We had the good fortune of connecting with Andrea Cadioli and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Andrea, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I was born and raised in Italy, in a small village in the Alps north of Turin. Before operating in the design field, I have worked as a musician and tv presenter for MTV and EMI, traveling for shows and allowing me to fall in love with the culture of my country. After years of intense and rewarding experiences, I moved to Beijing to complete my first Master in Architecture at Tsinghua University, ranked number 1 in the best Universities in Asia. Here, I discovered new complexities of the architectural field but also the world at large, and how culture, and language, shapes reality. I worked in between Japan and China in international award-winning firms for two years before moving to Los Angeles. After completing my second master’s in Architecture from Southern California Institute of Architecture, another top10 university in the United States, I have now the honor to teach in the school and, once again, to collaborate not only with the best academics but also from the city of Los Angeles and its deep cultural history.

My nomadic life and the incredible opportunities I experienced are deeply inspiring and influencing my work. From the way that I design, to the way that I understand my clients, till my daily practice, I can recognize how every city, mentor and culture ultimately shaped me.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I always believed that what sets you apart from others is a combination of constant hard work, always challenging yourself with unique opportunities, and courage in accepting them. “Fortune favours the brave” is a motto that I carry with me in my daily practice. I think the biggest challenge in my career has been recognizing the potential of expatriating to chase better growth opportunities. Once I appropriately established my life priorities, it has been easy to understand where was the most fertile ground for developing my architectural skills and intellectual conversation. Los Angeles welcomed me with open arms, with opportunities, collaborations, and an infinite potential to explore. After winning the RISE award at the LA Design Festival, I have met an exciting community of designers and creatives that made me feel finally home in this city.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The first stop is the Griffin Observatory: my favorite postcard of Los Angeles, a warm welcome brightened up by the lights of the city. Second stop, IlCaffe located at the ground floor of the Eastern Building: an Italian coffee with croissant is only better when you can enjoy it from the shades of a historical and iconic building of Downtown. I’ll conclude my perfect day with a sunset in Venice Beach, checking the stunning beach houses of the area before getting dinner on Abbot Kinney.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would not be the designer I am today without the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles. After winning the European Union Scholarship in 2016, I learned from brilliant mentors along with the best students from all over the world. Today I have the chance to continue my research in the architectural field in this school, which I hold close to my heart for the trust, generosity, and belief they had in me from day one. I am proud to contribute to the growth of my students, the development of contemporary architectural discourse, and the architectural field at large both in practice and academia because of the support of the Southern California Institute of Architecture.

Website: www.andreacadioli.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theblondecadio/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrea-cadioli/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ilcadio

Image Credits
images Axo and Osmosis: a project in collaboration with Eleonora Orlandi

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