Italian Architect Luca Scacchetti dies at age 63 Tell a friend

Luca Scacchetti
MILAN — Luca Scacchetti, Italian architect and designer best known in his country and around the world for his architectural and furniture design works and winner of numerous Good Design Awards has died. He was 63. 

He was also a close friend of The Chicago Athenaeum and participated in many juries including The International Architecture Awards.

“His exuberant energy and significant presence in Milan’s design world will be sadly missed,” states Christian Narkiewicz-Laine, Chicago Athenaeum Museum President.

He is survived by his wife Cinzia Anguissola Scacchetti who continues the work of his atelier in Milan.

Born in Milan in 1952, he graduated in architecture from the Politecnico di Milano. His first works, at the start of the 1980s, were restorations and new houses in Lombardy, Switzerland and Germany.

In 1985, he took charge of the restoration of a building in corso Garibaldi in Milan; following this he completed a dual residential building in viale Piave (1986-90). He has carried out the redesign of the international terminal at Rome Fiumicino Airport. He has taken part in competitions for buildings and public spaces and has carried out numerous interior design projects for houses, offices, shops and exhibitions. He has designed furniture, decorative objects and fabrics. He has taken parts in exhibitions in Italy and abroad and has been a speaker at international conferences. 

He is an architect and designer. His expertise ranges from urban planning to architectural projecting of the buildings, from internal architecture to single objects. Several are his projects of hotels. In the design field he cooperates with the leading Italian and worldwide manufacturers of furniture, office ware, lighting, bath ware, coatings and gifts.

He ran projects throughout Italy and in France, Spain, The Netherlands, Russia, Greece, Cyprus, Japan, Armenia, Kazakhstan. He carried out a project in China for Shanghai Expo2010 involving a new neighborhood in PJ South - Shanghai.

His works have been published in the most important magazines in the field. Five monographs have been dedicated to his projects:

Francesco Moschini, Luca Scacchetti – forme oggetti architetture 1975/1985, ed. Kappa, Roma 1986; Vanni Pasca, Walking in different ways, ed. Tecno, Roma 1990; A.A.V.V. Luca Scacchetti – architetture, ed. Idea Books, Milano 1991; A.A.V.V. Luca Scacchetti – disegni 1983/2002 a cura di Cinzia Anguissola, ed. Federico Motta, Milano, 2002; A.A.V.V. Alfabeto. 82 progetti di design di Luca Scacchetti, Editrice Compositori, Bologna, 2006.

From 1990 to 1995 he was Director of the Architecture Department at European Institute of Design he teaches at the Politecnico and at Brera Academy of Fine Arts, in Milan.

He cooperated with a number of Good Design brands, including Amura, Rubelli,  i 4 Mariani , XILO1934, Tisettanta, Schönhuber Franchi, Tecno, Misura Emme, Riva 1920, Rossin, andPoltrona Frau.