Milan, Italy. Laura Gatti is a Milan, Italy-born agronomist with her own firm Studio Laura Gatti Landscape Consultants which she established in 1992. Laura is co-designer of the multi-awarded ‘Bosco Verticale’ by Stefano Boeri, and she’s following up the progress phase.
After graduation in Agricultural Science at the University of Milan, Laura reached the Post-Graduate Diploma in Parks and Gardens at the University of Turin with full marks AE and honourable mention. Early on, the main field of activity in her career has been tree care including research, arboricultural implication studies, tree maintenance, development of alternative strategies, restoration of public and private historic parks: e.g. the well-known Giardino Ducale in Parma (1770 ca), the Cavalieri di Vittorio Veneto Park – Winter Olympic Games Turin 2006, and the Giuliano da Sangallo fortress in Pisa (1515 ca).
Based permanently in Milan Laura’s practice has been working on many sites across Italy and the Mediterranean with some foreign experiences in different European countries, the Middle East, and China. Her background in horticulture, landscape, engineering and urban life science helps to have a wide perspective. Focusing on tree planting and care, she also advises cities and developers on innovations of mixed-use design, urban regeneration, urban soil conservation, vertical greening, urban farming and green building with environmentally sustainable principles. Throughout her career, her main interest has been urban greening technology, especially building green with integrated trees and maximizing green roof benefits, with special reference to the enhancement of biodiversity.
Laura has worked with major international design firms that have redesigned many different locations as central city streets including cycle networks and pedestrian priority within the central city, historical parks, and archaeological sites. At present, she’s also working at the restoration project of a 440-hectare park close to Milan.
Laura has been an Adjunct Professor Member of the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences of the University of Milan since 2005. Founder and former President of the Italian Society of Arboriculture, she served as a Board of Directors member of the International Society of Arboriculture, the largest world association that promotes the professional practice of arboriculture and fosters a greater worldwide awareness of the benefits of trees. She was awarded the Targa Fabio Rizzi – Professional of the Year 2008 – granted by the Fair of Padua – Flormart-Miflor and by a jury composed of editors of the trade press.
Laura has traveled back to her home many times to speak about and work on aspects of city greening as the city needs to rethink and rebuild itself.