FARE STUDIO : ROME : Riccardo Vannucci & Giuseppina Forte

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FARE is an architectural practice created in Rome in 2006 by Riccardo Vannucci and Giuseppina Forte, complemented by a team of young professionals.

Given our current condition as an outsider, FARE intentionally presents itself as an anomalous, and perhaps unexpected reality within the Italian panorama and the rituals that characterise it, including the widespread rhetoric of sustainability, eco-compatibility and bio-climatic architecture.

In an era when design appears to oscillate dangerously between the virtualisation of products and the narcissism of protagonists, FARE pursues a more concrete and material approach to architecture, an inherent objective rendered explicit in the name of the office.

The confrontation with reality sought by FARE is not, however, the sign of an adhesion to a [presumed] neutrality of technique, be it economic, programmatic or constructive: a critical analysis of the presuppositions of each project [context, final objectives, restrictions] constitutes the foundation of a method by which the unavoidable tectonic dimension must confront typological and functional innovation, together with the even more essential theme of social responsibility.

Of the projects developed by FARE in our first two years of activity, we mention the CBF - Centre pour le Bien-être des Femmes, in Ouagadougou [Burkina Faso], inaugurated in November 2007, the Dubai Municipality New Headquarters in Dubai [UAE] and the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Visitor's Centre, also in Dubai.




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CBF Health Centre Project Team (Read the article here)



Riccardo Vannucci has a PhD in architectural design from the University of Rome. His dissertation, published by Gangemi in 1996, examined the space of design decisions within complex building projects. Since 1985, he has worked as a free-lance architect in Italy, the Middle East and Africa, while simultaneously developing a decidedly sui generis approach to the profession in architectural design, engineering and project management.

After founding and directing the integrated-design structure deStudio for ten years, he has recently established a design group, FAREstudio, which attempts to balance ethical commitment and office sustainability.

This new phase has spawned the development of the medical assistance center in Burkina Faso detailed in this application, a winning proposal for the recent AIDS Orphanage Design competition organized by Archaos + Architecture Sans Frontieres UK, and the preliminary design for the extension of the Dubai Municipality office complex.

At a time when much design seems to oscillate between the virtualisation of products and the public celebration of its main protagonists, FAREstudio pursues a material and apparently humble approach to architecture, rendered explicit in the name of the office, the acronym of 'For an Architecture of REality.'

The confrontation with reality is not, however, the sign of an adhesion to the neutrality of technique, be it economic, programmatic or constructive: a critical analysis of the presuppositions of each project ? context, final objectives, restrictions ? constitutes the foundation of a method by which the unavoidable tectonic dimension must confront typological and functional innovation, together with the even more essential theme of social responsibility.

In the past, Riccardo Vannucci has worked on publications for Casabella, Space and Society, and Il Giornale dell'Architettura.


Giuseppina Forte graduated as an architect from La Sapienza University in Rome. Her final thesis investigated a prototypical office building in which work activities and spaces were strongly related to sustainable strategies for indoor air quality and a healthy workplace environment.

In 2001, while at the A/E firm Fortebis, she began developing strategic briefs to meet the needs of companies changing their organisation as a result of the introduction of information technologies and networking. Over the last few years, her interests in architecture have started to move towards other forms of environmental design.

While still by-and-large concerned with the relationship between the socio-technical aspects of working organizations and activities and the physical environment, Giuseppina is now actively pursuing the analysis of the possible connection between architecture as an object of cultural communication and social programs as opportunities for environmental action, particularly in the non-profit sector.

She has been with FAREstudio since its inception.


Erika Trabucco graduated in Architecture from La Sapienza University in Rome in 2004. In 2005 she joined deStudio where she began collaborating with Riccardo Vannucci on the concept, preliminary design, and construction drawings for the CBF Centre in Burkina Faso.

She later moved to Ouagadougou to manage the construction of the project for 18 months. Other projects developed for deStudio include construction documentation for the entrance gallery of the new IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development) headquarters in Rome.

In 2007 Erika joined FAREstudio, where she is currently in charge of managing the office's social projects, promotional activities, and press sector.


Joao Sobral graduated from the Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade Técnica of Lisbon in 2003. After working in various offices in Lisbon and Bordeaux, he moved to Rome, Italy in 2005 where he collaborated with the office of Nicola di Battista.

From 2006 to November 2007 he worked with FAREstudio on the concept, preliminary design, and construction drawings for various projects, particularly the CBF Centre in Burkina Faso, where he moved for 2 months as supervisor of the construction works.




Full Project Credits for the CBF Project are on this page.