Matteo Cainer started teaching in Milano at the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti di Milano (NABA) in 2023. He teaches the last semester of the International Postgraduate MA in Interior and Spatial Design IV.

His studios encompass a diverse array of locations and focus areas, spanning from local initiatives in Milan to projects across various regions of Italy and even extending to cities like Kabul, Afghanistan. These endeavours tackle a spectrum of challenges, including adaptive reuse, social integration, and biophilic design, while also touching upon aspects of living, education, culture, and mixed-use development.
Nevertheless, the overarching objective remains consistent: to encourage students to think critically and engage with contemporary global issues. This is achieved through a variety of tasks and projects tailored to their level of comprehension and skills, with the ultimate goal of providing them with the tools needed to confront future challenges.


Transforming creativity to embrace consciousness. Seamlessly merging art, nature, technology, culture, and society to address pressing global issues in the field of Education. Research and investigations of social, urban, and architectural complexities, to give students the skills to identify, challenge, comprehend, and redefine these issues through multiple projects in different contexts. Rethinking education, schools and the university campus as a place to empower students with critical tools to approach tomorrow's challenges from a fresh perspective; one that prioritizes and comprehends societal dynamics by acting as agents of change. 

NABA Final Jury 23
Final Jury 2023
Jury Members: Francesco Maria Messina, Chiara Antonelli, Evoque lab


Adaptive reuse in interior design and architecture holds significant importance in today's world, embodying sustainability, preservation, and innovation. It champions the transformation of existing structures, breathing new life into old spaces while reducing environmental impact. This approach celebrates the rich history and character of buildings, fostering a sense of continuity and cultural connection within communities. By repurposing structures, designers can creatively address changing needs and trends without sacrificing the embodied energy of the original construction. Moreover, adaptive reuse often revitalizes neglected areas, contributing to urban renewal and economic development. Ultimately, it encourages a mindful approach to design, where resourcefulness and respect for the past converge to shape the built environment of the future.