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Class of 2012 Mini-Reunion | Malcantone, Ticino


To commemorate Yulia Gusarova’s recent completion of the MA in Architecture from USI Mendrisio, I invited her and three of her fellow students from the Class of 2012 to a reunion party at my house in Vernate on September 30, 2021. Ekaterina Ikonomova ’12, who received her MA from UNI Mendrisio last year, was also able to come. As far as I know, these two are our first students to get the MArch at Mendrisio. And there they are: a Bulgarian and a Russian architect practicing in Ticino and operating in Italian. Humbling. 

Also in attendance from that same class were Jorge Otaola, who is currently in Finance but is planning a move into graphic design, and Chiara Ravaioli (via Zoom), whose success at Milan Design Week with her lighting objects—3D-printed tabletop pieces—we were also celebrating. This was a truly extraordinary class, and I’m gratified that they are all either in Lugano or in any case local enough to come by from time to time.

Mark Aeschliman


Class of 2012 Mini-Reunion


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