Starching is a firm where Architecture and Engineering work together, side by side, shaping a world where sharing knowledge across disciplines and generations stimulates creative flow and generates new ideas. Our creative and technical interdisciplinary approach turns complexity into an organic project.
“As an architect, I know that there is no contradiction between these two disciplines, they are complementary.
Architecture and engineering, together, are explosive.”
– M.P. Pontarollo
Today, making good architecture implies combining creativity with technical, professional, and financial engineering skills. We believe in technical and project quality, in relationships, in cost control and time management. We design real things, we deal with physical data, matter, conditions, as well as people: builders, clients and the future users of a building. We value the entire construction and space transformation process, from idea generation to implementation.
Starching got its start in 1992 as an associated firm with two partners, architect M.Paola Pontarollo and engineer Marcello Cerea. They immediately focused their attention on workspace design projects and on new forms of entrepreneurship in the Telecommunications industry, which, back then, were the growth drivers of the new economy in Italy. At the time, these buildings were still basically uncharted territory, which paved the way for experimentation, finding new solutions to define high-tech yet safe and secure spaces for their everyday users.
Seven years later, thanks to the great success achieved, the Cerea-Pontarollo firm turned into STARCHING Architecture and Engineering Firm. In 2000, the firm’s operational headquarters in Rome opened its doors, under the direction of architect Mauro Angeletti.
In 2008, the business experienced significant growth when some of its staff with key roles and responsibilities joined the partnership, perfectly in line with the firm’s continuous growth and reorganization process.
At the same time, in order for new projects to be contemporary, they increasingly entail needs that can only be met thanks to a strong integrated engineering component.
The sustainability, renovation, and reclamation of spaces, the availability of in-house services and of mutable environments are all needs that STARCHING meets through a combination of architectural creativity and engineering planning.
Being contemporary means having clear but flexible thinking skills, and being able to quickly adjust to today’s fast-paced ever-changing world.
«The great is a succession of little things that are brought together»
- V. Van Gogh
Competence and knowledge sharing take form in a specific teamwork method that has evolved and changed together with Starching, from day 1. A shared system guides the work of designers who, with their great expertise, give real value to the project.