Giulio Bonazzi, CEO and President of Aquafil, Sonia Massari, co-founder of The FORK Food Design Organisation, and Danish architect Kasper Guldager, co-founder of Home.Earth are once more members of the Archiproducts Design Awards 2023 Sustainability Award Jury.
Sonia Massari, Kasper Guldager, Giulio Bonazzi
Alongside other renowned global authorities in eco- and sustainable design, they will honour products that excel in incorporating the principles of recycling, sustainability and ecological transition. Only brands that demonstrate an unwavering commitment to reducing the emissions and environmental footprint of their products through the use of sustainable and recyclable materials will be eligible for consideration.
Giulio Bonazzi, CEO and President of Aquafil, an Italian manufacturer of nylon fibres and polymers, including the renowned regenerated nylon ECONYL®, joined the ADA Sustainability Award jury last year. His career has been dedicated to transforming the family business into a global textile industry leader committed to the circular economy. Aquafil, founded by Bonazzi’s parents half a century ago in Arco (TN), Italy, is undergoing a sustainable global transformation under his innovative and revolutionary leadership. He has challenged the company to create recycled nylon materials that transform landfill and ocean waste into premium, exquisite fibres.
Where others see waste, I see gold
Bonazzi’s signature quote encapsulates the visionary thinking that drives his company toward sustainability. After significant investment in research and development, ECONYL®, a fully regenerated and renewable nylon yarn, was first introduced in 2011 and is now one of the world’s most coveted yarns among designers and carpet manufacturers. Today, Aquafil is a prominent figure in sustainability, embodying the principles of the circular economy and pioneering innovations in synthetic fabrics. Giulio Bonazzi is a sought-after speaker who has shared his insights on creating a circular economy at major conferences such as Texworld USA, Fashionnovation, One Ocean Forum, Responsible Business Summit, Ethical Corporation Summit and Copenhagen Fashion Summit.
In her second year on the Sustainability Award jury, Sonia Massari brings more than two decades of experience as an educator, researcher, consultant, and designer specialising in the intersection of human-food interaction, sustainability education, design thinking, and innovative agri-food systems. She currently holds a research position at the Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment (PAGE – Pisa Agricultural Economics) at the University of Pisa. She is also Academic Director of the Future Food Academy and Senior Advisor to the Barilla Foundation. As co-founder of the FORK Food Design Organization, an international non-profit organisation dedicated to food+design, Massari plays an integral role in shaping the field. She also co-organised the EFOOD2022 conference. Sonia currently shares her knowledge at the ISIA Design School, where she teaches “Design for Sustainable Scenarios”. Between 2017 and 2022, she taught at Roma Tre University in the “Sustainability Design Thinking” program. Her expertise is also sought after by European universities, where she is a lecturer and visiting professor at such prestigious institutions as SPD Scuola Politecnica di Design, ESHTE Escola Superior de Hotelaria e Turismo do Estoril, RBS Rome Business School, BBS Bologna Business School, Intrecci Formazione, EIIS, University of Siena, University of Macerata, University of Parma, University of Gastronomic Sciences Pollenzo, University of Camerino and Elisava Barcelona. Sonia holds a PhD in Food Experience Design from the School of Engineering at the University of Florence and has a bibliography of over 50 publications in scientific journals, reports, books and magazine articles. Her book “Trans-disciplinary Case Studies on Design for Food and Sustainability”, published by Elsevier in 2021, underlines her authority in the field. For 12 years, she served as Academic Director of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Food Studies Programs in Rome, and she developed more than 50 academic programs and 150 educational initiatives focused on food and sustainability for prestigious institutions and universities worldwide. In recognition of her extraordinary contributions, she has received numerous awards, including the International Women Innovation Award “Techno-visionary” in 2012, the NAFSA TLS Knowledge Community’s Innovative Research in International Education Award in 2014, and the Food Studies ASFS Pedagogy Award in 2020. She is currently on the Editorial Board of the International Journal on Food Design and holds the position of Vice President within the ASFS (Association for the Study of Food and Society).
Kasper Guldager, photo credit Tom Jersø
Danish architect Kasper Guldager, in his second year as a Sustainability Award jury member, is a prominent figure known for co-authoring “Cradle to Cradle Manual” and “Building a Circular Future“. His influence extends to academia, where he is a visiting professor of architecture in Munich, Delft, and Calgary. Most notably, he lends his expertise as a circular economy advisor to both the Danish government and the city of Amsterdam. Guldager’s commitment to advancing sustainable building reaches new heights, as he recently took on the role of president for the development of European standards in circular building. In 2021, he co-founded Home.Earth, a European real estate company dedicated to cultivating urban communities based on principles of inclusivity, livability, and sustainability.
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