Carlo Cigolotti was born in Novara, Italy in 1945. He graduated with a degree in architecture at the Politecnico of Milan in 1971. He belongs to the Order of Architects in the provinces of Novara and Verbano-Cusio-Ossola. From 1974 to 2003 he was the Director of the Design Department at Cariplo (which became Banca Intesa), and coordinated the architectural design all of the bank's headquarters in Italy and abroad. In 1991, for the Cariplo Foundation, he designed the renovations of the Ambrosian Library and Art Gallery (Pinacoteca). Then in 1998 he curated the permanent exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci's Atlantic Codex. From 2003 to 2006 he primarily dedicated his time to Project & Construction Management for the Italian branch of the New York based company Americon Inc. Since 2007 he is the Sole Administrator and Technical Director of Museum Engineering. During this time he has designed and created museums and temporary exhibitions in Italy and abroad. He is a member of ICOM Italy. Among his most well-known projects are: the design and production of the exhibition “The Municipal Police Agent in Milan” (La Loggia dei Mercanti, 2002), the participation in the tender for the renovation of the Egyptian Museum of Turin (with Ralph Appelbaum, New York and Giugiaro Architettura, Torino, 2007), the design and production of the exhibition “St. Paul in the Vatican” (with Alessandra Ceriani and Daniel Castigliani, Roma, Vatican Museums, 2009), the preliminary and final design for the Peace & Environment Museum in Sharm el Sheik (with Studio DeSeta, Barcellona, 2010), the master plan for the renovations of the Egyptian Museum of Cairo (part of the group commissioned by the Italian Foreign Affairs Ministry and the Italian Cultural Heritage Ministry, 2009-2010), the final design and production of the Museum of Sardinian Identity in Nuoro (ongoing project with Studio VPS Architects, Cagliari, Studio Azzurro, Milano, 3TI, Roma).
Giovanni Pinna was born in Turin in 1939. He began working at the National History Museum in Milan in 1964 as the Paleontology Curator and eventually became the Director of the Museum from 1981 to 1996. During this time he carried out intense scientific research focusing on paleontology and the history of science of which he wrote numerous publications. Simultaneously he turned his attention to museology with the volume "Museum. History and functions of a cultural machine from the 1500s through today", written with L. Binni in 1980 which became a fundamental text for the education of Italian museologists. His studies of museological theories particularly addressed the social and cultural role of museums, exhibit techniques, theories of communication, museum teachings, scientific organization, techniques and administration of museums, history and functions of museum institutions. Once he became Museum Director, this allowed him to completely restructure its inner workings and to strengthen its scientific activity, staff, organizational structure, production procedures and communication methods. From 1994-1995 the Italian Touring Club defined the Natural History Museum the best museum in Milan and it then became member of an informal group of European natural history museums together with those of Madrid, Vienna, Paris, London, Frankfort and Stockholm. From 1980 to 1996 he was also the Director of the Civic Planetarium of Milan and he renewed its structure and operations. He has also collaborated with Italian public institutions as: member of the Regional Museum Committee of Lombardy, member of the National Committee for the study, protection and proliferation of scientific and technological culture by the Science Research Ministry and President of the Commission for the conservation of paleontological heritage by the Italian Cultural Heritage Ministry. Since having left the Natural History Museum of Milan, he has dedicated himself completely to museology with both theoretical studies as well as museum related projects. He has had several appointments in the International Council of Museums (ICOM): member of the Executive Council (1976-1981), Vice Chairperson (1981-1984 and 1993-1996) and Chairperson of ICOM ITALY (1997-2004). In 1998 he founded the International Committee Historic House Museums of ICOM and was Chairperson from its inception until 2002. He was elected member of the Executive Council of ICOM from 2001-2004 and was member of the Working Group on Legal Affairs and language coordinator for the Working Group. He was nominated for the candidacy of Chairperson of ICOM in 2004. Many times he has been a member of the executive board of the Italian Association of Scientific Museums (ANMS) and member of the executive board of the Geymonat Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science. He is currently President of the Italian Association of Museological Studies. In 1999 he founded the New Museology magazine and is the editor. Since 2004 he has been curating a museology series for Jaca Book. In recent years he has worked as a museology consultant for the Italian Foreign Affairs Ministry involved in museological projects for the National Museum of Damascus (2002), the National Museum of Iran in Teheran (2004) and the History Museum of Shaanxi at Xi'An (2002). Furthermore, he has conceptualized the museological project for the Ethnographic/Naturalistic Museum of Campo Grande in Brazil (2005), for the Vesuvian National Park Museum (2001) and for the Sea Museum of Imperia (2008). He has collaborated with ME in the development of the following projects: rearrangement of the Certosa Museum of Pavia (2002), the Bifora Hall at the National Museum of Science and Technology in Milan (in collaboration with Dinah Casson, 2003), and the Egyptian Museum of Cairo, appointed by the Foreign Affairs Ministry and the Italian Cultural Ministry (2009-2010). For more information and a complete bibliography please visit: www.giovanni.pinna.info
Luca Schiavoni was born in Ancona in 1960. He graduated in 1987 with a degree in architecture from the University of Venice. He is a member of the Order of Architects in the province of Ancona. Having previously worked prevalently with architectural restoration and renovation of Heritage Monuments, he then expanded his activities in 1990 to include museum studies design and technical museological design. Among the projects that he developed and managed as Construction Manager is the restoration of the rooms of the Palazzo Vescovile in Osimo for the creation of the new Diocesan Museum (1995), the restoration of the Palazzo Comunale in Serra de' Conti (Ancona), the restoration of the rooms for the Museum of Monastic Arts (2001) and the restoration and functional repair of the G.B. Pergolesi Theater of Jesi (2009). Since 2002 he has regularly collaborated with ME and has been involved in the requalification project of the National Museum of San Matteo of Pisa (2004-2007), the exhibition of the Carriage Museum of Macerata (2009), the reconstruction of the Opera Theater of Cairo (2010) and the renewed exhibition at the National Archeological Museum of Castiglioncello (2011).