Matteo Cainer is a practicing architect, teacher and curator. Based between London and Paris, he is Principal of Matteo Cainer Architects, Founder of the Confluence Institute for Innovation and Creative Strategies in Architecture in Lyon, France and Director of Architecture Whispers. After receiving his master’s degree from the University of Architecture in Venice, Italy, he works and collaborates with a number of celebrated international practices including Peter Eisenman in New York City, CoopHimmelblau in Vienna, and Arata Isozaki Associati in Milano. In 2004 he is Assistant Director to Kurt W. Forster for the 9th International Architecture Exhibition la Biennale di Venezia - METAMORPH, and in 2006 is appointed curator of the London Architecture Biennale - CHANGE. It is in London that he creates/directs the Design Research Studio at Fletcher Priest Architects, and that in June 2010 opens his own office. Currently working in Paris since 2011, he also directs ‘Architecture Whispers’ a series of intimate multidisciplinary and cross-cultural conversations between emerging, established and visionary international architects and their colleagues in other disciplines.
Matteo has always been active in academia; from visiting critic at the Bartlett School of Architecture and the AA in London, to the Dessau Institute of Architecture in Germany and Pratt and Penn in the United States. In 2009 he starts teaching at the École Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris and in 2010 he conceives, creates and directs the Pavillon Spéciale, an annual architectural series that gave international young emerging and experimental architects the opportunity to build a temporary pavilion in the heart of Paris, France. In 2013 he co-founded and co-directs with Odile Decq the Confluence Institute for Innovation and Creative Strategies in Architecture in Lyon and was Chair until July 2015.
His writings have been featured in numerous publications, and his studio was selected as one of the 25 significant emerging international practices at the London Architecture Festival. With a philosophy that embraces technology, art and design, the studio has developed an architecture that is designed to challenge and evolve.