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Robin Monotti Graziadei
OccupationArchitect & film producer
SpouseVera Filatova (m. 2008)
RelativesAntonio Graziadei (great grandfather)
Ercole Graziadei (grandfather)

Robin Monotti Graziadei is an Italian architect, film producer and biourbanist [1] based in London. He is the managing partner of Robin Monotti Architects, a firm that he founded in 2007. In 2010, Monotti won the RIBA and Royal Parks Foundation's International Drinking Fountain Design Competition with his Watering Holes fountain design.[2] In 2016 Robin co-founded the film production company Luminous Arts Productions, which co-produced the drama feature film on the history and philosophy of medicine The Book of Vision executively produced by Terrence Malick.[3]

Early life

Monotti Graziadei was born and raised in Rome. He moved to England when he was 17 and studied BSc Architecture at the University of Bath in 1994.[4] In 2000, he studied MA in Histories and Theories of Architecture at the Architectural Association of London.[5]


From 2001 to 2007, he taught a Diploma Unit at the London Metropolitan University. He started Robin Monotti Architects in London in 2007 before which he worked in offices in architecture office in Rome and Milan. In 2007, Monotti translated Curzio Malaparte's Donna Come Me into English language titled Woman Like Me.[6] Robin co-produced the film The Book of Vision (2020) executively produced by Terrence Malick and starring Charles Dance.[3]

Foros Yacht House

Foros Yacht house is a building, built by Monotti Graziadei and his firm, at the southernmost tip of the Crimean coastline. It houses four rental holiday apartments arranged around tall yacht storage at ground level, and connected by a staircase tower.[7] He started working on the Yacht house in 2011 and completed it by 2012.[8]

The Yacht house received a lot of media coverage. It was featured in AJ Buildings Library,[9] Contemporist,[10] and Architects' Journal.[11] ArchDaily wrote that the, "Yacht House is a contemporary response to Russia’s dacha tradition. Robin Monotti’s design is uncompromisingly modern, but also open, playful and people focussed."[7] Architecture Today wrote that "inside, the experience is very much like being in a luxurious yacht, with gleaming white furniture and a rows of porthole windows."[12]

Watering Holes

In 2010, Monotti Graziadei designed a sculptural stone fountain, called Watering Holes, in collaboration with Mark Titman. They designed the fountain to participate in an International Drinking Fountain competition held by RIBA and Royal Parks Foundation.[2] The competition was intended to find suitable fountains for London's eight Royal Parks.[13][14] Watering Holes was one of the two winners in the competition. The fountain has three watering holes at heights designed for adults, children & wheelchair users and dogs, cool, fresh drinking water is freely accessible to all park visitors. Watering Holes was listed as one of Time Out's top five drinking fountains in London.[15]

Tbilisi Business Center

In 2013, Monotti presented the design for Tbilisi Business Center, a 16-floor tower to be constructed next to Bank of Georgia building in Tbilisi, Georgia. The design of the tower is a stack of glass-enclosed disks that seem to spiral upward. The tower will offer 16,000 sq-meter of space as a new business center and will include offices, conference halls, trading floors, restaurants, outdoor garden terraces on each level. The construction schedule has not yet been determined.[16][17]

The design has received government's approval.[18] However, as of April 2013, the construction schedule was not determined.[16]

Personal life

Monotti is married to Vera Filatova. They live in London with their son and daughter. He is the grandson of international lawyer Ercole Graziadei the first President of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe[19] and great-grandson of political economist and Marxist economic theory critic Professor Antonio Graziadei, one of the founding members of the Italian Communist Party.[20]


  • Winner of the RIBA & Royal Parks Foundation International Drinking Fountain Design Competition - 2010[2]
  • Winner of first place for the Interior of a House in a Modern Style at the Interior of the Year Awards in Ukraine - 2013[21]
  • Winner of the European Property Awards, 2013 - 2014[22]


  1. ^ "Toward a Home of Language: Conclusion of the 2019 Biourbanism Summer School in Artena". International Society of Biourbanism. Retrieved 7 October 2023.
  2. ^ a b c "Dogs 'approve' London Royal Parks drinking holes". BBC News. 3 June 2011. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  3. ^ a b "'The Book of Vision,' Starring Charles Dance, Acquired by Parkland Entertainment for U.K., Eire (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 6 October 2023.
  4. ^ "Class notes". University of Bath. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  5. ^ "Robin Monotti Graziadei (AA Histories and Theories MA 2000) wins competition to design Royal Parks Drinking Fountains". Architectural Association of London. Retrieved 23 September 2014.
  6. ^ "Five Minutes with the amazing Robin Monotti…". The Design Society. Retrieved 20 September 2014.
  7. ^ a b "Yacht House / Robin Monotti Architectss". Arch Daily. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  8. ^ "Foros Yacht House by Robin Monotti Architects". Dezeen. 2 February 2013. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
  9. ^ "Foros Yacht House". AJ Buildings Library.
  10. ^ "Yacht House by Robin Monotti Architects". Contemporist. 26 October 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  11. ^ "Showtime for Robin Monotti's Crimean yacht house". Architects' Journal. 5 October 2012. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  12. ^ "Robin Monotti: Yacht House". Architecture Today. 10 April 2013. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  13. ^ "Judges go with the flow in royal parks water fountain competition". The Guardian. 8 November 2010. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  14. ^ "Drinking Fountain Competition". Support The Royal Parks. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  15. ^ "Watering Holes Drinking Fountain". Support The Royal Parks. Retrieved 14 September 2014.
  16. ^ a b "Stacked, Circular Tower To Join Tbilisi Skyline". ASCE Civil Engineering Magazine. Retrieved 20 September 2014.
  17. ^ "British firm offsets Soviet gem with a glass spiral". Phaidon. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  18. ^ "ROBIN MONOTTI ARCHITECTS TO DEVELOP TBILISI BUSINESS CENTRE". Design Curial. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  19. ^ "Welcome to CCBE - Structure - Presidency". CCBE. Retrieved 6 October 2023.
  20. ^ "Architect Robin Monotti Graziadei speaks about designing the water fountains at Kensington Gardens". Archived from the original on 6 January 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  21. ^ "1-Е МЕСТО (№0620) ROBIN MONOTTI GRAZIADEI". Interiorgoda. Retrieved 23 September 2014.
  22. ^ "Yacht House". Europa Concorsi. Archived from the original on 5 October 2014. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
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