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Skilled and experienced architectural and urban designer, with a particular interest in sustainable cities development and environmental-friendly architecture in complex backgrounds. He graduated with a Master’s Degree (full marks and honor) in Roma Tre University after completing his one-year experience in Hafen City Universitaet (Hamburg, Germany). His master thesis exposes several solutions and sustainable techniques for the regeneration of post-socialist cities and pre-fabricated panel buildings in Bulgaria. On the same topic he has been a speaker at the RRRC 2016 Conference in Bucharest. He has worked in several studios such as Baca (London), Pras (Rome), Auboeck & Kàràsz (Vienna) and AGA+M (Roma) that he has co-founded with his father. His experience comprehends high profile projects, residential and urban schemes, landscaping and sustainable designs in UK, Qatar, Kenya, Italy and Austria.



Feb 2017 - Feb 2018

ARCHITECTURAL ASSISTANT PART II Baca Architects | London, United Kingdom Architectural design up to RIBA Stage 4 including concept development, planning application drawings and reports, tendering, CAD drawing, 3D modeling,graphic design, liaising with clients and suppliers.

Sep 2014 - Oct 2016

CO-FOUNDER AGA+M | Rome, Italy Project Manager for several schemes and competitions in Italy, Germany Qatar, Kenya and Swaziland. The range of projects variates from innovative housing developments to urban design and government projects.

Oct 2014 - Mar 2015

ARCHITECT (EQUIVALENT PART II) PRAS Tecnica Edilizia | Rome, Italy Architectural, landscape and interior design, concept ideas developing tendering, CAD drawing, 3D Modeling, graphic design.

Apr 2014 - Jul 2014

ARCHITECTURAL INTERN (EQUIVALENT PART I) Auboeck & Kàràsz | Vienna, Austria Landscape design, concept ideas development, CAD Drawing, 3D modeling, graphic design, research, hand sketching.

Aug 2013 - Mar 2014

ARCHITECTURAL ASSISTANT (EQUIVALENT PART I) Various practices | Rome, Italy Architecture and urban design, tendering, CAD Drawing, 3D modeling, graphic design.

SOFTWARES Autodesk AutoCad Rhinoceros Sketchup V-Ray Revit Adobe Photoshop Adobe Indesign Adobe Illustrator Autodesk FlowDesign Ecotect\Velux Vectorworks SAP2000 Microsoft Office Wordpress


LANGUAGES Native Fluent Intermediate


FORM FINDING WORKSHOP Roma Tre + Princeton University | Rome, Italy Design of tensile structures, 3D Modeling of double curved surfaces

Oct 2012 - Feb 2013

HOTEL WILHEMSBURG INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP HafenCity Universitaet | Hamburg, Germany Design and construction of of accomodation units and extensions for the Wilhemsburg Kulturzentrum

Jan 2009 - Jul 2009

MILLE E UNA VELA REGATTA WORKSHOP Università degli Studi Roma Tre | Rome, Italy Design and construction of a 3.5 mt sailing race boat. Placed 5th/25

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SUSTAINABLE RETROFIT FOR FORMER SOCIALIST NEIGHBORHOODS Risk Reduction for Resilient Cities - International Conference 2016 | Bucharest ISBN 978-606-638-154-3 (RRRC 2016: Abstracts)



Sep 2013 - Jul 2016

MASTER DEGREE IN ARCHITECTURE Università degli Studi Roma Tre | Rome, Italy

Sep 2012 - Aug 2013

LPP ERASMUS IN HAMBURG HafenCity Universitaet | Hamburg, Germany

Sep 2008 - Jul 2012

BACHELOR DEGREE IN ARCHITECTURE Università degli Studi Roma Tre | Rome, Italy


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HOUSE K Baca Architects 2017_Chalgrove, UK

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SHIPSTON ROAD Baca Architects



TYRAM LAKES HOTEL Baca Architects 2018_Doncaster, UK


DOVER MEMORIAL Baca Architects 2017_Dover, UK


SOCIALISM 2.0 Research Project 2015_Sofia/Lovech, Bulgaria


PROFESSIONAL PROJECTS SHIPSTON ROAD | BACA ARCHITECTS The proposal provides eleven new houses and five separate garages with a flat above in Stratford-upon-Avon. The site is within a mixture of flood zone2 and 3 and border the conservation area. The project propose innovative flood risk mitigation strategies. Design Team Member, Feasibility & Costs Report, Planning Drawings Production, Landscape & Lighting Design, 3D Modelling for Tendering.

DOVER FLATS | BACA ARCHITECTS The proposals present a new development that delivers twenty high-quality flats in an excellent location in the city of Dover, Kent. Flats Design, Planning Drawings Production, Public Consultations, Liasing with Consultants, CAD Drawing, 3D Modelling & Rendering.

