Stefania Rinaldi, the founder of Studio Rinaldi, was born in Padova, Italy and has enjoyed a successful and varied career working on a wide range of notable projects in both Europe and the U.S. Stefania’s vision has been shaped by her experiences working and living in some of the world’s most vibrant and creative cities.
While studying at the University of Venice, she became fascinated with the Guggenheim Museum extension project and chose this as her thesis subject. In 1988 she travelled to New York City, where she gained extraordinary access to the museum’s archives and collections. In 1991 Stefania earned a magna cum laude Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Venice. She also collaborated with her father, world-renowned industrial furniture designer Gastone Rinaldi, who in 1954 won the first Compasso d’Oro prize for chair design. In 1992, Stefania returned to New York and worked with several firms including Eisenman Architects, Adam Tihany International, George Ranalli Architect and Michael Schmitt Architects.
In 1998 Stefania established her own New York firm, Studio Rinaldi, focusing on architecture, interior design, furniture design and landscape design. She has also designed gardens for Bette Midler’s celebrated, non-profit New York Restoration Project, including the Community Gardens in East Harlem and in South Bronx.
In 2007 Stefania relocated Studio Rinaldi to London where she is a chartered member of RIBA and is an ARB registered architect. She continues to work on projects both in the U.K. and internationally, taking on varied work for both private and commercial clients. Stefania has published numerous essays and articles in magazines.