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Francesco Pio Dotti

Architect, Painter, Designer, Writer, Expert in Architectural Restoration and Conservation

Francesco Pio Dotti Architetto, Scrittore, Pittore, Disegnatore, Designer, Esperto in Conservazione di Beni Culturali


Francesco Pio Dotti was born on 17.2.1956 in San Giorgio delle Pertiche (PD); he completed regular lower secondary school studies at the Salesian Enrico di Sardagna Institute in Castello di Godego (TV), and upper secondary school studies at the Liceo Artistico in Padua, where he graduated in Artistic Maturity on 4.VIII.1974. In September of the same year, he enrolled at the University Institute of Architecture in Venice, in the Academic Year 1974/'75, in the degree course in Architecture. On 21.XII.1977 he was appointed Associate Academic of the Accademia Tiberina, Institute of University Culture and Higher Studies.


In the period 1977/'78 he collaborated on the drafting of the Project for the "Arrangement of Piazza Stamira" competition in Ancona, with Professors Angelo Villa and Gianni Fabbri, professors of Architectural Composition III at the University Institute of Architecture in Venice. The Project is reported and published in Italian architecture magazines. During 1979 he collaborated with Professor Bruno Minardi, professor of Architectural Composition at the University Institute of Venice, on the drafting of the project for an urban residence on top of a skyscraper on 5th Avenue in New York. The project is published in the volume "Architecture as superfetation", Milan 1994.


Participates in the IV Architectural Composition Course held by Professors Carlo Aymonino and Luciano Semerani at the Department of Theory and Technique of Building Design with a work on the urban recovery of a "campiello veneziano", residences and public building in the Cannaregio district in Venice. The work was published in the volume “Progetto Venezia”, Venice 1980.


He graduated in architecture, in the extraordinary section of the academic year 1979, on 22.III.1980 at the University Institute of Architecture in Venice with honors, with Professor Aldo Rossi, discussing a thesis on historical research associated with design architecture entitled: “The architecture of Piazza Veneta. Analysis and proposals". The thesis work has been the subject of numerous exhibitions and publications in specialized Italian and foreign books and magazines (cf. ex m. “THE SCHOOL OF VENICE”, in ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST, London, 1985).


In January 1981, he obtained the qualification to practice as an architect by passing the State Exam held at the University Institute of Architecture in Venice and began his professional career as a freelancer with studio in Camposampiero (PD) Since 1984 Since 1993 he has been teaching at the Antonian College of Foreign Missions of the Friars Minor Conventual in Camposampiero.


From 1993 to today he has carried out the free profession of architect mainly dealing with the restoration and conservation of cultural heritage in Italy and abroad. He is the founder of Studio Dotti, an architecture, urban planning and design studio, of Revolux Studios S.r.l. ( and Architectural Restoration (


In our thirty years of activity, we provide the customer with all the services necessary to proceed with the conservative restoration and any adjustments (structural, functional, distributive) of each historic building, garden or park.


The services are developed starting from the survey of the artifacts with different instruments (laser scanners, application software, photoplanes, orthophotos, calibrated cameras) preparation of the restoration project, authorizations from the Superintendency with admissibility of contributions and deductions - tax deductions, work can be set up , management of the same and testing.


We also take care of the examination of buildings for purchase and sale negotiations, financing for the restoration of cultural assets, practices for the export of works, the selection of specialized personnel for asset conservation activities, research archive and, in general, any activity connected with the world of art.




1979 - Urban residence project in a skyscraper on 5th Avenue in New York U.S.A. in  ARCHITECTURE AS SUPERFETATION, Milan 1994


1980 - University Institute of Architecture of Venice, Department of theory and technique of building design. Urban and building renovation intervention project in  Cannaregio; in PROJECT VENICE, CLUVA publisher, Venice, 1980.


1982 - Degree thesis "THE ARCHITECTURE OF VENETIAN SQUARES"  in the volume  Projects for the Venetian City, 1926 / 1981, Neri Pozza Editore, Vicenza, 1982.


