Filippo Schiano di Pepe

Filippo Schiano di Pepe



San Francisco

Filippo Schiano di Pepe was born in Rome, Italy. After graduating in Architecture and becoming a qualified architect in Italy, he moved to London for some years to experience a different environment for the field of architecture.

He has worked in various important studios for architecture, such as Massimiliano Fuksas’ studio in Rome, Ray Hole Architects in London among others. While at these studios, he came to realize the inefficiency of the market. In his home country of Italy he found there were far too many architects for just a small pool of clients.

That’s why in 2013 Filippo Schiano di Pepe founded CoContest, the first crowdsourcing technology platform for interior design. The online platform connects designers from all over the world with potential clients. It offers the possibility for those in need of new design ideas to establish a contest, open to architects in the CoContest community, decide a money reward and to award a winner.

CoContest’s website says, “Our goal is to disrupt the status quo”. And so they did. Italy’s established architects see a thread in the company. But it is less a thread to Italy’s architect then a gain to international architects – especially young ones.

Articles featuring Filippo

17 Inspirational Archipreneur Quotes that will Motivate You in 2017

In our interview series Archipreneur Insights we have spoken with more than 40 Archipreneurs. Experts and entrepreneurs in the field of architecture, building and development have answered our questions and giving us insight into their creative and unusual operations of their businesses and projects. From these interviews we want to share with you the most inspirational […]

How an Architect Created a Crowdsourcing Platform for Interior Design – with the Founder of CoContest

Do you want to get into the heads of the top initiators and performers in the field of architecture, building and development? If so, we heartily welcome you to “Archipreneur Insights”! In this interview series, we talk to the leaders and key players who have created outstanding work and projects. Get to know how they […]

Quotes from Filippo

  • "Architects who want to start their own business should put creativity at the heart of their activity, and to try to invent new things that can be really useful for other people."
  • "In the end, there’s no magic formula for success and there are many variables: the team, the idea, the execution, etc. but the most important thing is give real value to people."
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