My story, my skills and my info

Italian Licensed Architect


Master's in Digital Architecture


Master's in Sustainable Architecture


Bachelor in Architecture and Design

V-Ray Certification

5SRW method

V-Ray user officially 5SRW certified
by CGworld

Certification N.

ID Code: IT-87-11-09-16-MX

Corona Render Certification

Corona Certified User

Corona Academy

Certification N.

ID Code: U526-55A6-9646

My Story

Born in Italy, class 1987.

In July 2014 he gets his first Master’s in Sustainable Architecture with his final project about the construction of a Wine Center in Pavone Canavese. The Wine Center, designed in Wood and Straw, is a Near Zero Energy Building and it wants to promote Piedmont’s winemaking activity and its wineries.

He has worked for different Professors as an Assistant for multiple Architecture technology, architectural composition and interior design courses. In 2011 he started to collaborate with Prof. Arch. Mario Voerzio, his mentor and friend for the design and development of photovoltaic fields in Sardinia and Morocco.

Riccardo, passionate about sustainable architecture, photography, electronic, creative, and technical dreamer, follows technology innovations and their application possibilities trying to use Bioclimatic criteria in his projects.
He starts his firm in October 2015 and in his spare time he works on developing and improving his knowledge of Parametric tools for Architecture.

In 2015 is started to write articles about sustainability on, a blog about sustainability with more than 200K unique visitors a month and in May 2016 he gets a job at Politecnico di Milano as Environmental Consultant, working side by side with Arch. Simone Giostra from NYC.

In October 2016 he begins his second Master’s at the IUAV (University Institute of Venice, IT) and he starts collaborating with Parisotto+Formenton in Padova as an Architect and Digital Designer. In that role Riccardo starts to develop Nespresso retail shops all over the world; Madison Avenue NYC / The Americana at Brand – Glendale / Biarritz / Liverpool / Le Marais Paris / Groningen / Cologne / Barcellona / Madrid / Reading / Birmingham / Toulouse.

At the end of 2017, after completing the Master’s in Digital Architecrture, he moves to Los Angeles.

my Skills

3ds Max + Vray / Corona
Rhinoceros + Grasshopper
Forest Pack Pro / Railclone
mac OS / windows
Arduino / C++

After Effects
AutoCAD (2D/3D)
Premiere Pro
iWork / office

my Workshops

April 2022Metaverse Inception V1.0 with Alab Adviento

Metaverse Inception V1.0 focuses on complex procedural asset development generated with 3ds Max and Unreal Engine. In this course, I have learned how to create characters, environments, and structures that may be used for metaspace building, game development, or visualization. The webinar was divided into two major parts– the character and the structure. Both leverage Unreal Engine’s premade assets and Quixel’s Megascans, while being built using 3DSMax and Tyflow. Thank to these steps, I learned procedural modeling techniques, particle simulation for geometry creation, character rigging, texturing, and visualization. Throughout the process we exercised a workflow of creating assets with a variety of tools for automation. The goal is to establish confidence in setting up the designed character and spaces for a multitude of uses in the rising industry of Metaverse’s.

April 2022Continuous Formations V1.0 with Alan Cation

Continuous Formations V1.0 explores generative techniques for creating, trimming, and smoothing closed-cell mesh networks in Grasshopper. The workshop covers methods for modeling with the SubD geometry type in Rhino + Grasshopper and understand its relationship with Mesh and NURBS geometries. Generated mesh networks are computationally trimmed by SubD geometries modeled in Rhino, then relaxed into a continuous minimal surface with smooth edge conditions. After the development of a minimal surface generator, we explored methods for panelizing and creating textures on these forms. Through these methods, we covered techniques for dealing with SubD creases in Grasshopper. Continuous Formations takes a modular approach to constructing Grasshopper tools where I’ve learned methods for making reusable Grasshopper functions using Clusters and Hops. Once a tool-set for generating minimal surface networks is created, we used Blender to generate the renderings.

