Biography Salvatore Bono

Salvatore was born in Sicily and has spent his formative years between Rome and Paris. He studied Architecture at La Sapienza University in Rome, Italy. He is specialized in engineering and construction design.

Experience: 1975-1995
From 1975 to 1995, Salvatore worked in Italy as a freelance architect and engineer in creative structural and construction design. During this time he was also an assistant of Professor Antonio Michetti and taught construction design at the Building Technology Institute of the Architecture School of La Sapienza University.After a brief but intensive experience in social projects for underdeveloped areas in the south of Italy, he worked as Director in the Design and Research department of the ‘Fratelli Dioguardi’ construction company. In this function, he developed advanced design activities for large-scale projects in Italy, France, Czechoslovakia and Germany, often collaborating in the construction design of projects from important Italian architects as Renzo Piano, Aldo Rossi, Pierluigi Spadolini.

Experience: 1995-2002
From 1995 to 2002, Salvatore was partner of ‘Groep Planning’, a major architectural firm in Flanders. In this period, he re-oriented his professional profile towards sustainable architectural design. He was co-designer of several projects in Belgium, all characterized by high complexity, such as the Postcheque building in Brussels for the Flemish Parliament, the Maison Suisse in Brussels for the DVV, the Pier in Blankenberge, the Veemarkt and the Doornikse tunnel in Kortrijk. He has participated in several international competitions such as the Royal Ontarium Museum in Toronto in collaboration with architect Andrea Bruno, the N.A.T.O. Head Quarters in Brussels with Hopkins architects and the sustainable development project for the Wetlands Region in Shanghai (China).

Experience: 2002-2009
In 2002, Salvatore became Innovation Manager of Buro2, a dynamic West-Flanders based architectural firm. He led a team of young architects engaging in experimental projects. The winning project of the Bayiun International Congress Centre in Guangzhou in the South of China was inaugurated in December 2006. The BICC was category winner in the 2008 Barcelona World Architecture Festival. Since January 2006, Salvatore was C.O.O. of ‘Buro2.Networks’, a new branch of Buro2, which developed cross-disciplinary platforms for the production of innovative architecture. From 2007 until September 2009 he was Chief Design Officer of the entire Buro2 Group. For Buro2 he designed important projects in Belgium, such as the new hospital in Knokke (under construction) , the Valcke offices in Vlamertinge and the Unilin Offices in Wielsbeke. He was also active in the foreign market with projects in Riga, Klaipeda and the Commonwealth of Dominica. His project for the ‘zero emission’ resort Mero Beach in Dominica won the first prize in the category ‘Future Projects’ in the 2009 Barcelona World Architecture Festival.

Experience: 2009-2012
On October 1st 2009, Hilde Vandewalle and Salvatore founded BOVAA architecture office. With BOVAA they wish to promote an ‘open platform’ supporting design innovation in the practice of architecture. From October 2009 to June 2012, BOVAA was General Architecture Design Advisor for Euro Immo Star and Eurostation, an important Belgian company engaged in large-scale urban projects. In that function, Salvatore fundamentally contributed to the design of the new Mechelen Station and to the urban development of the North-South link of Brussels.

Experience: 2012-2013
From August 2012 to October 2013, Salvatore was Partner and Director in AR-TE, a Leuven based Belgian Design Company, where he was responsible for the design quality management. His mission consisted of the general and structural improvement of the design quality of the firm, the general leading of the design teams and the methodological definition of the design process.

BOVAArchitects: 2013-...
In collaboration with Architect Hilde Vandewalle, Salvatore wants to develop BOVAA towards socially engaged architecture.

Area of expertise Salvatore Bono

Salvatore has relevant international experience in leading the design process of complex infrastructural works and large urban and architectural projects.

He has developed a strong interdisciplinary approach to the design practice during a career spanning almost 40 years of practice all around the world.

Architectural design today challenges us to find a balance between the often contradictory points of view of the different stakeholders (client, public administration, users, politics- social- and economical- actors ...), Salvatore’ s experience suggests that a successful design process today is non-linear and characterized by frequent feed-back.

