Politecnica’s experience starts in 1972, when nine young engineers and architects teaching and working in Modena area agree on a common intuition: it is necessary to abandon the old concept of professional studio in favour of a stronger multidisciplinary approach, to face increasingly complex project challenges. On this shared idea, they establish C.I.A., Cooperativa Ingegneri e Architetti.
The decision to set up a cooperative is future-oriented, in the intention of doing business without renouncing principles of solidarity and fairness. At the heart of this is a generous intergenerational perspective, a long-term view.
In fact, over the years, a new generation of architects, engineers, physics graduates, but also technical experts, surveyors and designers enters C.I.A. bringing fresh skills and a new cultural perspective.
Among these newcomers is Gabriele Giacobazzi, the engineer who will lead the evolution of C.I.A. into Politecnica.
Faced with many offers for acquisition, C.I.A. confirms its initial choice of autonomy and independence, starting collaborations with professional studios in Florence, Bologna, Rome and Milan. Through larger and more complex assignments it starts its international development phase.
New professional skills, competencies and tools flowing into the cooperative will be used to design for an increasingly evolved clientele: life cycle assessment, risk management, value engineering.
In 1994, under the new name Politecnica Ingegneria ed Architettura, the cooperative marks its transition from a regional design studio to a stable and innovative national company, with intense activities abroad. Since 2011 the chairmanship has been entrusted to Francesca Federzoni, an Engineer who has been at Politecnica since 1995.
Inclusive design is central to Politecnica, now more than ever. This means developing buildings and spaces that generate opportunities, capable of adapting to the uses and functions assigned to them by users. Similarly, gender inclusion matters: in 2021 Politecnica obtained IDEM Gender Equality Certification and has already set the goal of achieving numerical parity of people in the organisation by 2030 (today women make up 47% and enjoy full equal pay).