1985 - Degree thesis published in "VENETIAN PROJECTS" CLUP Editore, Milan,


1985 Degree thesis in English version “ THE SCHOOL OF VENICE ”, published in ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST, London, 1985.


1985 - Project for the arrangement of the Piazza di Badoere ( TV ), in the CATALOG OF THE III INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE EXHIBITION  Venice Project, Electa Publishing, Milan, 1985.


1988 - Essay on the history of Venetian rural architecture from the 17th century to the present day. At the origin of an architectural tradition: the rural house, in ABACUS n. 16,  Sinopia Publishing, Milan, 1988.


1988 - Essay on the history of the architecture of the Venetian Villa; Building types and their evolution. An attempt at classification: the compositional form of the Venetian Villa, in ABACUS n. 16,  Sinopia Publishing, Milan, 1988.


1988 - Essay on Venetian architecture of the 20th century and on the influence of Palladian or neo-Palladian models on current building production.                The actuality of the Venetian house and design research, in ABACUS n. 16, Sinopia Publishing, Milan, 1988.


1988 - Essay on building typology and urban morphology in Venetian architectural culture. History and typologies of Venetian places in today's forms, in L'ARREDO DELLA CITTA'n. 7, Sinopia Publishing, Milan, 1988.

1988 - Essay on Venetian squares and their relationship with the city or with naturalistic elements such as watercourses. Squares on the water and surroundings: elements, functions, transformations; in CITY FURNISHING n. 7, Milan, 1988.


1993 - Writes the book BRONZOLA, TERRITORY HISTORY AND ARCHITECTURE OF A COMMUNITY Bertato Editore, Villa del Conte (Padua)    1993, p. 120.  The volume narrates the story and traces the lines of urban development of a small urban center in the Upper Padua area, retracing the life of its inhabitants and the transformations of the territory. The analysis is conducted starting from the most representative building: the 9th century church and proceeds by examining those which, overlapping the original structure, followed one another from the 1500s up to the last of 1780 while preserving the locus sacratus.


1994 - Publication of some projects in ARCHITETTI VENETI II, Edizioni Biblioteca dell'Immagine, Pordenone, 1994.


1995 - Writes the volume FRANCISCAN RELIGIOUS ARCHITECTURE, THE "PLACE" OF SANT'ANTONIO A CAMPOSAMPIERO, Messaggero        Editions, Padua 1995, pp. 328. Prefaces by H. Em. Card. Antonio Ribeiro, Patriarch of Lisbon and of the Superintendent of Environmental and Architectural Heritage of Eastern Veneto, Arch. Guglielmo Monti. The volume summarizes  the analysis of Christian religious architecture from its origins to the present day starting from building types and models, noting their modifications and formal evolutions over time in relation to the liturgy. The study also includes the comparison of building types  elaborated by the various religious and monastic orders, identifying their differences and similarities. The same criterion is also used to classify within the Franciscan Order, the "places" of  Friars Minor, Capuchins and Conventuals. It is a first example of a systematic study of the settlements that can also be used for other realities of Franciscanism in Europe and in the world (the text of the volume has been translated into Latin and the edition of the book in Portuguese is forthcoming).


1995 - Review of the volume FRANCISCAN RELIGIOUS ARCHITECTURE, THE "PLACE" OF SANT'ANTONIO A CAMPOSAMPIERO in              Summula Bibliografica Antoniana of the last thirty years approx. 1965 - 1995, St. Bonaventure Pontifical Theological Faculty, Friars Minor Conventual,  Miscellanea Francescana Editions, Rome, 1995 (1995) pp. 111 - 13.

1996 - Review of the volume FRANCISCAN RELIGIOUS ARCHITECTURE, THE "PLACE" OF SANT'ANTONIO AT CAMPOSAMPIERO  in            Franciscan periodical I SANCTUARI ANTONIANI, year LXVII, n. 1/96.


1996 - At the invitation of the Franciscan community, he participates in the study seminar "Lo Spazio della " at the Sacred Convent of San Francesco in Assisi.       church: architecture and liturgy". Report on ancient Franciscan architecture and its influences in the three Orders to the present day.


