“By continuity we mean a continuity of method rather than a continuity of style. It is a way of doing architecture that is not self-celebratory but honest and ethical ”- Francesco Albini
The Milanese studio, founded in 1930 by Franco Albini, is characterized by an approach to architecture understood as “rationalized craftsmanship”, that is, as an artisan tradition rationally mediated by industrial production. In 1952, with the association of Franca Helg, the studio was enriched with new design skills and sensibilities. Since 1962 the Albini-Helg studio has availed itself of the collaboration of Antonio Piva and since 1965 of Marco Albini, assuming in 1975 the name “Franco Albini, Franca Helg, Antonio Piva, Marco Albini architecture studio.” From 1990 to 2000 the studio became “Marco Albini, Antonio Piva associates” and from 2004 “Studio Albini Associati Marco Albini and Francesco Albini”.
The Firm is therefore now in its third generation but continues in line and method by pursuing the values of modernity and innovation.
Continuity does not mean imitation of forms but consistency with a design method that presupposes specific attitudes towards the world and oneself. Continuity of method rather than continuity of style. “I think it is important to ensure the continuity of this way of understanding architecture as a profession – says Francesco Albini – which can contribute to improving the quality of people’s lives”.