DOVER COMMONWEALTH WAR MEMORIAL | BACA ARCHITECTS + CRAFT:PEGG + WSP Project for a 1.7 million names memorial in Dover. The new Memorial will be located in the natural bowl of the former Grand Shaft georgian barracks on the Western Heights. Design Team Member, Planning Drawing & Rendering Production, 3D Modelling

KNOWLES HOUSE | BACA ARCHITECTS Project for a 6 bedroom bespoke replacement dwelling. The proposed villa is located in the Chiltern Area of Outstanding Beauty. Design Team Member, CAD Drawing, 3D Modelling, Rendering Production.

TYRAM LAKES HOTEL| BACA ARCHITECTS Project for a 104 bedrooms high end Hotel + Spa + Destination Restaurant + Conference Centre in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. The project feautures the use of prefabrecated technology and innovative eco-strategies. Feasibility Studies, Concept & Architecture Design, Landscape Design, Liasing with Client, 3D Modelling, CAD Drawing, Rendering Production

HOUSE K | BACA ARCHITECTS Project for a high quality detached dwelling in Chalgrove, Oxford. The property reside in Flood Zone 3, Green Belt and Lower Sunbury Conservation Area. Architecture, Interior and Landscape Design, DAS & Planning Drawing Production, Rendering Production, Liasing with Client, Consultants and Planners.

THE SPORTSBERG | BACA ARCHITECTS Competition project for the realization of a floating sport in center in London. The proposed design includes restaurant, tennis court, climbing center, gym and sauna. Concept design, 2D drawing, 3D modelling, rendering, post-processing.

HOUSE IN MEVAGISSEY | BACA ARCHITECTS Project for a bespoke villa in Mevagissey, Cornwall. The villa is located in the Area of Outstanding Beauty and borders with the local Conservation Area. Design Team Member, CAD Drawing, 3D Modelling.

QATAR EMBASSY IN SWAZILAND | PRAS s.r.l. + AGA+M Proposal for a building complex hosting the Qatar Embassy, the Consulate and the Ambassador residence in Mbabane, Swaziland. Design team leader, CAD Drawing, 3D Modelling, Rendering Production

KATARA HILLS | PRAS s.r.l. + AGA+M Project for a cultural precint in the city of Doha, consisting in the redevelopment of the area through the creation of energetically self sustaining light structure pavilions. Design team leader, CAD Drawing, 3D Modelling, Rendering Production

BANDITELLA MASTERPLAN | PRAS s.r.l. + AGA+M Masterplan of a residential complex including 21 inline duplex villas and 4 flatblocks. in Castiglione del Lago, Italy. The masterplan proposes urban and environmental regeneration strategies for a brownfield site within the regional planning policy. Project Manager, Concept, Environmental and Urban Design.

HAMBURG HYBRID HOUSE | AGA+M Competition for the creation of a 100+ apartments flatblock on the iconic Reeperbahn in Hamburg. The project features innovative sharing techniques and proposes the “evolution flat” that changes with the users. Project Manager, CAD Drawing, 3D Modelling, Rendering Production

“DEEPSEA SLUM” ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN NAIROBI | AGA+M Realization of a new school building using low cost technologies in the Deepsea Slum in Nairobi, Kenya. In collaboration with AFRICASI ONLUS and local carpenters. Design team leader, CAD drawing, Tendering.

REFURBISHMENT OF “URBE NUOTO 90” OFFICES | AGA+M Creation of new offices in a 1930’s building in the center of Rome. Project Manager, Concept and Architectural Design, Rendering Production, Tendering

CIVIL AND SERVICES RETROFIT OF AN OFFICE BUILDING IN ROMA | PRAS s.r.l. Part of the design team for the retrofit of SIDIEF (Bank of Italy) offices in Rome (Italy). Architectural design, CAD drawing, Tendering.

REFURBISHMENT OF AN OFFICE BUILDING IN ROMA | PRAS s.r.l. Part of the design team for the refurbishment of Marsh Insurance and Brokers’ offices in Rome (Italy). Architectural design, CAD drawing, Tendering.

CARMINWEG OUTDOOR SPACES REVITALIZATION IN VIENNA | AUBOECK & KARASZ Revitalization of a disused outdoor space of Carminweg Social Housing in Vienna, Austria. Survey, landscape design, terraced orchard detailing, relation with social housing dwellers.

“NONNTAL” NURSING HOME COMPETITION IN SALZBURG | AUBOECK & KARASZ Landscape design for the new extension of the Nonntal Nursing Home. With Gasparin & Meier Arkitekten. Concept ideas developement, CAD drawing, graphic design.

RESEARCH PROJECTS SOCIALISM 2.0 | Master Thesis - Università degli Studi Roma Tre Strategies for the revitalization of former socialist neighbourhoods and prefabricated concrete flatblocks.

TROPICAL ECO RESORT | Hafencity Universitaet Learning from nature. Project for two off-grid, low impact & sustenaible eco-resorts in Zanzibar and in Dominican Republic using vernacular materials and techniques.

