In 1979, Edoardo Milesi – a graduate of the Polytechnic University of Milan with Franca Helg – founded the studio, which immediately turned its attention to ecological building with a “strong” interpretation of reality. The studio combines attention to environmental issues with attention to social issues. Its activities involve employees with interests and attitudes that guarantee a consistent method and direction, which, despite of operational flexibility in many project areas, makes the studio’s works immediately recognizable as a result of constant research.
Archos studio operates in varied fields, where it has carried out many different works: from the preservation and restoration of national monuments to renewal and transformation plans on an urban scale, from manufacturing sites to advanced service industries, from private residences to tourist accommodation and buildings for cultural activities, from school buildings to buildings of worship and for public entertainment. Thanks to the public competitions in which the studio has constantly participated since its foundation and the private works it has created, which have won prestigious awards, the studio has gained international notoriety. In addition, the studio has used innovative design systems since its earliest beginnings. Since 2017, it has had eight BIM (Building Information Modelling) system workstations, which allow all relevant data about buildings to be collected, combined and digitally linked (this system has been legally required since 2019).
From 1990 to 2001, the studio worked for Olivetti in the advanced service sector. Many works received international recognition and were featured in specialized magazines (the relevant articles are available in the awards and press review sections). The Collemassari Winery, the Buonarroti Middle School in Cinigiano, and the Monastery of the Incarnation in Siloe have been recognized by the Superintendency of Siena and Grosseto as contemporary architectural heritage to be protected. The following are some of the most well-known projects: the new monastery in Siloe, the Collemassari Winery, the middle school in Lallio, the Castle of Colle Massari, the Castle of Vicarello, the renovation of the church Madonna delle Grazie del Calcinaio in Cortona, the renovation of the Saint Augustine Complex in Siena, the lakeside promenade in Lovere, the renovation of an industrial complex in Stezzano, a professional school in Haiti, a multi-ethnic school in Girocastro (Albania), the concert hall Bertarelli Foundation Forum in Grosseto, and the Montecucco tourist complex.
The activities of the studio have always been characterized by research and constant participation in cultural debate about architecture, so much so that over the years the studio has gone hand in hand with a publishing house which publishes, among other things, ARTAPP “new cultural appetites”, a periodical magazine which has been published since 2009 by an international editorial staff.
In 2014, Edoardo Milesi, together with a group of friends and professionals, founded the non-profit association Scuola Permanente dell’Abitare (SPdA – Permanent School of Living) with headquarters in Bergamo and Siena at OCRA (Officina Creativa dell’Abitare – Creative Workshop of Living), Montalcino, an incubator of ideas with an open-minded attitude towards a different concept of architecture based on an exchange of ideas with different disciplines and different fields of knowledge examined and questioned during activities involving people: workshops, residential summer schools, conventions, refresher courses, exhibitions and events.