Born in Genoa, Maurizio Varratta took a degree in architecture in 1981. From 1983 to 1999 he worked with the Renzo Piano Building Workshop. In 1999 he opened his own firm and began to participate in many national and international competitions. His works range from architectural design (hospitals, production facilities, offices, bridges, hotels, railway stations and airport terminals, shopping malls, highway service areas) to industrial design (lighting, bath fixtures, objects) and space planning. From 1994 to 1997 he was a professor at the Turin Polytechnic, where he taught courses on the integration of architecture and physical plant systems. In 2006-2007 he was a professor at La Sapienza University of Rome, in the masters program on lighting design. In 2015 he was a professor at Carleton University, Ottawa (Canada). The studio works on the development of the whole process from general design to details, while conducting research on technological innovation and industrialization of components for architecture. The firm applies the principles of integrated design, environmental sustainability, quality of space and energy saving, in keeping with various international protocols.