Monday, July 26, 2010

Interview: Mr. Massimo Roj, Founder and Managing Partner, Progetto CMR

Founded in 1994, Progetto CMR has developed a significant experience in the planning and realization of Corporate Interiors. While concentrating on this core activity, its range of consultancy has gradually expanded. Integrated design has always been the strong point of its approach.
Clients are offered a qualified team of 80 professionals with different core competencies, organized into six divisions: Architecture (Building Design and Corporate Interiors), Engineering, Health and Safety, Industrial Design, Process Management, Research and Development.

As noted by Mr. Massimo Roj, founder and Managing Partner, Progetto CMR, the company represents the ability to think and design in an innovative way for the various scenarios and elements of the workplace, with customer satisfaction playing a primary role. For this reason, the company was ranked among the 100 Worldwide Best Architecture Firm in 2010.
“It works in partnership, guaranteeing constant high quality in the consultancy, integrating technological development and research in order to create a satisfactory and stimulating future,he noted.
Mr. Roj, studied at the Polytechnic University of Milan where he graduated in Architecture and has been registered Architect in Milan since 1986. From 1982 till 1984 he worked with Spinelli Architects in Milan contributing to the development of the MO-CO Building System for hospitals in Daytona (Ohio - USA), and Kuritiba (Brazil).
In 1984 he joined R. Morisi Architects working on the project for the San Benedetto del Tronto Stadium and for a Business Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. From 1986 he worked with Architect Franca Helg in Milan for interior architecture and planning projects; at the same time, for 3 years, he held courses on "Architectural design" as university assistant at the Polytechnic University of Milan.
He noted that as freelance architect, he developed projects for private and public clients, both residential and commercial buildings, among which the restructuring of the baseball Stadium in Milan.
In 1988 he joined an international company specialized in space planning, where he was Project Manager and Project Architect in charge for projects for COMIT, Sun Microsystems, Eli Lilly, Bosch, Dideco, London & Edinburgh Trust Plc, and for the development of the most advanced Software Research Centre for Olivetti O.I.S.R. in Bari. He planned the reallocation project of an area from industrial to office buildings, as new headquarter for some companies of the Assicurazioni Generali Group, in Mogliano Veneto (TV).
“In 1994, I founded my own firm Progetto CMR in Milan where I am in charge as managing partner, opening offices in Rome, Athens and Tianjin, today the leading companies in office space environment,he said.
Mr. Roj developed architecture, space planning and interior design activities, dealing with projects such as: Coca-Cola, Honeywell, Eli Lilly, Ciba Vision, BIC, Montedison, Medtronic, Johnson Controls, BMG Ricordi, Digital, Pioneer, Iri Infoscan, Bayer, Gillette, Heineken Italia, Munchener Ruck.
He is Client leader also for Italian Government: Italian Chamber of Deputy, Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri and Lombardia Region, for whom he is responsible for the project of rationalization and reallocation of spaces and for the new image definition. He also developed industrial design projects especially thought for the office such as lighting systems and desks for the companies Artemide, Technolyte, Targetti, Martini, Luxo, Estel, Elitable, Las.
He has been speaker at different symposiums and teacher for several courses as a specialist in office habitat and office planning. Since 1996 he has been holding courses on Space Planning Architecture and Building Management at the Architecture Polytechnic University of Milan. Recently he has also started giving lectures at the University of Tianjin.
He also observed that the company is the Italian partner of the HOK European Architects Network. This partnership offers the knowledge of local and the appeal of working with well-established European practices supported by the delivery capacity of HOK's worldwide organization.
“Progetto CMR is formed from six operating areas: Architecture, Engineering, Health and Safety, Industrial Design, Process Management and Research and development. Thanks to our unusual multi-disciplinary approach, offers optimal space planning for the workplace providing full satisfaction of the user's requirements in terms of management, services and plant, and computer networks; and above all, a particularly well-management cost-containment policy,he said.
Speaking on the activities in Asia, he noted that at present the company is focusing on China, for both the public and private sector projects. With the cooperation of Italian and Chinese architects in China, the company has involved in various projects including a seven-star hotel in Jilin Province, a residential master plan in Tianjin, Cobra's new production plant in Beijing and a 30,000-seat stadium for the Songjiang group.
The company also won the competition for the 'Caohejing Hi Tech Park' in Shanghai, with an area of 170,000 square meters it is located west of the city. The project involves the construction of a commercial district which will house offices, a residential complex, hotel, a research center and related services.
Special attention to the environment has been taken into consideration in the design incorporating plants in order to reduce and save energy. the large amount of green space is the heart of the project. To lower the density of visible construction and significantly increase the area devoted to green, the project foresees the creation of 'hills' below buildings which require less direct light, such as businesses, shopping centers, boutiques, sporting centers, restaurants, bars and a lobby.
Mr. Roj noted that the company will hopefully win many more projects and make its presence felt in a difficult market which had immense potential.Today around 25 percent of the total income accrues from the Chinese market.
"The reason behind our success is the constant dedication both to our customers and to final users. My goal is to make customers' ideas and dreams a reality. However this is not sufficient in itself, as the spaces we plan are meant to be occupied by people. Whenever we imagine and design working and living spaces we always keep in mind who and how will inhabit them. These are economic concepts, not philosophic ones" he said.
He noted that offices and residential buildings are not exercises in style. For this reason he plans from the inside to the outside; that is to say, the building envelope is the result of an analysis of the needs and aspirations of the people living within it.