The architectural design method of Salvatore is systemic and process-oriented rather than deterministic and object-oriented. Salvatore looks to the design as a cross-disciplinary and non-linear research. He tries to create forms and buildings which are anchored -and develop a long lasting dialog with- the project context.

With a holistic approach to architecture he wishes to involve all the actors (and in particular the client) in a participative process. In so doing, he intends to increase the sustainable quality of the final ‘product’ without falling into ‘fashion’ or ephemeral culture.

As architecture today is (again) a collective art celebrating our ethic message to the future generations, the architect has not to act as a ‘dictator’, but rather act as a facilitator. He continuously encourages convergence and cares for the emerging of lasting beauty and vital complexity from the original chaotic situation.

Biography Hilde Vandewalle

Hilde was born in Belgium. She studied Architecture in Ghent (Hoger Architectuurinstituut Sint-Lucas Gent).

In 1979 she followed the course ‘Participation and Re-use’ of ILAUD - International Laboratory for Architecture and Urban Design- at Urbino in Italy, under the coordination of the architect Giancarlo De Carlo.

In 1980-1981 she specialized at the ‘Centre of studies for the conservation of the architectural and urban heritage’ at the department of architecture of the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium.

Experience: 1981-1984
From 1981 to 1984, Hilde worked as a freelance architect at ‘Groep Planning’ a major interdisciplinary office in Flanders, situated in Bruges and Brussels. During this time, she collaborated in the design and the construction design of important private and public projects, such as offices and residential buildings in Bruges and Knokke-Heist, the head office of the B.A.C. bank in Brussels and the new building of K.I.H, the catholic industrial higher institute in Oostende.

Experience: 1984-1985
From 1984 to 1985, Hilde worked as a freelance architect at R.P.A. ‘Ricerche e Progetti’ at Fontana- Perugia in Italy. She collaborated in the design studies for, amongst other, the Torino metro and the redevelopment projects of Orvieto and Umbertide. She was also active in the audio-visual branch collaborating in the communication and information campaign of the Umbria Region Government for the seismic protection of the historical heritage.

Experience: 1985-1993
From 1985 to 1993, Hilde worked as a freelance architect at P.T.I. ‘Progettazioni Tecniche Integrate’ in Rome in Italy. She collaborated in the construction design and the study of the precast construction system for the Parish Complex in Tor Bella Monaca in Rome and for the Office building of the new financial department of the city of Genova. She also collaborated in the structural design for the new seat of the university complex of Salerno in the Valle dell’Arno and for the seat of the second university of Rome in the Tor Vergata district.

Experience: 1994-2013
From 1994 to 2013, Hilde worked as a freelance architect in Ghent, Belgium. She was particularly active in the housing sector, both in the renovation of existing buildings as well as the design of new houses. Her activity focused on projects ranging from large, single dwellings to the smallest scale of renovation. Since more than fifteen years, she only designs according to the standard of low energy constructions.

Experience: 2009-2012
On October 1st 2009, Hilde Vandewalle and Salvatore Bono founded BOVAA architecture office. With BOVAA they wish to promote an ‘open platform’ supporting design innovation in the practice of architecture.

BOVAArchitects: 2013-...
In collaboration with Salvatore, Hilde wants to develop BOVAA towards socially engaged architecture.

Area of expertise Hilde Vandewalle

Hilde has significant experience in leading the entire design process from the conceptual phase to the execution. She developed original methods to successfully work on housing projects with a participative and sustainable approach.

Hilde believes that being an architect today entails assisting people in finding their way to live in harmony with the world. From this point of view, the smallest renovation project has according to her the same importance and dignity as the challenge which arises from constructing a new large building. Bringing natural light in bad orientated existing buildings, creating more space starting from poor existing situations, opening a new window looking at the environment or reducing the ecological impact of the way of living, are a way to increase the quality of life for everyone, promoting the dialog between nature and society.