Laura Gatti Studio
Laura Gatti Studio
A landscaper trained in agronomy, Laura Gatti has been active for over twenty years in designing and managing public and private green spaces.
After her degree in Agricultural Sciences obtained at the University of Milan, in 1999 she obtained the Specialisation in Parks and Gardens from the University of Turin with honours.
During the early years of activity, she mainly dealt with trees, designing management and restoration interventions on both historic and non-historic parks (those of the Giardino Ducale in Parma, of the Parco Cavalieri di Vittorio Veneto in Turin for the 2006 Winter Olympics, of the fortress of Giuliano di Sangallo in Pisa were particularly important on an international scale). Specialised in caring for tree heritages, she operates by means of diagnoses, reclamations, impact studies, evaluation and transplant of trees, including large-scale ones (around 500 large-scale transplants followed over the course of the years). Over the years her skills have increased, expanding her areas of intervention towards extra-urban planning, sector studies, management strategies collaborating in large-scale concepts both in Italy (Settimo Torinese, Cagliari, Milan) and China (Tangshan). She often works within interdisciplinary teams and has collaborated with internationally renowned design studios (Arata Isozaki, Kengo Kuma e Gilles Clément, to cite a few).
She has handled many assignments in designing public green spaces and managing public supply contracts as works manager in charge.
She has looked after the design of several dozen private green space projects for bodies or companies (Esselunga spa, Campari spa, Giorgio Armani spa), in person or by collaborating with other professional studios. For some years now, her skills have been in demand for designing greenery integrated with buildings (green roofs and walls). She is co-designer of the ‘Vertical Wood’ by Stefano Boeri and is following the implementation stages.
She has taken part in several international design competitions (four first places: Competition for requalifying the Historic District of Fiera di Milano – 2004 – CityLife collaboration; Botanical Squares Competition – 2006 – Catania; Competition for requalifying Piazza della Stazione in Cremona – 2008; CityLife Park, with Gustafson Porter).
From 2000 to 2005 she was president and Italian representative of the International Society of Arboriculture, the largest association of tree professionals, with over 20000 members throughout the world, and first president and founding member of the non-profit organisation Italian Society of Arboriculture.
From 2005 she has been an adjunct professor at the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Milan, for the ‘Parks and Gardens’, ‘Production, Installation and Management of Ornamental greenery’ and ‘Ornamental Arboriculture and Nursery’ curricula.
In 2008 she obtained the prestigious award: the Fabio Rizzi plaque – 2008 Greenery Professional, allocated by Ente Fiera in Padova – Flormart-Miflor and by a prestigious jury consisting of specialised industry press.