Georg Piantino recently returned to YSA Design as Senior Architect, after a seven-year period during which he has been mainly practised in the land-based sector, focusing on developing a strong set of skills as lead architect and project management.
Georg brings with him an infectious enthusiasm that marked out his initial period with YSA Design between 2008 and 2011, when he developed close relationships with clients and outfitters alike, as well as honing his communications and problem-solving skills. He “never really left behind” the passion for cruise ship design during his time away, he says.
In the intervening years, however, Georg has developed a strong set of skills as a project leader with some of the largest land-based architecture firms in Scandinavia. He also re-joins having gained experience in shopping mall, apartment block, kindergarten and luxury residential design projects, and key insights into the advanced tools at architecture’s leading edge that are increasingly being deployed in ship design.
“Techniques such as Building Information Modelling have become mandatory on shore and, more and more, they are becoming part of cruise ship building. I have been immersed in using these techniques while I have been away from YSA Design,” says Georg. “Using them for ship design means that all stakeholders – clients, outfitters, builders and designers – work in 3D from the sketch phase right through to ship delivery.”
Georg, whose father was also an architect, initially joined YSA Design after securing a Masters in Architecture from the Technical University of Graz (TU), Austria says that he is looking forward to using the insights he has gained to help drive YSA Design forward as a cruise industry innovator. “I always followed YSA Design during the intervening years and, to be honest, when the company’s senior management approached direct and asked me if I wanted to join them in their ambitious plans for the company, it was impossible to resist.”