On Friday, October 22, 2021, at the Monte Verita Auditorium in Ascona (Ticino, Switzerland), Mario Botta presented his book “Traces of School. Academy of Architecture at Mendrisio 1996—2021”.

25 years after the Academy of Architecture at Mendrisio (Ticino, Switzerland) was open, architect Mario Botta, one of its founders, wrote a book on the history of the institution. 

Mendrisio Academy is technically a department of the University of Italian Switzerland. Since its inception, it was distinguished by an interdisciplinary approach focused on dialogue between various disciplines, sometimes seemingly far from architecture. Thanks to it, historians, philosophers, artists and scholars started to interact with architects and urban planners.

Giulia Ilina, Golden Trezzini representative in Switzerland, and Mario Botta.

Architect Mario Botta has been a member of the jury of the International Golden Trezzini Awards for Architecture and Design since 2020. He gave a signed copy of “Traces of the School. Academy of Architecture Mendrisio 1996—2021” as a gift to the Organizing Committee of the Awards.


The Golden Trezzini Awards for Architecture and Design are named after Domenico Trezzini (1670—1734), Russian architect of Swiss origin, the first architect of St. Petersburg. The Awards have been taking place since 2018, under the patronage of the Municipality of the City of Lugano and supported by the Worldwide St. Petersburg Club, the Representative Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation in St. Petersburg, Committee for External Relations of St. Petersburg, the Embassy of Russia in Switzerland, the Embassy of Switzerland in Russia, the Consulate General of Switzerland in St. Petersburg, Department of Culture and Tourism — Abu Dhabi, and a number of other organisations and institutions. The main objective of the Awards is turning the most artistically valuable architectural, design, restoration, scenography, and exhibition projects into museum objects. The Honorary Chairman of the International Council for the Golden Trezzini Awards is Mikhail Piotrovsky, President of the Worldwide St. Petersburg Club and General Director of the State Hermitage. The best projects by competitors will be added to the collection of the Architectural Graphics Fund at the Museum of St. Petersburg History and take part in an annual exhibition.

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Text & photo: Giulia Ilina for goldtrezzini.ru.

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