For over 20 years, Ranieri Fontana-Giusti played a key role in developing KPF’s practice throughout Europe. His approach to design was influenced by Peter Salter and Peter Rice, with whom he studied at the Architectural Association (AA). He strongly believed 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 a given site but also the experiences of the end user, with careful attention to detail ensuring that the resulting building sustained the narrative thread.
Ranieri was admired and respected by colleagues and clients alike for his discerning and principled approach to his work, a fantastic attention to detail, and the kind and respectful manner in which he worked.
Most recently, Ranieri oversaw the design and execution of three significant projects in Paris: WINDOW La Défense, the transformation of an existing building through a dramatic new cladding solution that creates an enhanced presence along the parvis of La Défense, adjacent to the Grande Arche; 3 and 4 Parc du Millénaire, two landmark structures that serve as the physical gateway to the larger Parc du Millénaire development and home of the French Ministry of Justice; and Tour First, the award-winning transformation of a 1970s office tower into an elegant and impactful architectural presence on the Parisian 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. The project set the vision 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 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 also worked in Rome for Massimiliano Fuksas.
An alumnus of the Architectural Association (AA), Ranieri was a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and was a chartered architect with the Architects Registration Board (ARB) in the UK.