February 2022Crypto Cities V1.0 with Andrew Kudless

Crypto Cities V1.0 explores generative drawing practices through the last one hundred years. From early conceptual art of the mid-20th century minimalists to today’s generative art movement enabled by NFTs on the blockchain, the use of algorithms to produce drawings is fertile ground for architects and designers. While many popular BIM platforms automate drawings, they do so with an eye towards production, not creativity. This webinar focuses on conceptual drawings made visible through automation. As a demonstration, drawings of fictional cities will be developed and then minted on the blockchain. Using Grasshopper as the primary tool, this webinar will take attendees through the process of creating generative sketches of fictional urban developments. These sketches will be refined through a variety of pre-built groups of components provided during the workshop. The webinar will detail how to use plugins such as Human to automate layer and attribute creation and baking to Rhino. The drawings will be further refined in Illustrator before being minted on an NFT marketplace. Attendees will learn various techniques within Grasshopper related to drawing output and managing complex files as well as how the basics of minting artwork on the blockchain.

January 2022Realistic Interior Workshop with Ciro Sannino

Corona Render Workshop with Corona Render Certification

Corona Engine module

Corona Materials Module

Lighting Specialist Module

September 2021Fractal Macrocosm V1.0 with Chantal Matar

Fractal Macrocosm V1.0 is inspired by the natural fractal occurrences in the world and will investigate generative, iterative, and repetitive structures with Houdini. Participants will learn the basics of Mandelbrot set as the primal form of fractals and implement it into Houdini. The webinar will tackle how to work with general algorithms, looping formulas and generating systems going into infinity. Participants will also be exposed to VEX and system functions inside Houdini, alongside For-Loops, in order to create repeating structures. We will also dive into the SOPs, iteration formulas and subsurface scattering. Alternate fractals generation methods will also be achieved, such as converting the iterative systems into mesh geometry for architectural simulations and displacement systems. We will give varying solid mesh geometry representations to the fractals as well as materials. Finally, we will show how to set up a basic rendering in Houdini’s Mantra render engine, and a further rendering option using Keyshot.

September 2021Residual Digital V1.0 with Daniel Caven

Residual Digital V1.0 will investigate the emergence of digital anomalies created from simple form finding techniques. The course will include a brief intro to Rhino 7 SubD tools and simple grasshopper form finding definitions – the generated forms will be used as the design figure to be distorted and broken up. We will explore many different variations to simple modeling in Rhino and dissecting the models in Grasshopper. The decimated forms will then be populated with different geometries, orientations, and arrangements to exploit dimensional artifacts. Tools that will be explored are component models, block modelling, and parametric sculpting. A semi-reversed process of design will be used to create and build the digital scenarios. Finally, the designs will be brought in Lumion where participants will learn to add scene elements such as sun, grass, trees, weather, and other elements to be beautifully rendered encompassing an overall completed scene with the accumulated digital artifacts. After participation, individuals will be comfortable with some basics to intermediate skills in Grasshopper, Rhino SubD skills, and Lumion basics to be able to create multiple designs and a scene in which they can render their final models in.

September 2021Anexact Aescapes V1.0 with Sovona Ghatak

Anexact Aescapes V1.0 will explore the advanced digital modeling techniques to generate complex architectural compositions. ‘Anexact’ architectural objects resist being reduced to pure geometric forms. Being ambiguous, irreducible, and rigorous, these objects embrace the immense qualities that exist in any form. The multiple techniques and operations can be leveraged in the conceptual stage of any project. The explorations will wrap several frames, and we will be diving deeper into the notion of how newer properties appear when autonomous architectural masses interact with each other. Participants will learn to develop models that speculate on various qualities of articulations and interaction of masses. Rather than using a sketch as an end goal, we would be using it as a starting point and then taking it forward while developing a 3D composition, seeing how far we can go with it using a a series of simple compounded operations in Rhinoceros 3D. The webinar will demonstrate how to take full advantage of manual modeling in Rhinoceros 3D to create complex geometries you might not believe could be manually designed without parametric tools.

