About us

PACO Design Collaborative is an international network of design driven professionals. We believe all individuals have the potential for creating positive change. As a network, we train ourselves and others to use Design and Education to foster social innovation, sustainable behaviour and conscious business opportunities.

PACO Design Collaborative is made up of a wide range of professionals, the perfect blend for a successful team. A mix of different expertise and backgrounds united by a common passion: designing for positive impact.

Since his University period, Stefano has been on a passionate path of exploration of the contemporary and its dynamics, studying and hybridising different fields from Art to Physics. In 2013 he founded PACO in which he continues his research and scopes out design potentialities as an innovation engine able to generate shared visions and bring positive changes from a social, environmental and economic perspective. He combines his professional activities with teaching in particular by collaborating with Politecnico di Milano and Istituto Europeo Design.

Stefano Anfossi

Architect, Designer, Founder

She co-founded PACO in 2013, and since then has been working to build and disseminate the name and the projects of PACO. Her interest in design for social innovation and design for education started before founding PACO and it has grown over the years. She is managing and collaborating on the majority of projects, in all innovation areas. If you have any questions about PACO, she is the person to get in touch with.

Silvia Remotti

Co-founder, Designer and Researcher

He started his career as an architect, promoting a holistic approach, which disregards the boundaries between design fields and fosters the necessity of cutting edge research in the technological, social and behavioural spheres. As a behavioural researcher and a strategic thinker he founded PACO to face the challenges of a planet-centric change from the point of view of Design. He teaches Product-Service System Design, Strategic Design and Design Thinking for Sustainability in Politecnico di Milano and a few other European Universities.

Fabrizio Pierandrei

Founder, Behavioural Designer and Architect

Valentina co-founded PACO in 2013, and currently works as lecturer in Design Thinking at the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of Bristol, UK. Since starting PACO she has been disseminating a culture of collaboration, participation and play through different initiatives and projects: from design jams and workshops to summer schools on the island of Madeira, Portugal and Leeds, UK. She believes in the power of local communities and young people to tackle today’s global challenges related to sustainable development.

Valentina Vezzani


Adrian co-founded PACO in 2013, since then has been collaborating on projects and also promoting PACO activities in Spain. Adrian is also professor of Industrial Design and Service Design at the University of Navarra, and founder of the industrial design consultancy ‘bigD Design that Matters’. Deeply believing in the power of design to drive positive change at any level, from products and services to process and strategy.

Adrian Larripa Artieda


Carolina has years of experience managing projects for the creation and improvement of value propositions, bringing her key expertise to creative facilitation. She enjoys planning projects, is passionate about research, and the application of design methodologies to shape concepts, interactions, and strategies, always with a people-centred approach. At PACO, she is collaborating in AMASS and Design Futures, seeking to make sense and discover the full potential of each opportunity.

Carolina Gutiérrez Novoa

Strategy Designer and Design Researcher

In his professional experience the focus has always been solving problems for people whether in companies, institutions or communities. With a background as a software engineer and studies in anthropology he can span from technology related aspects to more subtle human relations. As a service designer with a predilection for social innovation projects he keeps an holistic approach, searching for the optimal combination of client goals, internal resource efficiency and wellbeing, and finally the satisfaction of the end user.

Nicola De Franceschi

Service Designer and Researcher

She uses design methodologies to untangle complex problems, focusing on people’s needs and challenging assumptions to define new possible futures. She firmly believes that design can help societies become more resilient and our ways of living more sustainable. She is passionate about applying design methods in educational contexts, and she is particularly involved in the activities of The Design School for Children. She is also an illustrator and loves using images to help people gain new perspectives.

Elena Marengoni

Service Designer and Design Researcher

Francesco co-founded PACO in 2013, and since then has mainly been involved in the Design School for Children projects, where he focuses on developing and running learning experiences for kids, using Design Thinking as a powerful pedagogical approach to enable creativity, imagination and a sense of the possible. Besides being a proud Pacoer, Francesco today is head of Open Innovation Unit at Almacube (Incubator and innovation hub of University of Bologna and Confindustria Emilia).

Francesco D’Onghia


In the last 8 years I’ve been generating value for people and organizations through strategic design, user experience design, advertising, and communication. I’m interested in helping businesses grow by transforming their vision and offering in order to meet the newly established set of social values and ultimately create win win situations.

Giorgio Campo


Giulia joined PACO in 2020, curating the graphic and communication framework in many of the recent PACO projects. Graduated in Product and Communication Design, her work has a systemic and adaptive approach, with a particular interest in the relationship between scenario analysis and innovation. Giulia passionately integrates design projects with a peculiar communication strategy and loves to find their proper graphical register.

Giulia Tuninetti

Graphic Designer and Design Researcher

Stefano joined PACO in 2020, contributing as researcher and designer to ADI JLab project and SEDUS Insights. His practice is particularly focused on spatial storytelling in disparate forms and media, as architectural representation and theory, illustration, and comics. Graduated in Architectural Interiors at Politecnico di Milano, during his studies he particularly developed his research around the relationship between the design of public spaces, technology, and politics. He firmly believes in the central role of collective and speculative design to build the next world to come.

Stefano Togni

Designer and Design Researcher

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