Antonio Di Vito
On the terrace of a model building in Antonio Di Vito's office is Yoda, brandishing his lightsabre to prevent the architects being tempted by the Dark Side of the Force. When I ask about the name, Antonio simply picks up the model: YO.DAA is a path, a concept, the plan of a way of being. In fact, in order to tell me about himself, Antonio takes me for a stroll through the urbanised history of his life, showing me the streets, landscapes and buildings which made him understand that he wanted to work with the place where he was born, and that if each person has somewhere where he or she must begin to use the force, his is Fondi. Of his years of study and work, Murcia, Valencia, masters' and projects at 3YYO/0.102 Arquitectos and Incotec Consultores, he says, “I had to leave to understand that I wanted to come back”.
He returned to Rome in 2009, finished his Laurea Magistrale in Architettura, and two weeks later left for China to work in the Xi'An headquarters of Italian-Chinese practice DAMU, participating in a range of projects, one of which, the Chan-Ba International Exchange Centre, was designed and built in just four months. It took him until 2012 to come home: after receiving his licence to practice, Antonio was drawn back to his origins, first in the Studio Stamegna in Itri and then founding YO.DAA in Fondi, where, together with Simone and Gianmarco, he is attempting to modernise the role of the architect and bring it closer to his own idea of what it should be. The motto of the modern movement stated that the architect deals with everything, "from the spoon to the town," and it is this idea of extended creativity that YO.DAA offers: architecture and communication, creating a brand, logos, innovation, events, harmony and functionality. But above all, a belief in sharing beauty and working together for its realisation.
The story of Antonio Di Vito has been written by Elisa Casseri, writer.