Sandro Marpillero is a founding partner of MPA. As a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, he is registered in the US and Italy, with 30 years of professional experience. Sandro has received numerous honors and awards, including fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Design Trust for Public Space, and the Fulbright Program. His firm has received 10 AIA Design Awards, including AIA/HUD Secretary’s “Community by Design” Award, as well as awards from American Society of Landscape Architects, Environmental Design Research Association, and Wood Design Award Institute. Sandro’s work has been exhibited widely, including the Urban Center, the Architecture Center, Storefront for Art and Architecture, and the Triennale of Milan.
Sandro’s practice includes urban design and architectural projects in the United States, Italy and Japan. Currently under construction in New York City are the Queens Plaza Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvement Project and New Stapleton Waterfront, new buildings for Queens Library and Staten Island Children Museum, both part of the NYC Design + Construction Excellence Program, as well as residential/commercial renovations and additions. His projects and writing have been widely published in books and periodicals, including Architectural Record, New York Times, Daidalos, Architectural Design, Lotus International, and Casabella. He is author of Environmental Refractions, a monograph on the work of artist James Carpenter.
Sandro received a Master of Architecture from the Institute of Architecture, University of Venice (1979) and Master of Science in Architecture and Building Design from Columbia University (1983). He is Adjunct Associate Professor in Architecture and Urban Design at Columbia University, since 1990, and has led design studios at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, University of Toronto, Parsons School of Design, and the Institute of Architecture in Venice.