Marmomacc and Milan Polytechnic University focus on training
From a masters to employment: when a specialist course can change your life
Testimony of architect Nicola Fracasso taken on by Decormarmi in Chiampo
A masters can change your life. Not any old masters, naturally, but the II level “Architecture and Contemporary Construction-Design with Stone” course at Milan Polytechnic University coordinated by Professor Massimiliano Caviasca in collaboration with Marmomacc. This story is told by architect Nicola Fracasso who, on completing the master course, was offered a position as technical director with Decormarmi in Chiampo, a company that works with professionals, designers and interior decorators in Italy and abroad in the implementation of prestigious projects using natural stone in structural elements, decorative cladding and design products. "It made the dream of really working with natural stone and marble come true: I am in charge of projects entrusted to us from their optimisation from a production point of view through to final installation. In general, companies really need professional figures like me to act as a bridge between production as such and the design idea of clients, who often do not take into account the intrinsic characteristics of such as particular material as natural stone. My architect and engineer colleagues often do not have specific knowledge of this material and this is inevitably reflected in projects. I have seen it with my own eyes: my background as an architect graduating from IUAV was very superficial as regards this topic, while the master course - and it was truly hard work - on the other hand provided me with vital specialist knowledge." This was how Nicola Fracasso - who signed up for the master course more to a personal passion for stone that professional necessity, in that he had already opened his own architecture studio - found himself faced by a offer that could change his life. "I closed everything and accepted the offer," he said, "and I am highly delighted: now I am truly a designer and architect as I had dreamed, on site and in contact with the young. talented and motivated people in our technical office, whereas when I had my own studio I had to do a bit of everything and half my time was wasted on bureaucratic matters." Rewarding confirmation that the joint efforts of Milan Polytechnic University and Marmomacc to ensure in-depth specialist training for architects and engineers are effectively acknowledged by companies in the sector.