Sergio Valentini studied Architecture at the Politecnico di Bari in Italy, developing an interest in architectural history and restoration, and graduating in 2007. During his studies, he collaborated with the Universitá degli Studi La Sapienza di Roma, Greek Eforia (Monuments and Fine Arts Office), SAIA (Italian Archaeological School of Athens) and the Politecnico di Bari on several archaeological studies and restoration projects in both Italy and Greece.
His interest for modern buildings and towers brought him to join Foster + Partners in 2007 to work on 610 Lexington Avenue, a mixed-use tower in Midtown Manhattan. He then worked on the refurbishment and alterations to the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia and on a refurbishment project for Queen Anne’s Gate in a conservation area near St. James’s Park in London. He was promoted to Associate at Foster + Partners in 2009. He has also worked on two competitions for educational projects – the Baltimore Law Faculty and Library and a research laboratory at Princeton University. His last project with Foster + Partners was the SECC Arena in Glasgow, a venue for concerts and performances with seating for up to 12,500 people.
In the fall of 2010, he moved to Chicago where he joined JAHN, where he is now Principal Architect, to work with Helmut Jahn on high-rise projects. Most recently, he has worked on Nanjing Tower, a 400 m mixed-use tower in Nanjing and led the Shanghai International Financial Centre project, a multiple building complex in the heart of the city consisting of three towers (the highest tower reaches 220 m), a museum, a theatre and a large underground retail area.
He joined the CTBUH in the fall of 2011 and became the Chair of the Young Professional Committee. He is also a member of the recently created BIM working group.