EC.HO.RO | Università degli Studi Roma Tre Design of a energy self-sufficient luxury hotel in rome. The design propose sustainable construction and ventilation techniques and state of the art energy efficiency strategies.

EUROPAN 2012 URREXTU | Hafencity Universitaet Regeneration project for a heavy polluted former industrial area outside Urrextu, Spain. The design proposes avant-garde prefabrication methods for smart cities development.



HOUSE K Baca Architects 2017_Chalgrove, Oxfordshire, UK

Status: RIBA Stage 3 Role:

Architecture, Interior and Landscape Design, DAS & Planning Drawing Production, Rendering Production, Liasing with Client, Consultants and Planners

Team: A. Scrace

The proposal is for the construction of a new high-quality detached family dwelling at the site on Mill Lane, Chalgrove. The proposed design aims to form a contemporary and distinctive dwelling that is also sensitively designed to suit its local context. The family home will be low-energy by design and provide double height open-plan living spaces that open up to the rear west-facing garden. The design is for a two-story detached house consisting of three pitched roof forms that create a compact yet delightful home with a variety of internal spaces. The proposed building addresses Mill Lane with gable end roofs that are in keeping with the buildings opposite and to the north of the site. Great importance has been given to the context relationship with the house. While the eastern facade will have a more discrete layout that echoes tradi-

tional Oxfordshire buildings, the rear of the proposed design will have modern windows that will fill the living spaces with light during the whole day. The western end of the pitched roofs will gradually dematerialize in a solar shaded porch, creating an extension of the ground floor living spaces in summer. The proposed dwelling itself falls entirely within Flood Zone 1 for fluvial flooding, and is similarly deemed to have a ‘very low’ risk of surface water flooding. However the plot side that borders Mill Lane falls within Flood Zone 2 and 3, impeding escape in a flood situation. Landscape has been designed to reduce the risk of flooding penetrating into the plot and increasing ground drainage. Moreover, along the northern boundary a drive-over grass roadway is provided to allow emergency vehicular escape in a flood situation.

LEFT: The site extension (in red). DOWN: The ground floor plan is characterized by open plan living spaces that interact directly with the western garden. A double height with crispy architectural glass windows will bring in light and air without affecting privacy. The first floor hosts the bedrooms arranged around the void on the living spaces. The eastern facade echoes the traditional building on Mill Lane. Three pitched roof forms face the highway with the set-back central form clad in larch timber cladding marking the entrance and the two outer brickwork forms with a feature header course.


UP: Different landscaping strategies: substraction, infinite lines and english landscape garden. RIGHT: The rear porch create in summer an extra room that mediates between the living spaces and the garden.


LEFT: The living spaces with the kitchen on the background. Those spaces are characterized by clean interlocking geometries, underline by different colours and materials. DOWN: The cross section through the staircase and the central porch.

RIGHT: Modern tall windows allow the light to come in, creating interesting shadow plays around the day.


HOUSE IN MEVAGISSEY Baca Architects 2017_Mevagissey, Cornwall, UK

Status: RIBA Stage 3 Role: Team:

Design Team Member CAD Drawing, 3D Modelling, R. Coutts, R. Pattison, M. Chokova

The property is situated in Mevagissey, an attractive and historic fisherman’s village on the south-east coast of Cornwall. The plot is located on a promontory that is overlooking the historical town centre, and harbour. It is within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and just outside of the border of the Conservation Area of the medieval harbour. The house design has evolved from a number of reference points to reinterpretation of an Art Deco/modernist architecture, popular along the Cornish coast, The house is a flowing form in plan. The wall spring point starts at the northwest corner of the site next to Battery Terrace and begins in a low-key fashion by following the gridded plan of neighbouring buildings to trace the edges of the garage, then the outline of the bedroom accommodation. Three dimensionally this creates a massing in keeping with the streetscape before the plan unwinds up to create a flourish at the corner com-

posing key views out over the harbour from this headland location. After the wall traces the orthogonal pattern or the garage and bedroom elements the plan loosens to create a welcoming entrance containing a curved feature staircase. The staircase follows the desire lines of the plan, threading through a double height space and connecting to a glass bridge that divides private and public living spaces. The staircase creates a slingshot affect that is accentuated by the unraveling plan towards a series on composed views firstly towards the habour, then towards the sun terrace and views of the sea beyond. The building is also stepped in section to introduce both variety of daylight across the plan that in turn creates protected areas from the wind. The resultant design is a plan that creates both harmony between its internal planning and siting; and where the seaward vista has created a confident form on this headland.

LEFT: The house is located at the end of BAttery Terrace with an amazing view of the medieval harbour and the coastline DOWN: The design concept gets inspiration by the waves flows.


RIGHT: North Elevation. The house is cladded with natural cornish stone, blending with the traditional Mevagissey terraces.

