzo, and since then the studio has become not only a place for professional development, but also the centre of his life.
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