Ranieri Fontana-Giusti

Ranieri Fontana-Giusti ARB RIBA

Position

Director

Education

Diploma in Architectural Studies,
Architecture Association

Ranieri Fontana-Giusti ARB RIBA

Ranieri has over 20 years of global experience in the industry, with particular expertise in Europe. His comprehensive portfolio encompasses a range of award-winning commercial, office, residential and retail projects. Ranieri's approach to design was influenced by Peter Salter and Peter Rice, with whom he studied at the Architectural Association (AA). He strongly believes that design must not be left to prevailing fashions and trends but should be informed by a combination of open intuition and diligent process, taking into account not only the requirements of the selected site but also the experiences of the end user. Careful attention to detail ensures that the resulting building sustains the narrative thread.

Ranieri plays a key role in developing KPF's practice throughout Europe, and also manages projects in French-speaking countries such as Belgium and Morocco. Most recently, he has worked on 3 and 4 Parc du Millénaire in Paris; two landmark structures that will serve as the public face of, and physical gateway to, the larger Parc du Millénaire development. He has also been leading the team in the design of Elysées La Défense, the transformation of an existing building through a dramatic new cladding solution that creates enhanced presence along the parvis of La Défense.

Also in Paris, Ranieri led the team from inception to completion of Tour First, the award-winning refurbishment of a 1970s office tower that creates a strong new architectural addition to the Paris skyline. The project was recognised with a MIPIM Refurbished Office Building Award, a SIMI Renovated Buildings Award and a ULI Global Award for Excellence.

In Milan, Ranieri served as Project Manager for the design and execution of a 340,000 square meter masterplan in the city centre and the execution of 82,000 square meters of office space, retail amenities and external works areas. The project provides for the development of a vast area devoted to landscaping and public facilities, extending from the Piazza della Repubblica entrance to Via Melchiorre Gioia with a series of gardens. Ranieri has also worked on various commercial projects in London's Canary Wharf including 25 Churchill Square, one of the most energy efficient office buildings on the estate.

In China, Ranieri was involved in the design of Putuo Shanghai; four towers that create a gateway to the emerging Putuo district on the upper west side of Shanghai, and the luxury MGM Mirage Sanya resort.

Prior to joining KPF, Ranieri worked for Fletcher Priest Architects on a range of commercial projects across the UK and Europe, including the Vodafone World Headquarters, Sedley Place on London's famed Oxford Street, and Telstar House in Paddington. He has also worked in Rome for Massimiliano Fuksas.

An alumnus of the Architectural Association (AA), Ranieri is a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and is an chartered architect with the Architects Registration Board (ARB) in the UK.