LEFT: Longitudinal section that highlights the separation between private and living spaces.


UP: Artist’s impression of the house during night hours. Due to the sensible position, the team had to study the effect of the design on the townscape at night. RIGHT: Landscape and ventilation design that exploit and protect from the characteristic wind coming from the sea.


KNOWLES HOUSE Baca Architects 2017_Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, UK

Status: RIBA Stage 2 Role: Design Team Member CAD Drawing, 3D Modelling, Rendering Production Team: R. Coutts, M. Chokova

The area is characterised by large cottage houses set in spacious well wooded plots, extremely well screened from public view. Most of the houses feature other facilities such as tennis courts or detached pools. The house is built halfway into the cliff with two storeys under the ground and two storeys over the hill. The top floor resembles a typical pitched roof cottage. On the site there are also a covered detached swimming pool to the west, two greenhouses, a garage and a tennis court to the north. The back garden features a unique terraced hill to the south and a more traditional manicured garden to the north that is a buffer to a vegetable garden. Half of the plot is in a critical drainage area, due to the morphological characteristic of the site. Moreover the site falls within the Chil-

terns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The team proposed three differnet designs: a complete refurbishment of the existing house with the addition of external volumes and two option for a six bedrooms replacement dwelling. All options aim to create a delightful, upgraded home for the client with high quality interiors that are underpinned by environmental sustainability. The foremost architectural aspiration is to create a strong connection between the interior and exterior spaces, as well as provide generous living spaces with views to the beautiful and unique garden. The refurbishment option is obviously keeping the same footprint and mass of the original house. The first option explore a more compact and vertical layout while the second presents a lower silhouette and a more extended footprint.

RIGHT: The site extension (in red).











SHIPSTON ROAD Baca Architects 2016-2018_Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, UK

Status: RIBA Stage 4 Role:

Design Team Member, Feasibility & Costs Report, Planning Drawings Production, Landscape & Lighting Design, 3D Modelling for Tendering


J. Gibson, A. Scrace, P. Ferreira, N. Seida-Murray, J. Zbiciak

The proposal provides eleven new houses, five separate garages with a flat above, and a shared bin store, all planned within a shared communal garden and amenity space. The site of the intervention is in Stratford-upon-Avon to the south-east of the center on the east side of the river Avon. An existing block of flats arranged in an H shape sits on the site with a 3-storey element behind. Beyond the garages is a green plateau that is bounded by the grass verge of the popular elevated tramway footpath and defines the eastern boundary of the site. The most eastern portion of the site is within the conservation area. The proposed design brings an innovative approach to flood risk management and resiliency. The site is within a mixture of flood zone 2 and 3 therefore it has an high risk of being inundated during flooding events. Besides the opportunity of looking at community wide flood risk mitigation,

the design team proposes several innovative strategies to reduce the flood risk and provide additional flood storage to the area. The aim of the design is to create high quality dwellings with an inferior mass volume on site than the existing buildings. In order to maximize the site flood storage capacity and the permeable surfaces percentage., The proposed design is a combination of various techniques developed by Baca through the years. The twelve houses are elevated by stilts over the flood levels. All accesses and ground level terraces are designed to allow the water to flow freely across the site. The landscape is designed to store the excessive water, creating luxurious ponds. Native flood resilient species and betterment of the natural topography will create a stunning landscape that will variate while the water will be absorbed naturally by the soil.

RIGHT: The site extension (in red) DOWN: The site is partially on flood zone 2 and 3. It was crucial to gain planning permission to respect the same massing of the extisting in order to not endanger sourrounding areas



LEFT: Volumetric study on the storage volume on predicted flood events. The house structure is elevated to allow the water to flow freely all over the site. RIGHT: Cladding systems detail for the louvering under the houses. An italian system of removable clay louvres will be used to cover the gap between the house and the ground. DOWN & LEFT: Elevated driveway and landscaping scheme.




DOVER FLATS Baca Architects 2018_Dover, Kent, UK

Status: RIBA Stage 3 Role:

Flats Design, Planning Drawings Production, Public Consultations, Liasing with Consultants, CAD Drawing, 3D Modelling & Rendering

Team: R. Coutts, J. Gibson, P. I. Kirsten-Beetham, R. Pattison, G. Holland

The proposals present a new development that delivers twenty high-quality flats in an excellent location in the city of Dover, Kent. The site is located towards the north eastern end of North Military Road. It has a central position in the city, nearby Priory Station, and it’s charaterized by a stunning view of Dover Castle. The site is outside of, yet adjacent to, the Conservation Area of the Western Heights. The boundary of the Scheduled Ancient Monument of the Western Heights is slightly further away yet still nearby. The proximity to a such important part of Dover hisory affected the design that mimic the brick fortifications of the Drop Redoubt complex. The proposal offers a design approach to address the client’s requirement for delivering the number of flats and parking spaces, whilst adhering to policy and local context. The internal layouts provide a range of dif-

ferent flat typologies ranging from one to four bedrooms, addressing the local market request. The massing and form of the building has been designed to sit comfortably within the site and respond sensitively to the topographical and historic context of the local area and adjacent Western Heights. Working with Planning and the local community the design team has developed a series of solutions that integrate the building into the hillside through the use of planters, hanging vegetation and trellis screens. The relationship of the building with the adjacent hill has been taken in consideration during the design process in order to maximize the light penegtration into the flats facing south. Great importance has been given to the amenities of each flat. Each unit in fact, has a terrace or a garden with a wonderful view of the Caste, the Priory or the Western Heights nature.

