Massimo Santanicchia is Professor and Director of the Master's Program in Architecture at the Iceland University of the Arts. He holds a MArch from Universitario di Architettura di Venezia; an MA in Housing and Urbanism from the Architectural Association, School of Architecture in London; and an MSc in Regional Urban Planning Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science. His understanding of architecture is the result of his multicultural and multidisciplinary experiences in learning, teaching, researching, and practicing architecture and design, acquired by working with different universities, firms, countries, and people.
He has researched extensively on architectural education and advocated for the need to advance its language and pedagogy to make it more respondent to the grand challenges and published on these in multiple academic papers and presented at numerous conferences. His research draws upon literature on justice, citizenship, feminism, post-humanism, and cosmopolitanism to rethink architectural education and its practice in the Icelandic context and beyond.