Laura Gatti is an Italian-born agronomist from Milan, with her own firm Studio Laura Gatti landscape consultants which she established in 1992.
After graduating in Agricultural Science from the University of Milan, she took her Post-Graduate Diploma in Parks and Gardens at the University of Turin with honorable mention. From early on, her career has focused on tree care through research, arboricultural implication studies, tree maintenance, development of alternative strategies, and the restoration of public and private historic parks such as the renowned Giardino Ducale in Parma (ca 1770), the Cavalieri di Vittorio Veneto Park – Winter Olympic Games Turin 2006, and Pisa’s Giuliano da Sangallo fortress (ca 1515).
Based in Milan, her practice has worked across Italy and the Mediterranean as well as in different European countries, the Middle East and China. Her background in horticulture, landscape, engineering and urban life science gives a wide perspective. Focusing on tree planting and care, she also advises cities and developers on innovations in mixed-use design, urban regeneration, urban soil conservation, vertical greening, urban farming and environmentally sustainable green building principles. For many years now, her interest has been urban greening technology, especially integrating trees and maximizing green roof benefits, with special reference to the enhancement of biodiversity. Laura Gatti is co-designer of the multi-awarded Bosco Verticale by Stefano Boeri and is leading the follow-up phase.
Laura Gatti has worked with major international design firms on a wide variety of city centre sites, prioritizing cycle networks and pedestrian access, as well as historical parks, and archeological sites.
Laura Gatti is currently working on the restoration of a 440 hectare park close to Milan.
Since 2005, Laura Gatti has been Assistant Professor of the Department of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at the University of Milan.
Founder and Past President of the Italian Society of Arboriculture, she also served on the Board of Directors of the International Society of Arboriculture, the largest world association promoting the professional practice of arboriculture fostering a greater worldwide awareness of the benefits of trees. She was awarded Professional of the Year 2008 by the Targa Fabio Rizzi, granted by the Fair of Padua , Flormart-Miflor and trade editors.
Laura Gatti has traveled back to her home many times to speak about and work on aspects of city greening, helping the city to rethink and rebuild itself.