1996 - At the invitation of the organizers, he participates in the Palazzo dei Congressi in Bologna at the international congress "Spazio Sacro alle soglie del 2000".


1996 - Review of the volume FRANCISCAN RELIGIOUS ARCHITECTURE, THE "PLACE" OF SANT'ANTONIO A CAMPOSAMPIERO in              FRANCISCAN MISCELLANEOUS. Quarterly review of theological sciences and Franciscan studies edited by the Professors of the Pontifical Theological Faculty “S. Bonaventura” of the Friars Minor Conventual, Rome 1996 (1996) pp. 277 - 78.


1997 - Review of the volume FRANCISCAN RELIGIOUS ARCHITECTURE, THE "PLACE" OF SANT'ANTONIO A CAMPOSAMPIERO in CIVILTA' CATTOLICA, 15 February 1997, written by the Jesuit Father P. Vanzan.


1997 - Review of the volume FRANCISCAN RELIGIOUS ARCHITECTURE, THE "PLACE" OF SANT'ANTONIO A CAMPOSAMPIERO in VITA MINORUM n. 2/97, written and commentary on the book by Father Giorgio Ginepro Zoppetti OFM.


1997 - Review of the volume FRANCISCAN RELIGIOUS ARCHITECTURE, THE "PLACE" OF SANT'ANTONIO A CAMPOSAMPIERO in the Sardinian Franciscan Library, volume VII (1997) annotations and commentary on the book in relation to the "places" of Franciscanism in Sardinia by Dr. Marcella Serreli .


1998 - Historical notes on the restoration of Villa Campello in Camposampiero (PD) in CAMPOSAMPIERO NEWS, year XIII, n. 31


1999 - Review of the volume FRANCISCAN RELIGIOUS ARCHITECTURE, THE "PLACE" OF SANT'ANTONIO A CAMPOSAMPIERO in ASPRENAS Theological Review, Naples 1999," annotations and comments by Dr. Giuseppe Persico.


2003 - Preface to the book MARCO E TULLIOLA, by Antonietta Dal Bo, PD, 2003




2012 - Paris. The Center Pompidou, Musee National d'Art Moderne, Center de création industrielle, Collection architecture asks the architect Francesco Pio Dotti to donate to the Musee du Centre, the original works of his thesis. The author accepts with enthusiasm, and is personally thanked  by Frederic Migayou, Commissaire de l'exposition, Conservateur en chef pour l'architecture e le design. The donation was followed by the exhibition “LA TENDENZA, ITALIAN ARCHITECTURES ITALIANNES 1965 -1985, EDITED BY, DIRIGE PAR FREDERIC MIGAYROU, with its catalog published by the Center Pompidou. The Catalog has included a particularly incisive and fruitful twenty years from the cultural point of view of Italian architecture on the international scene. The various personalities, the Masters, although operating in often very different cultural fields, have been grouped into a single phenomenal container called "The Trend". Today's definition is a quotation made by Manfredo Tafuri in the second half of the seventies and concerned above all the Venetian and Roman School. The exhibition took place at the Galerie du Musée ed Galerie d'Art Graphique from 20 June to 10 September 2012 and  had an extraordinary success with critics and visitors. The event was highly publicized in the media, especially in France and Europe.


2014 - 2017- Brochure for S.S. Pope Francis, published by the Community of Friars Minor and Administration of the Pontifical Apostolic See S.C.V. The Brochure was written as Architect Curator of the conservative restoration of the Convent and Church of San Francesco a Ripa Grande in Rome. The document was handed over to the Holy Father on the occasion of the meeting with the Franciscan Community of Friars Minor who live in San Francesco a Ripa and concerns the history and features of the conservative restoration of the Church and Convent; the Franciscan complex, donated to San Francesco by the Benedictines, one of the largest deposits of Franciscan relics in existence. In it works by    restoration. The editorial work was also delivered to the Minister of the Interior, the body that owns the buildings, and to the Pontifical Apostolic Administration, Vatican City State, the body that manages the buildings with the Friars Minor.


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