September 2021Procedural Assemblies V2.0 with Marvin Bratke

Procedural Assemblies V2.0 aims to develop a scalable, reversible and modular architecture system from a kit of parts primarily with Grasshopper’s Wasp plugin. Innovative design approaches and project visualization with Escape will be investigated to create assembly-based construction systems from discrete voxel logics. Using the research in reconfigurable material solutions and scalable timber construction lead to proposals for innovative spatial strategies for environments and communities of the digital age. We will investigate modular building blocks, advances in low-cost and low-tech pre-fab construction and their representation. Using generative design tools, methods of digital reassembly and the creation of novel building systems and aggregation logics will be explored. The resulting architectural and computational bottom-up strategies for reversible building systems will lay out manufacturing and economic processes to support the system. Computational logics are applied to allow design solutions, built up upon generative and flexible planning parameters. Ultimately, the designs propose a scenario, how we can use our digital toolset and architectural design thinking for establishing new design workflows for providing affordable and socially sustainable spaces.

March 2021Creative Lighting Masterclass with Nikos Nikolopoulos

The lighting masterclass was offered from Kilograph to all the employees.

We’ve learned how to create and design a better lighting environment in a 3D scene and how to give a better realistic feeling with different light sources to a 3D scene.

July 2020Grasshopper Worshop - Twisted Box Jewelry with Michael Pryor

This webinar focuses on fluid interconnected jewelry objects such as rings, bracelets, or necklaces. The jewelry base structure will be comprised of connected morph-able spaces called Twisted Boxes that are flowing along guide curve paths. The aim of the webinar is to create custom cell module units which can connect to each other at a low poly level to then morph into the twisted boxes, subdivide, and smooth together. During the cell creation process, I learned various connection and interweaving strategies as well as how to create topologically identical cell units that can be blended between to create gradient geometry aesthetic

March 2020Morphing Polygonal Geometries with Alejandro Garcia Gadea

The webinar focuses on creating complex geometry driven by low-poly geometry components that respond to their local data environment. I learned advanced modeling workflows combining procedural polygon modeling in Maya and parametric design in Grasshopper to create detailed organic aggregated design systems. I learned how to create seamless bespoke three-dimensional patterns guided by data fields that can be scaled to become anything, from an architectural space to jewelry on a person.

October 2019Architecture in Perspective 34 - ASAI  with Kilograph - Los Angeles

Symposium in West Hollywood about Art and Digital Illustrations

December 2017V-RAY Masterclass @Kilograph - with ADÀN MARTÌN - Los Angeles

Intensive training in 3ds Max V-Ray
Lighting: Lighting fundamentals in cinema; photography and how to work in an efficient and consistent way in 3D.
PBR Materials: Physically accurate materials theory; how to create easy but realistic materials.
Real camera basics: How a real camera works and how to translate this to a render engine.
Tone mapping & post-production: Differences between real camera and render engines and how to approach photorealisim.
Linear workflow: Basic theory to better understand some of the other subjects.
Evolution of Render Engines and how to properly use them (V-Ray & Corona): How to get the most of the render engines. We can cover other ones like FStorm, Octane or Arnold.
Animation fundamentals
Asset Management
Substance Designer

September 2017European Energy Auditor and Renovator: Specialist Course - ERASMUS+ & EUROPEAN UNION - London

Five days of workshop about Retrofit in Architecture in London

09/11/2017 | Herman Miller Showroom – Green Specifications – Brian Murphy’s lecture

09/12/2017 | Sackville House – the retrofitting market and procurement – Walter Menteth’ lecture

09/13/2017 | AECOM headquarter – Workshop with Brian Murphy

09/14/2017 | AECOM headquarter – Workshop with Sofie Pelsmakers – Sheffield University and Head of Research

09/15/2017 | Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) – International Refurbishment Symposium
Rajat Gupta – Oxford Brookes University – Retrofit Europe: Concepts and Experiences
Marina Topouzi – University of Oxford – Investigating the Multi-Level Challenge of domestic retrofit in the UK
Ellen Van Bueren – Delft University of Technology – Increasing local consumption of solar electricity through smart storage
Will Swan – University of Salford – Innovative retrofit strategy application in Nottingham Social Housing using historic planning document and mapping
Chris Gorse – Leeds Beckett University – Adaptive re-use in London: the influence of technical constraints project feasibility