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TYRAM LAKES HOTEL Baca Architects 2017-2018_Bawtry, South Yorkshire, UK

Status: RIBA Stage 3 Role:

Feasibility Studies, Concept & Architecture Design, Landscape Design, Liasing with Client, 3D Modelling, CAD Drawing, Rendering Production

Team: R. Coutts, A. Scrace, C. Cazorla, T. Fenn, D. Marcos

Set in an area well known locally for resonating with tranquillity, charm and picturesque qualities, the Tyram Lakes Hotel, Spa & Resort will be situated on a vast area of approximately 65 acres of lakes as well as adjacent to approximately 100 acres of natural woodlands. The hotel will include a cutting edge luxury spa with pool, sauna, steam room, gym & treatments. The aim of the design is to create World class hotel that creates an environment for the guests where they can feel again the forgotten qualities of nature. The design focus is to create different and varied experiences that will accompany the guest during their stay in the hotel and spa. The building flows along the site, playing with the lakes shores curvature and creating several outdoor common areas. The shape maximizes the southern facade solar gain and allows a great view of the site avoiding any kind of over-

looking. A second branch emerges from the atrium to create a water courtyard around the lake. All the building volumes are unified by a prefabricated roof that varies parametrically and flows into the atrium. The facade will prevent the building from summer overheating and thanks to its innovative design it will create a series of water features during the rainy days. The wedding/conference area is located on Lake 1 as an extention of the main building. It has independent parking and entrance. The central atrium will serve the Hotel, the Spa and the Restaurant. On the middle level of the atrium will be located the coworking spaces with private meeting rooms . On the top level there will be a bar-lounge event space that will flow into a covered terrace, projecting the guests into the nature. The Spa and the Restaurant are oriented to achieve both privacy and spectacular view of Lakes 2 & 3.

LEFT: The site extension (in red). The site is part of the Tyram Lakes park in Bawtry, former quarry now transformed in a natural paradise.

RIGHT: View of Lake 3. DOWN: View of the center lake-yard. The central natural swimming pool will represent the heart of the resort representing the fulcrum of all the hotel amenities and activities.


LEFT: The design principles of the hotel plan. The hotel mass will flow through the site playing with the lake shores and creating a series of outdoor unique spaces. DOWN: Thanks to its unique facade skin the hotel silhouette will blend with the natural context.


RIGHT: The hotel area schedule and functionality study.


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LEFT: Funcyional plans of first and second floor DOWN: Section of the western wing of the hotel with the atrium volums on the background.


UP: Cutout section and schemes of the environmental solution adopted in the design RIGHT: Sketches of the landscaped parking, with water rills and swales that will guide guests to the hotel entrance.


LEFT: The Atrium with the lake-yard on the background. The volumes will hosts meeting and small conference conference rooms. DOWN: Design development of the Atrium and the volumes.

RIGHT: The hotel will offer two types of room: the Egg Room that focus on comfort and privacy and the Zen Room that project the experience on the lakes. UP: Design development of the rooms.


DOVER COMMONWEALTH WAR MEMORIAL Baca Architects - Craft:Pegg - WSP 2016-2018_Dover, Kent, UK

Status: RIBA Stage 3 Role: Design Team Member Planning Drawing & Rendering Production, 3D Modelling Team: R. Coutts, J. Gibson, R. Pattison, G. Holland, WSP, Craft:Pegg

“The project is to build a monument to commemorate the British and Commonwealth losses of the two world wars at a site on the iconic White Cliffs at Dover, which will include the names of all of the 1.7 million people who died during the conflicts. The proposed location for the Commonwealth Memorial is on the top of the White Cliffs of Dover, in the natural bowl in which the Grand Shaft was built to service the now demolished Georgian barrack blocks of the Western Heights fortifications. The White Cliffs were the front line of World War Two and a universal symbol of hope. For those serving on the Western Front the cliffs were their last view of England, and for those returning a promise of home. ...As well as commemorating the fallen, the monument will also provide a much needed focus to regenerate and restore a former mil-

itary site. There is a wealth of heritage assets in and around Dover which reflect its strategic location as the closest town to mainland Europe. The Commonwealth War Memorial will complement these and the increased visitor numbers will help provide these priceless assets with a sustainable future and preserve some of the heritage skills which are in decline..� (Colin Cook, Dover District Council). The proposed monument is a sensible arrangments of twelve granite walls that follow the topography and highlight the former historical barracks on the cliff. On each wall, facing the sun and the sea, will be inscribed the names of casualties recorded by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The scheme includes interpretation, education and refreshment facilities housed in a dedicated visitors centre.

