Mario Botta (1 April 1943-) is a Swiss architect. He studied at the Liceo Artistico in Milan and the IUAV in Venice. His ideas were influenced by Le Corbusier, Carlo Scarpa, Louis Kahn. He opened his own practice in 1970 in Lugano. His trademark style can be seen widely in Switzerland particularly the Ticino region. On January 1, 2006 he received the Grand Officer award from President of the Italian Republic Carlo Azeglio Ciampi.