Founded in 2007 by Nicola Cabiati and Maya Ben Amar. They chose Roma to be the foundation of an international multidisciplinary Design Studio.

AIR the abbreviation of Architects in Rome was created with a vision of offering an evolutionary style of design; combined with a specific approach to sustainability and technologies.

While the roles of the two Senior Architects at times intertwine; Maya is the one who oversees the technical aspects of AIR creations around the world; while Nicola manages the artistic creations and the day-to-day productions at the Studio in Rome.


Nicola Cabiati
Artistic Director; Manages the Studio in Rome, heading the design and production teams.

If there’s no project on line, Nicola will invent one! Experimenting constantly with new technologies, yet everything starts on the classic drawing board. “The Goal is to constantly create the balance between contemporary society flow and my profession of an Architect”.

He began his work experience in1999 becoming from 2006 to 2018 the Artistic Director of Massimiliano Fuksas; he was in charge of the Work Shop at the design Studio.

Nicola Managed large scale international projects including Rome’s Convention Centre “Cloud EUR”, Fontvieille in Monaco and Gelendzhik’s Airport in Russia; He coordinated international teams throughout concept, schematic, and design development phases.

Nicola Cabiati Born was in Rome in 1973, he graduated from the Faculty of Architecture of Rome "La Sapienza".
Maya Ben Ammar
Head of Projects; Maya is the connection of the trident; Clients, AIR and the implementation teams of our projects.

Prior to co-founding AIR; Maya has been part of World-famous architect firms,
Collaborating Internationally with agencies such as Zaha Hadid Architects and Studio Massimiliano Fuksas, where she met Nicola Cabiati then the Artistic Director at Fuksas.

Participating in the realization of high scale projects from the Shenzhen International Airport – Terminal 3 in China; The New Trade Fair Milano; Greenwich Gardens in London, to the Gardens of a Minneapolis Museum.

She has launched he career in Paris with Michel Desvigne in Landscape architecture getting along her experience a nomination at Le Grand Prix de l’Urbanisme.

Maya Ben Ammar was Born in Paris in 1977 and received her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Architecture of Florence, Italy.

Chérif Mabrouk
Chérif joined air in 2023. He has lived and worked in the Middle East, Europe and Africa with an atypical career from Hotel Management at Palaces such as the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva; to Private Banking with MIG Bank - Swiss Quote in the Accounts Management of MENA; the Swiss Forex Market Place in Interbank relations & Communication; to IT investments in AR & VR technologies and other interactive multimedia.

He has invested in education and introduced the first practical Multimedia IT course in virtual and augmented realities in 2013 at INSAT in collaboration with the EPFL engineers.

The common factor is a vision to identify emerging technologies, managing transitions and the launch of new structured products.

He Joined AIR as a Managing Partner for the day to day tasks of the Group and to put in place a new growth module supporting Architecture and Design by technology.

Chérif Mabrouk was born in Tunisia in 1975; Graduated from the University Centre Cèsar Ritz in Brig, Switzerland.
He holds the Swiss Higher Diploma in Hotel Management; a Post Graduate Diploma in Management and an MBA research in Change Management.  
Massimo Mazzone 
Massimo is a Sculptural Artist with a unique approach to research.
His work privileges relations between body, sculpture and the architectural models he works on.

He is an art professor teaches Sculpture Technique at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera.

Massimo is an Activist at heart and he’s the spokes person of the collective Escuela Moderna / Ateneo Libertario.

His literary productions are books and articles published with the ApArte, Artslife, Artribune, Libertaria, Bordeaux, Mileu, Prospettive and others.

Massimo Mazzone is almost a fixture of the new century at one of the world’s most prestigious cultural instituons; La Biennale di Venezia. (2000, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2008, and yearly from 2016 to 2023)