LEFT: The site extension (in red) with the Grand Shaft and the footprint of the former georgian barracks . DOWN: The Visitor Centre viewing platform and the design sketches.


LEFT & Down: The Dover Commonwealth War Memorial plan and its section through the Grand Shaft DOWN: The area around the Grand Shaft is designed to be a parade ground for special commemoration.


UP: The Memorial areal view. In this iteration the Visitor Centre is completely underground LEFT: One of the terraces.

DOWN: Detailed section of one terrace.


KATARA HILLS PRAS s.r.l. - AGA+M 2015_Doha, Qatar

Status: RIBA Stage 2 Equivalent Role: Design Team Member CAD Drawing, 3D Modelling, Rendering Production Team: C. Biavati, A. Severi, A. Angeletti

This innovative design proposal aims to transform the 58-hectare hills portion of Doha known as KATARA, in the cultural precinct that will lead Qatar in the next generation; a place that responds to and captures Katara’s distinctive identity, creating simultaneously a cultural hub, a tridimensional encyclopedia of humanity achievments, traditions and forthcoming progresses. KATARA is positioned along the waterfront and located at West Bay Area on the East coast of Doha. It is a unique attraction with a strategic position, that depicts the traditional Qatari culture. The site presents multiple design challenges: complex topography, frequent sandstorms, constant day overheating and water shortage are only some of the complex variables that have been considered while designing the innovative and environmental friendly solutions that characterize the proposal.

The design consist in the redevelopment of the area through the creation of light structure pavilions, energetically self-sustaining, connected by a multi level transportation network, cooled by water vaporized systems. The central pavilions will be dedicated to the major human achievement and will be designed to host the latest multimedia technologies as 3D projections and holograms. The “white pavilions” instead will display permanent and temporary exhibition from each World Country, featuring local biomes and natural species. The pavilions are designed to respond to local environment challenges: innovative green solutions range from variable shading systems to adjustable ventilation openings, water collection/ filtering/re-use cycles and use of renewable energy sources.

LEFT: The site extension (in red). The site consist in a 58 hectars area, located on the waterfront west of La Plage Development.

RIGHT: The Central Pavillions dedicated to the Major Arts and Sciences DOWN: Three “White Pavillions�, each one dedicated to a World Country. They will display its history, art, culture and typical biome.




2015_Casteglione del Lago (PG), Italy

Status: Planning Consent Granted Role: Project Manager Team: A. Angeletti, M. Chokova

The Banditella Masterplan illustrates the perfect combination between private developing, urban planning and environmental regeneration of polluted land. The proposed masterplan is located in the adjacent area of the marvelous medieval town of Castiglione del Lago. The site lies between the former ultralight aircraft airfield and an agricultural area both converted into parks. On the West it borders with the elevated regional railway that causes ground and water pollution due to the rainwater that washes metals and diesel residues into the ground. The site presented an already approved masterplan with an extremely inefficient layout. The approved planning application in fact, wasn’t addressing the environmental issues, nor exploiting the full potential of the area. Moreover it wasn’t contributing in any way to

the overall urban strategy, resulting a superfluous appendix to the growing town of Castiglione del Lago. Working alongside with the planning department and the developer, the design team created a set of solutions that granted the planning consent for a bigger intervention than the original application. While solving the environmental issues and reconnecting the site to the general town masterplan, the new layout cuts down costs and realization time for urbanizations and infrastructures. The masterplan proposed by AGA+M employs several sustainable strategies in order to regenerate the polluted areas and create a suggestive neighborhood, connected to the astonishing nature that surrounds Castiglione del Lago.

LEFT: The site extension (in red). The site is located west of the historical centre and the lake. It border with the “Agricultural Park� on the east and the Airfield Park North, a former ultralight aircraft airstrip converted into a wildlife reserve. On the West it border with the regional railway and the industrial area.



UP: Solar analysis and border conditions of the intervention. Buildings maximum envelopes are oriented to maximize the solar gain during winter and avoid late afternoon overheating in summer. RIGHT: Wind analysis and environmental issues that consists in noise and metals pollution from the railway and variable wind exposition. Landscaping strategies are designed to allow the penetration of summer breeze coming from the lake and the deflection of winter cold winds.



