Mario Botta 

Zwitserland 1943
Mario Botta designed his first house at age 16 and studied at the Liceo Artistico in Milan and the IUAV in Venice. His ideas were influenced by Le Corbusier, Carlo Scarpa and Louis Kahn. He opened his own practice in 1970 in Lugano. Botta's designs tend to include a strong sense of geometry, often being based on very simple shapes, yet creating unique volumes of space. His buildings are often made of brick, yet his use of material is wide, varied, and often unique.