Marcello Cerea is the co-founder of STARCHING Srl Architecture and Engineering Firm, together with Paola Pontarollo. Born in Milan in 1962, he graduated in Engineering from the Politecnico di Milano. He started his career as a structural designer, but soon took on the role of building designer and site manager for major engineering firms in Milan, operating both in Italy and abroad. In 1992, he founded the Cerea-Pontarollo associated firm, which in 1999 turned into STARCHING Srl. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Maestrale Project Consortium. He is also a founding partner of Norma Engineering, an Italian project design company operating abroad. Over the years, he has gained great insight into the real estate development sector, thanks to his extensive experience working as a consultant for several real estate investment trusts, and collaborating with leading Italian and foreign players in the industry. In his capacity as technical director, he coordinated a multitude of projects, in both the design and implementation stages, including but not limited to the following: Porta Nuova Varesine, Valle Aurelia shopping mall, a building designed by architect Portaluppi in Milan, the Duca d’Aosta Hotel in Milan, etc.