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UP: Sustainable strategies and plantation schemes. The strategies are including wind and sound barriers, permeable paving for footpaths and streets, waste waters and polluted ground treatment carried out by means of swales, ponds, constructed wetlands with phytoremediating species and soak-aways. LEFT: The proposed intervention green spaces. The designed green areas are not just filling the empty spaces but are used in a proactive way in order to address the ecological issues of the site. Swales and ponds with phytoremediating species are filtering the polluted water coming down the railway. Evergreen aspens are creating a visual buffer and a noise barrier between the dwellings and the railway. Cypresses deflects and slow the winter cold winds while allowing the summer breeze to penetrate the site, allowing at the same time the view of the adjacent park. A protected footpath through the site connects all playgrounds and activities.


RIGHT: The infrastructure scheme mimics the liquids distribution in organic tissues, increasing efficiency and decreasing costs and time. Moreover, the proposed scheme will allow the connection of the main access street of Castiglione del Lago, closing the ring that surrounds the medieval city Centre. Two public parking lots placed in strategic locations, alleviate the pressure on public street due to the parks nearby. Public and private streets or pedestrian paths are layered and co-exist without intersecting, maximizing security and functionality.

UP & RIGHT: Some street sections from the proposed intervention that underline the layering of the communication system. Different speed paths and streets are layered with landscaping strategies that protect the most vulnerable user.



PRAS s.r.l. - AGA+M

2015_Mbabane, Swaziland

Status: RIBA Stage 2 Equivalent Role: Design Team Member CAD Drawing, 3D Modelling, Rendering Production Team: A. Severi, M. Fantozzi, A. Angeletti, M. Castelli

The design proposes a building complex that will host the Qatar Embassy, the Consulate and the Ambassador residence in Mbabane, Swaziland. The site of the proposal has been donated by the Swaziland Governemnt to Qatar and is located outside of the city of Mbabane. It is characterized by complicated topography that slopes down in two directions. Being unsuitable to conventional architecture schemes, the design team was forced to adopt “outside the box� thinking in order to create a functional building that respected the strict security protocols, presented an appealing aesthetic and provided innovative environmentally friendly solutions. The complex consists of two buildings accessible from the top level (the Embassy and the Ambassador residence), that are lying on the artificial

landscaped platform formed by the underground Consulate. The design presents numerous innovative sustainable systems such as a double facade of adjustable panels, verncular systems for the internal ventilations and landscaping strategies. The design aim to use precisely those innovations to express the meeting point between Qatari and Swaziland cultures. While shaping the sustainable systems and the overall architecture using a reinterpretation of traditional Qatari patterns and geometries, the landscape is created using all the typical species that belongs to the various Swaziland biomes. The design results in a sensible blend between two worlds, a message of peace and unity.

UP: First floor and site map. The complicated site is located in a sloping lot outside Mbabane City. The proposed design consists in two separate buildings (the Embassy and the Ambassador residence) that rise from the underground Consulate facilities. LEFT: The Ambassador residence, a modern reinterpretation of Qatari traditional architecture. Musharabias and traditional elements, such as the wooden roof beams or the Qatari arches and patterns, create intresting geometries and contrasts with the local sandstone used for cladding.

RIGHT: The Embassy building which features a double facade with adjustable shading panels. The panels and the structural system echoes the Qatari tradition.



UP: The Embassy building at night. LEFT: A section through the underground Consulate. Topography, sustenaibility and functionality played a key role in the design of the bulding.

DOWN: The Consulate entrance with the Ambassador residence on the background.



Master Thesis - UniversitĂ degli Studi Roma Tre 2016_Sofia-Lovech, Bulgaria

Status: Master Thesis Mentors: Prof. F. Cellini (Roma Tre) D. Andreychin (UACG Sofia)

Socialism 2.0 is a two years research project that is addressing the most urgent and demanding challenge that post-socialist countries will face in the next 50 years: the management of the existing architectural heritage and the proper, sustainable, integrated development of new urban tissues. Administrations, all over the Region, are divided by the actual need to deal with the potential crisis regarding the deteriorated former socialist architectural heritage and the requirement to control and address the high pressure of a large number of developers that are answering to the demand of new housing complex in the main cities. The actual crisis of the deteriorated heritage, although is strictly dependent from design errors and technological inadequacy of the materials, is mostly to attribute to the decline cycles that are affecting the buildings and the neighborhoods

nowadays. These decline cycles are originated and alimented by the loss of identity and the lack of social organization resulted by the Socialist Regime downfall. The consequent strong individualism is affecting the population and is summing up with the alienation arisen by the forced collectivization and the homologation of the individual that characterized all Regimes. Socialism 2.0 proposes an holistic approach to this urgent problem drafting guidelines for gathering funds, proposing new urban assets and suggesting new architectural and technical solution for the requalification of the former socialist neighborhoods. The aim of the project is, in fact, to heal the rift between the population and it’s architectural heritage, finding together a way to restart from a past that is still present although not fully accepted.













