Cristiano Ceccato Director AADipl, MSc(CS)., DIC, MIEEE, FRAeS, FRSA, AIA
Profile Trained in both architecture and computer science, Cristiano specialises in the development of design solutions for complex forms, using parametric technologies and computational design tools. Cristiano also leads the team within ZHA responsible for aviation-sector projects.
Before joining ZHA in 2008, Cristiano worked for seven years in the offices of Frank O. Gehry in Los Angeles. At Gehry Partners he was responsible for the development and application of parametric design tools and integrated modelling principles, and associated digital construction methods on a wide range of design projects at all stages of development.
Education & Teaching Cristiano studied architecture at the Architectural Association in London, and holds a masters in computer science from Imperial College London. From 1998 to 2001, he was an assistant professor at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, also serving as a visiting professor at Queensland University of Technology from 2009 to 2012.
Project overview At ZHA, Cristiano’s professional focus includes geometric rationalisation and constructability resolutions for structure and envelope systems, as well as project governance through Building Information Modelling (BIM). Working on the Galaxy SOHO office development, completed in 2013, Cristiano optimised the façade components to maximise value without compromising the artistic intent. He also worked closely with the client’s team to design and implement effective BIM protocols for cost control and project management – a first for this particular client – which have since been rolled out across all of SOHO China’s construction projects.
Cristiano has spearheaded ZHA’s entry in the global aviation market over the past ten years, overseeing ZHA’s team for the Beijing Daxing International Airport in China, the Wester Sydney International Airport in Australia and the Navi Mumbai International Airport in India.