Gian Maria Socci is an architect,  urban designer and educator focusing on social engagement in public spaces and outdoor living. He received a master degree in Architecture from FAF Ferrara and a MAS degree in Urban Design from ETH Zürich developing urban proposals for Detroit and Rio de Janeiro. He has then worked independently moving across Europe and received awards in numerous design competitions. In 2014 he co-funded Ines Bajardi, the first architects’ cooperative in Italy. Between 2013 and 2016 he has been project architect and research assistant for Urban Think Tank at ETH Zürich working on experimental designs and educational projects. He’s part of the directing board of Laboratorio Staveco, a no-profit association for the promotion of crafts in central Italy. Since 2017 he is adjunct professor at the INDA program at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.


Urban Oasis
competition 1st prize, public square, Rhodes (GR) 2016. 

Kids’ life
competition 3rd prize, zero-energy kindergarten, Milan (ITA) 2014. 

Ritracciare Gabicce
competition finalist, waterfront Gabicce (ITA) 2014. 

Das Andere 
competition 1st prize, Europan 12, Aalborg (DK) 2013. 

Social Market 
competition 1st prize, AAA:architetti cercasi, Milan (ITA) 2013.  

Rethink Athens
competition 3rd prize, Panepistimiou Av. Athens (GR) 2013.  

Rural City 
competition finalist, Bologna (ITA) 2011. 

Vizzion Awards 
student competition finalist, Milan (ITA) 2011.  

Living Boundary 
student competition 1st prize, CO2-neutral kindergarten, Trondheim (NO) 2008.  

Marco Polo Resort 
competition 3rd prize, Sport centre, Vittorio Veneto (ITA) 2007.


“On the Edge of Reason”
article, Trans 29 “Ecke, Edge, Angle”, Switzerland 2016.

“Architecture of Necessity”
exhibition catalogue, Virserums Konsthall, Sweden 2016.

“Europan 12”
Bauwelt 17-18, 2014.
Future Architecture magazine, 2014.
Europan 12 Catalogue, 2014.

“Long life the Crisis”
contribution to the article by Something Fantastic. Domus, October 2012.

“Rethink Athens”
in Domes magazine (GR), n. 116, 2012 

“Cidade de Deus: Working with informalized mass housing in Brazil”
contributor. RUBY Press (Berlin) and ETH Zürich, 2012.

excerpts from the master thesis project. The Plan architecture magazine n°47, 2011


“Super-Mercato. 5 markets for social integration”
Urban Centre, Bologna 2016. Curator.

“Sarajevo People’s museum”
15th Architecture Biennale, Venice 2016. Local logistic coordinator. Exhibition by Urban Think-Tank / BBA.

“Uneven Growth. Tactical urbanism for Latin America”
MoMa New York 2014. Contribution to the Rio de Janeiro section, with SomethingFantastic.

“Nine Resources for Detroit”
Festival “Internazionale” magazine, Ferrara 2013.

“Rethink Athens: towards a new city centre”
various public venues in Athens 2013.

“Favela Exchange”
Columbia University’s Studio X, Rio de Janeiro, with ETH MAS UD and SomethingFantastic.

“ElectriCity of Detroit”
UPC AIA Detroit Exhibition “Detroit by Design” 2011.

“Rural City”
SAIE, Bologna 2011.

“Hotel Costel: prototype cardboard shelter”
with LiveInSlums, “Salone del Mobile” Milano 2011, “Fest’Arch” Perugia 2011.

Lectures and Workshops

“Project Village 2017” teacher and workshop leader
International design-build summer school,  Hungary 2017.

“Project Village 2016” teacher and workshop leader
International design-build summer school,  Hungary 2016.

“AAA Architectti Cercasi” jury member and theme contributor 
competition for under 35, Rome 2016. 

“Active Architecture” workshop teacher
Master of Urban Design, KTH Stockholm 2016.

“Planning for Informality” public lecture and session reporter 
“Urban Thinkers Campus“ UN-Habitat, Palermo 2015 .

“Future resilient cities” public lecture
“Ruimte voor de Stat” festival The Hague 2015.

“Europan inter-session forum”
Pavia 2014.

“User-generated Kiev” jury memebr and theme contributor
CANactions student competition, Kiev 2013.

“Europan 12, the Italian winners” public lecture
Politecnico Milano 2013.