August 2017Frank Gehry Masterclass

Frank Gehry teaches design and architecture on
Lessons talk about creativity process, design philosophy, ideas and their generation, inspirations, design obstacles, expressing movement, materials and prototyping, residential projects, business,neighborhood and context and working with a team.
A series of beautiful lessons that help me to understand Gehry’s philosophy and learn from one of the best architects of the XXIst Century

October 2016V-RAY Masterclass @IUAV - Architecture University in Venice - Italy

16 hours whith Chaos Group’s guys. They showed us the new version of V-Ray engine, the features and the research in the VR field


08/15 – 08/16 – Standard V-Ray course | 08/16 – 08/17 – V- Ray Tools | 08/17 – 08/18 – V-Ray Advance
Every year I try to add some skills and increase my ability to work with V-Ray  See the Course – Learn V-Ray

April 2016Visual Machine V1.0 - DESIGNMORPHINE - Wien

VISUAL MACHINE V1.0 is an international workshop for architects and designers, which is focused on the process of creating stunning architectural CGI images with the help of V-Ray in 3DsMax and advanced techniques of post-production in Photoshop, that could dramatically improve and enhance the way you portray your designs.
VISUAL MACHINE V1.0 will be separated into two consecutive parts– Part One will demonstrate the use and set up of architectural scenes with V-Ray for 3Ds Max. Part Two provides post-production techniques with Photoshop which will enable you to give your renderings unique styles with a personal touch and attention to detail.
See the Workshops – DESIGNMORPHINE
Tutor: Dimitar Karanikolov Founder/Partner @ MESHROOM | Yavor Stoykov CHAOS GROUP | Konstantin Doganov Associate @ DesignMorphine

January 2016Grasshopper Ecologic Patterns - ARTURO TEDESCHI - Milano

The workshop deal with parametric strategies design process within the deepening use of Grasshopper acocrding with environment analysis software and physical simulation. Fundamental aim is form generation as a result of form-finding techniques and environmental input (solar – thermal – acoustic). The course demonstrates planarizing techniques applied on free-form surfaces through planar surfaces systems (PQ Meshes) introducing the main techniques for rationalization and optimization of complex surfaces. Finally the study of environmental design based on the synergic use of Grasshopper and Ecotect jointly GeCo. These algorithms have been used for the study and design of responsive skin, shading, sunshine, acoustic calculation optimmizing environmental parameters through genetic solver Galapagos.
The course enables students to acquire new simulation tools in order to build optimized parametric models able to adapt to context different conditions.

January 2016Grasshopper FormFinding Strategies - ARTURO TEDESCHI - Milano

Interactive integrated physics simulation within the parametric modeling that lets explore new formal solutions optimized for the architecture buildings design.
The workshop explores the strategies and main FORM FINDING techniques using the physics engine KANGAROO integrated with structural analysis plugin MILLIPEDE & KARAMBA. The techniques are applied to different scales, from architecture (surface modeling and shells to simple compression) to product design where digital simulation is integrated techniques of refinement (WEAVERBIRD)

July 2015Grasshopper Freeform - ARTURO TEDESCHI - Milano

The workshop introduces the basics of grasshopper
Main object is the deepening of the parametric design methodologies and techniques of algorithmic modeling to generate complex shapes

my Publications


Strange Attractors Collection

OpenSea Marketplace

Climate Cents, images from the exhibition in partnership with @Kilograph@climatecents, and @asai_hq at the WUHO Gallery in Hollywood. The chance to bring together archviz, AR and VR, and climate solutions — things we care deeply about — was a dream. Thank you to everyone who came out.

Exibition Pictures

Preliminary draft designer: Private House “Villa Adriana”, Porto Rafti, Atene, Greece

Editor of: Architetture in attesa. Scritti, progetti e un edificio Costantino Patestos, 2013, Libreria Cortina Editore link

Articles about architecture sustainability and technology on

Master’s Thesis / Straw, Wine and Architecture POLITO TESI

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