Historic Architects
> Franz Di Salvo

Franz Di Salvo was born in Palermo in 1913. His parents are Giacomo Di Salvo and Maria Scholz, a German native from Wroclaw. He spent his childhood in the Sicilian capital and then moved
with his family to Venice, Genoa and finally Naples. In 1939 he graduated successfully from the Faculty of Architecture ‘Federico II’ in Naples. In 1940 he obtained his professional license and
opened the office together with his architect friend Giantristano Papale and the engineer Luciano Abenante. In the 1945-46’s he won the IACP competitions for social housing in the two neighbouhoods of Naples Barra (Rione Cavour) and Poggioreale (Rione Battisti in Via Stadera). He built the housing project at the Rione Mazzini at Calata di Capodichino. In 1951 he started his own entrepreneurial activity
in the construction industry. He founded the company I.Co. (Impresa di Costruzioni) through wich he will be engaged for several years in the Calabria and Basilicata regions, and also abroad.
In 1960 he moved his office to Via S. Luisa di Marillac, starting a new phase of professional activity that sees him involved in the most significant works: Vele di Scampia in Naples (1962-75), Politecnico di Bari (1963-71), building at Via Orazio in Naples (1968) and in many other designs never built but always defined by a strong architectural experimentation (development of Wroclaw 1968, Città Nolana 1969-70). During the elaboration of the Business Centre in Florence, he moved to Paris for a delicate surgical operation, where he died in June 1977.