Born in Switzerland, 1981. After an architecture degree at the Glasgow School of Art, Leopold Banchini received his diploma at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL). Following the theme of his master theses on the Rikers Island prison, he published a series of critical articles and books on the penal system and its growing built environment. Having worked for Lot-ek architects in New York and Atelier van Lieshout in Rotterdam, with whom he conducted the Arsch Bar project at Art Basel, Leopold Banchini moved to Barcelona to work with B720 Arquitectos. There he started his own practice with a first housing project, Studio 415. Back in Geneva, he worked on numerous competitions with Group8 Architectes and joined the LAPA EPFL teaching team in 2009. His first practice, 1to100, was equally interested in art, architecture and social issues. It has been lately producing work for the Archizoom and Mackintosh gallery in Lausanne, the Milan Design Fair, the Musée du quai Branly in Paris and the Venice Architectural Biennale. This last exhibition, RECLAIM has been awarded the Venice Golden Lion. Aside from its practice, Leopold Banchini is currently a professor at the Geneva University of Art and Design (HEAD).
Porto Academy is the result of an enormous passion for architecture as a discipline. We admire the figures that dream about it, who build, study and promote it. We believe that practice - as an exercise of the architect’s profession - is central to the future of the discipline, and therefore one of the reasons why we’ve founded Porto Academy. For a week period, one lives the passion for the discipline of architecture and enjoys intellectual freedom.