Hafencity Universitaet

2014_Pungume Island, Zanzibar - Spirit Forest, Dominican Republic

Status: Research Project Team: M. Chokova

This research project explores a wide range of sustainable architecture solutions and construction techniques in tropical climates. The first aim of the design is to find the lowest environmental impact strategies that can allow human comfort in unideal climates. In order to reduce our environmental footprint on locations with delicate equilibrium the projects uses local materials, vernacular strategies and nature-derived construction techniques, As case study the team chosed to different location, characterized by a peculiar set of issues and constrains. TOne of the resort lays on the beach of Pungume Island next to Zanzibar (dryhot tropical climate) and one is hidden in the forest of Spirit Mountain in Dominican Republic (wet and hot tropical climate). Each solution adopted in the design

of the two resorts is the synthetis of a careful location analysis, vernacular human experience and natural solution used by local flora and fauna. As a result both projects are presenting distinctive, unique sets of design approaches, answering to specific local issues. What the project would like to draft is a mental and logic process that humankind has lost with progress: in opposition to a modern consumistic approach that tends to bent nature to human will, the design team is rather trying to imitate and be part of that equilibrium, bending human will to nature. The results is surpisely beutifiul and original. Moreover the efficiency of the solutions is granted by generations of tryes and million of years of natural evolution.













HafenCity Universitaet 2013_Hamburg, Germany

Status: Competition Role: Team Leader Team: P. D’Argy, M. Gammarota, A. Duelo

Nowadays cities are facing brand new challenges that established urban planning theories are failing to handle. More and more often the traditional concept of city struggles when applied to modern, fast paced evolving human dwellings. Most of the times it happens due to the incapacity of institutions to have a cross-fields, modern approach to urban issues; noxious routines are repeated over and over, resulting in chronic city disease, such as uncontrolled sprawling, pollution, infrastructures inefficiency, lack of resilience and ghettoisation or gentrification of poor areas. This work tries to give sustainable and logic solutions to cities evolution and structuring. The proposal for the former industrial areas of Urrextu, will show how to use the discarded, unhealthy, peripheral city areas to heal the city and create a highly-editable, interconnected, sharing neighborhood. Applying social

networks and prefabrication technologies to urban dwelling is possible to create a constant evolving community that follows and addresses in real-time both individual and communal needs, without wastes or pollution. This is the entry for the Europan 2012 for the city of Urrextu in the Basque Country, Spain. The area is characterized by an abandoned industrial site and consists mostly in metal polluted brown-fields outside of the old city. An old railway is crossing the whole site: it was used to transport goods in and out the city and to allow the working movements of old cranes between the numerous factories. The team used a mixture of social network strategies and insustrial prefabrication to give their own vision of “smart city�.






2015_Hamburg, Germany

Status: Competition Role: Team Leader Team: A. Angeletti, M. Chokova

This project is the competition entry for the creation of a 100+ apartments flat block on the iconic Reeperbahn in Hamburg. The site was occupied by one of the first social housing projects of the city, and is really close to the well know St. Pauli neighborhood that is characterized by its community driven policies. As a natural consequence the aim of the project is to create long-lasting, close-knitted community. The design proposes several levels of sharing spaces that are improving social interaction between dwellers without limitating privacy. Addressing Hamburg housing shortage, the proposed design tries to maximize the flat number and to create a series of floor common spaces, shared by few flats, with amenities like indoor terraces or wintergradens.

Through the creation of a flat that evolves with the natural life of their users, the scheme will allow people to live their lives freely without the necessity to move away from the place they feel to belong. The design team created a combination of flats that can be joined or subdivided according to the users needs. Moreover the design focuses on the relationship between the noisy city and the community itself. The flat block protect from the chaotic Reeperbahn proposing several grades of meeting points with the urban environment. The building results as a layering of activities that guide visitors in the exploration of the building granting at the same time a high level of privacy for the dwellers.







UniversitĂ degli Studi Roma Tre 2013_Rome, Italy

Status: Reasearch Project Role: Team Leader Team: G. Coria, M. Vallo

Eco Hotel Rome is a scheme for a luxury high rise eco-hotel in one of the up and coming neighborhoods of the city. The research focused on innovating the systems connected to the environmental footprint of hospitality facilities in order to use it as a branding strategy. The challenge was to mediate between high users’ comfort standards set by the brief and the necessity to adopt sustainable climate control and construction strategies in a city like Rome where the interests for this kind of approach is at the lowest. Although Rome winters are mild, summers climate is one of the most challenging to deal with, especially using low energy-consuming solutions ad sustainable construction techniques that deviate from the use of concrete. The design is aiming t achieve ventilation and energy efficiency in high-rise

hospitality buildings that often require extensive glazing and most of the time don’t allow cross ventilation. Through an out-of-the-box thinking and technical experimentation the scheme tries to propose a replicable prefabricated typology that can be applied to several similar context. Moreover the exercise proofs the possibility to use standardized construction elements and materials in a different, new way pushing sustainability over the boundary of traditional planning. A deep research on material sources and reaction to sound transmission, earthquake response and heat transmittance has been done for each solution used on this project.








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