Pieter Jansz, Saenredam, The Interior of St. Bavo, Haarlem, 1628, oil on panel. Courtesy of The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.
San Rocco is a magazine about architecture.
San Rocco does not solve problems. It is not a useful magazine.
San Rocco is neither serious nor friendly.
San Rocco is written by architects. As such, San Rocco is not particularly intelligent, or philologically accurate. In San Rocco, pictures are more important than texts.
San Rocco runs the risk of appearing naive.
San Rocco will not last forever. There will be no more than twenty issues of San Rocco over the course of the magazine's single five-year plan.
San Rocco is the name of a place in Monza, not a nice place. Giorgio Grassi and Aldo Rossi participated in a competition for the design of this place in 1971. The project was not built; ordinary housing blocks were built instead.
San Rocco seems to suggest the possibility of an architecture that is both open and personal, both monumental and fragile, both rational and questioning.
Matteo Ghidoni, founder and editor-in-chief, is an architect, editor, and publisher based in Milan. He was a founding partner of the research agency Multiplicity from 2002 to 2006. His work with Multiplicity was exhibited at Kunstwerke in Berlin (2003), the Venice Biennale (2003), the Musée d'art moderne in Paris (2003), the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie in Karlsruhe (2004), and the Beijing Biennial (2004). Ghidoni founded the architectural office Salottobuono in 2005. Salottobuono has served as editor of the "Instructions and Manuals" section of Abitare magazine (2007–10) and as creative director of Domus magazine (2011, 2012). The office has taken part in the Venice Biennale (2008, 2012), published the "Manual of Decolonization" (2010) and designed the Italian Pavilion for the Venice Biennale in 2010. Ghidoni has been visiting professor in the Faculty of Architecture, Istituto Universitario d'Architettura, Venice; the Politecnico in Milan; the Royal Danish Academy of Arts in Copenhagen; and the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotà; and he was a tutor at the Berlage Institute, Rotterdam. He has given guest lectures at several schools and institutions, including University of California, Berkeley, and Columbia University.
Pier Paolo Tamburelli, founder and editor, studied at the University of Genoa and at the Berlage Institute, Rotterdam. In 2004 he founded the architectural office baukuh, which has won international competitions in Amsterdam (2004), Budapest (2004), Pavia (2006), and Genoa (2009), and has taken part in the Istanbul Biennial (2012), the Rotterdam Biennale (2007, 2012) and the Venice Biennale (2009, 2012). Baukuh is currently building the House of Memory in Milan. Tamburelli took part in the exhibition Mutations (2000) and collaborated with Domus magazine from 2004 to 2007. He has lectured at Architectural Association in London, American University in Cairo, Columbia University, Cornell University, Höchparterre Bücherei in Zurich, Kunsthal Rotterdam, MAXXI in Rome, Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule in Aachen, Tongji University in Shanghai, Triennale di Milano, and Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio. Tamburelli has taught at the Private University of Science and Arts, Aleppo, Syria; Technische Universität in Munich, and he is currently a unit coordinator at the Politecnico in Milan and at the Berlage Institute. Tamburelli has been guest editor of OASE 79: "James Stirling 1964–92."
Kersten Geers, editor, studied at the University of Ghent and at the Esquela Tecnica Superior de Arquitectura in Madrid, Spain. He worked in Rotterdam for Maxwan/Max.1 Architects until 2001 and from 2001 to 2005 for Neutelings Riedijk Architects. He was a tutor at Delft University of Technology, the University of Ghent, and the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, and a guest lecturer and guest critic for the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam and Columbia University in New York, among other institutions. He is editor of San Rocco magazine and frequently publishes essays on architecture. Together with David Van Severen, he has completed several buildings, scenographies, and urban studies, as OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen. They have been awarded the Belgian Prize for Architecture (2008) and the Silver Lion at the 12th Venice Architecture Biennale (2010).
Giovanna Silva, founder and editor, is a photographer who lives and works in Milan. She studied architecture at the Politecnico in Milan. She exhibited her photographic work on Bogotà at the Venice Biennale in 2006. Her first publication was Desertions (a+m bookstore, 2009), an account of her voyage in America with the designer Enzo Mari. From 2005 to 2007 she collaborated with Domus magazine, and she was photo editor of Abitare magazine from 2007 to 2011. In October 2011 she published Orantes (Quodlibet) with a preface by Marco Belpoliti. In July 2012 she published Narratives / Relazioni: Baghdad, Green Zone, Red Zone, Babylon (Mousse Publishing). She founded the publishing house Humboldt in 2013.
Francesca Pellicciari, founder, editor, and graphic designer, is a graphic designer based in Milan. Trained as an architect, she wrote her graduate thesis on Saul Steinberg. In 2006, together with Paolo Simeone, she started her own company, pupilla grafik. The office specializes in editorial projects, exhibitions, and crafting visual identities for public and private companies, especially in the cultural field. Since 2006 she has curated the graphic design of the European Federation for Medicinal Chemistry. In 2010, she also became responsible for the graphic design of the festival Pergine Spettacolo Aperto. She designs the series Humboldt Books (Quodlibet) and Essays on Architecture (Sagep). Her clients include: the Fondazione Museo Storico in Trento, the Triennale di Milano, the University IUAV of Venice, Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, the Iris Network, CNR-Ivalsa, the Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Quodlibet editori, Sagep editori, and Zandonai editori.
Bas Princen, photographer, is an artist and photographer who lives and works in Rotterdam. His photographic work investigates the transformations and potential future scenarios of the urban landscape. His recent exhibitions include: Reservoir (deSingel, Antwerp, 2011); Five Cities (Depo, Istanbul, 2010); Refuge (Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York, 2010); Invisible Frontier (Aut, Architektur, und Tirol, Innsbruck, 2008); Nature as Artifice (Kroller Muller Museum, Otterloo, and Aperture Foundation, New York, 2009); Spectacular City (Nai, Rotterdam, 2006); and contributions to the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2004, 2006, and 2010. In May 2004, he published Artificial Arcadia with 010 Publishers. His other monographs include Rotterdam (Witte de With Publishers, 2007); Five Cities Portfolio (SUN Publishers, 2009); and Reservoir (Hatje Cantz, 2011). In 2004 he won the Charlotte Kohler Prize and at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale he was awarded the Silver Lion for his collaborative work with OFFICE Kersten Geers David van Severen.
Krystina Stermole, copyeditor, is a Canadian freelance editor, translator, and art historian who completed a PhD on Venetian Renaissance art in 2007 (Queen's University, Kingston, Canada). Apart from carrying out her own scholarly research and teaching, she collaborates on the preparation of English-language publications with various art- and architecture-related publishing houses, including the respected art publisher Hatje Cantz Verlag.
San Rocco s.n.c. was established in Venice, Italy, on October 1, 2009.
The organization's mission is to contribute to the collective knowledge of architecture and its related disciplines through the promotion and production of international conferences, public seminars, exhibitions, and publications.
San Rocco s.n.c. is the publisher of San Rocco magazine (2010–present), and the promoter of the Books of Copies project (2012–present).