Mario Botta is one of the most influential and innovative architects in the world. In 1969 he received his degree in Architecture in Venice under the supervision of Carlo Scarpa and Giuseppe Mazzariol. In 1970, he started his own private studio in Lugano. He has taught in Losanna, Yale, and in various prestigious international institutions. His works have extensively covered various kinds of private and public commissions for schools, banks, libraries, museums, bus stations and churches. He has contributed in renovating La Scala theatre in Milan and the Querini Stampalia library in Venice. In 2006 he received the Grand Officer Award from President of the Italian Republic Carlo Azeglio Ciampi and designed his first spa, the Bergoase Spa in Arosa, Switzerland. He presently works in Mendrisio where he has opened a new space for research and exhibitions.