Architecture Degree Program
Andrea has been teaching at the School of Architecture, since 2016. Before his appointment at the University of Arizona, Andrea has been a Visiting Fellow at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture at Taliesin, where he also served as the Faculty Chair (2014-2016). He has been a Visiting Professor at the Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies at the University of Mumbai and at the Academy of Architecture of Mumbai, India (2013-14), a Tutor at the TU Delft, The Netherlands (2013), at the Piet Zwart Institute at the Academie voor Bouwkunde in Rotterdam, The Netherlands (2011-2012), at the University of Central America in San Salvador, El Salvador (2009), and at University of Cagliari, Italy (2007).
Beside teaching, Bertassi is a registered architect in The Netherlands and in Italy, and is an associate architect at XCOOP, the practice he co-founded in Rotterdam, in 2009. Within XCOOP multidisciplinary dynamics, Andrea leads several designs, combining a straight forward analytic approach to a playful creativity, generating an unpredictable mix of traditional elements shuffled into new forms.
At XCOOP, he is the main contact between the office and China: he facilitates creative exchange inducing innovative design concepts. On commercial projects, Andrea is keen in maximizing clients' investment efficiency while providing high quality spaces, regardless of the scale of the intervention. Andrea led the design of Alibaba Headquarters in Shenzhen, the International Exchange Center of Hefei University, in Hefei, China, and the Law and Education buildings of the Qatar University in Doha, Qatar.
Aside from the big scale, he is profoundly committed to the principles of Universal Design, intending design as a tool to neutralize discrimination and inequality, and promoting a holistic approach to sustainable living. He focuses his academic and professional research on issues about (in)equity, with particular attention to the urban environment, experimenting on what punctual architectural designs can do to impact the scale of the city.
Before establishing XCOOP, Andrea collaborated for four years with Rem Koolhaas at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture in Rotterdam, where he worked on architecture and masterplan projects in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. At OMA, Andrea worked on the winning scheme for the Stock Exchange competition in Shenzhen, China; on the redevelopment of the former Mercati Generali in Rome, Italy; and on the construction documents of the Congress Centre in Cordoba, Spain. Still at OMA, Andrea worked on museums and curatorial projects, such as the Francisco Goya Museum in Zaragoza, Spain; the Contemporary Art Museum in Riga, Latvia; the Danish Architecture Center (Blox) in Copenhagen, Denmark; and the Prada Foundation Museum in Milan, Italy.
Andrea studied architecture and urban planning at the Institute Superieur d'Architecture Victor Horta in Bruxelles and at the IUAV University of Venice, where he graduated (M.Arch) in 2004. He holds a master degree in Music from the Conservatory F.A. Bonporti of Trento, Italy.