Richard Ceccanti is a British/Italian architect.
He runs a studio currently based in Milan, with active projects in Italy, the UK and beyond.
He graduated at the London Metropolitan University, and has worked for several international architecture offices in the UK, Europe, China and the Middle East, before establishing his own office over ten years ago.
He is primarily concerned with formal research as an instrument to generate simple and effective solutions to design problems, beyond what is usually considered to be the “norm”, operating both within the traditional boundaries of architecture and interior, as well as applying architectural thinking to other creative domains such as design and creative direction.
Architecture and interior projects include: both the headquarters (in a disused candy factory) and the research studio for Musixmatch, the leading global company for lyrics databases and synchronization; the offices, as well as a separate research centre for Fondazione Seragnoli, a not for profit foundation developing palliative cures for terminally ill patients; the design of Nomad, the largest hostel and event venue (converting an old farm) in Treviso; the development of interior concepts for two restaurant franchises, and their flagship stores; two art venues/exhibition spaces in China, one a new built and the other an adaptive reuse of an old factory; several residential interventions for private clients in Italy, France, the UK and the Middle East.
In other domains, he has designed lamps for the global brand Serax, as well as furniture and special projects with the most successful Italian furniture start-up of recent years, Very Simple Kitchen, and a furniture series for the Museum of Modern Art in Bologna. He acted as an art direction consultant for the historical bicycle brand Bianchi, and designed several custom and collectible furniture pieces.
His work has been exhibited globally, including shows at the London Metropolitan University, the Art Omi Centre in New York, Superstudio in Milan, the Pratt School of Architecture and the Edit art fair in Naples.
He is also one of the founders of the AAA.Milano collective, a group of architects organising informal meet ups and discussions on issues related to architecture both as a creative and a professional endeavour.