STUDIO SHIFT is a multidisciplinary architecture and design practice whose ethos derives from a commitment to progressive design and methodology, education and a belief that architecture can enhance individual and collective experience and quality of life.
Mario Cipresso is founder and president of Santa Monica based architecture firm, Studio Shift. Formed in 2004, Studio Shift is a critical practice with a commitment to challenging convention and producing innovative architecture through rigorous analysis and advanced design methodologies. Prior to Studio Shift, Mario worked as a lead designer alongside Pritzker Prize winning architect, Thom Mayne at Morphosis.
While with Morphosis, Mario contributed to many of the firm’s most innovative and notable projects both nationally and internationally. Recently reaching completion is the progressive Giant Interactive Group Headquarters in Shanghai, China for which Mario was the lead designer and project architect. This landmark building proposes a novel model for a 21st century corporate headquarters by integrating sustainable concepts and innovatively combining work, recreation and hospitality programs. Large-scale urban planning and design projects for which Mario was responsible include the Penang Turf Club in Malaysia and East Darling Harbor in Sydney, Australia among others.
At Studio Shift, Mario has lead the firm in a broad scale and variety of projects such as the competition winning scheme for the Miyi Cultural Tower and Masterplan project and the honorable-mention winning scheme for the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control. Local community-based projects include a highly collaborative, sustainable school design with Ove Arup Los Angeles for the non-profit, Animo Film and Theater Arts Public Charter High School. Working closely with the students and staff, Mario and the team crafted a proposal for an innovative, didactic campus that gives observable form to building systems for real-time monitoring of performance. Residential projects include the progressive Tran Residence and the Palisades House in the Los Angeles area.
A licensed architect in California, Illinois and Colorado, Mario’s design work has been exhibited and published extensively. In addition to his work as a practitioner, Mario maintains a commitment to education and to the critical discourse of contemporary architecture, design and culture. He currently teaches architectural design at the University of Southern California and alongside his teaching responsibilities is an acting faculty leader in the University's bid to design a solar-powered home for the U.S. Department of Energy's 2013 Solar Decathlon.