” You are entering the world of Lorena Alessio Architects a world made by memories, reflections, journeys through space and time, thus, enriching the perception of the present moments. We live in the void determined by enclosed built spaces or natural environments; the relationship between full and empty allows us to feel harmony, beauty, and sensation of well-being. Our job as architects seeks this harmony. Focusing on the making of spaces where individuals can feel immersed with mind, body and spirit.”

Lorena Alessio


laa is an architectural firm based in Torino, Taichung, New York. laa has been internationally recognized and exhibited at the Biennale of Venice 2018. Founded in 1999 by Lorena Alessio, the studio is distinguished by its multidisciplinary approach to masterplanning, architectural design including landscape architecture, interior design and brand identity, both nationally and internationally. laa has been cooperating with renowed architects worldwide. Each project is the result of daily suggestions and formal experimentations combined with technological innovation. The interaction between space and user is at the base of laa’s methodology. The moving freely of the users through the ambient is obtained through the break of clear boundaries, with a predominance of intermediate and undefined spaces. The transition from emptiness to fullness is a recurring concept in projects, always seeking maximum lightness of expression. Technological Innovation and Sustainable Architecture, Architectural and Urban Design, Re-styling, Interior Design, and Graphics are the studio’s main focus.

Lorena Alessio

laa Founder and Principal

The deeply connected research to a constant comparison between
Art, Architecture and Technology is the leitmotif of Lorena Alessio’s style.

Her interest towards the infinitely small, the mutability of nature and herlife experiences in culturally distant countries translate into evocative, wideranging architectural proposals, combined with an interest in the study ofItalian and Japanese cities.

Lorena Alessio graduated in Architecture at the Politecnico di Torino and holds a specialization in Urban Design from Oxford Polytechnic, a Master’s degree from Pratt Institute in New York and a Ph.D. from Nihon University in Tokyo. Since 2000 she has been involved in architectural and urban design research at the Politecnico di Torino, teaching in numerous universities in Italy, Japan, Taiwan and South Korea. In 2016 she became Visiting Associate Professor at Hosei University in Tokyo; she also carried out workshops with universities
such as: MIT, The University of Tokyo, Waseda University.

From 2006 to 2011, she founded and chaired “Casa delle Arti e
dell’Architettura” in Settimo Torinese, organizing and coordinating events for the promotion of architectural quality, in partnership with the Fondazione di Arte Contemporanea Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin, the Japan Institute of Architects and the Italian Cultural Institute in Tokyo. She also held several conferences and workshops, hosting various personality from the international architectural scene, among them: Maki Fumihiko, Sejima
Kazuyo, Odile Decq, Ban Shigeru, Bernard Tschumi, Shu Wang, Fujimoto Sou, Mario Cucinella. Over the years she has developed a strong Design Management capability, working with Bovis Lend Lease and coordinating major projects.

Alessio writes for some of the most prestigious architectural magazines, including A+U and The Plan, publishing articles and moderating events. Her main publications include “Shigeru Ban” (2008) and “Toyo Ito” (2009) edited by Edilstampa. Under publication “Entropic Tokyo”, which analyses the urban changes of the last thirty years, assuming useful elements for urban design.

Research in architecture and urban design is closely linked to the world of professional activity. Lorena Alessio collaborated with: Kuma Kengo, Zaha Hadid, Isozaki Arata, Daniel Libeskind, Benedetto Camerana, Pier Paolo Maggiora. She has been an invited speaker to numerous international conferences.


Julian Chavez Rodriguez  – BIM Specialist & Senior Architect

Born in Colombia, Julian is an architect who graduated at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, and he got a bachelor’s in architecture in 2012. After different working experiences in Bogotà, he moved to Italy and graduated from the Turin Polytechnic and obtained a master’s in Architecture in 2014. Julian is proficient in BIM/Revit and Architectural Design. Julian is a Spanish native speaker, fluent in Italian and English.

In his free time, he loves painting and playing drums

Ionut Marius Beta –  Architect

Born in Romania, he is an architect who graduated from the Polytechnic of Turin, with a master’s degree in “Architecture for sustainable Design” in 2019. He is an architect specialized in structural design, in the use of Bamboo in Architecture and in respect of the context for a sustainable and holistic design. His meritorious thesis has developed the design and construction of an integrated system of accommodation facilities in Myanmar through the collaboration with international associations and the studio Arcò – Architecture and Cooperation. He also worked for some architectural firms in the Turin scene such as Torpego Architetti and TRA architetti. He is the founder and an active member of Team Recyclo, a student team of Polytechnic of Turin which explores the relation between bicycle, people and cities through architectural projects for slow and sustainable mobility.

Marius is Italian native speaker, fluent English and in his free time he loves to practice sport surrounded by nature.

Çağkan Genç – Intern Architect

Born in Turkey, Cagkan obtained his M.Sc. degree in Architecture for the Sustainable Design at Politecnico di Torino in 2021 with a thesis worthy of mention that focuses on the relation between Urban Commons and Social Sustainability. Apart from the M.sc. study, he gained experiences in different architectural practices (in various cities and countries in Turkey, Italy, and Spain) by finishing the B.A. in architecture, working professionally as Interior Designer, doing internships on diverse topics in various contexts, and participating in several competitions on both Urban and Theoretical scales. His aspiration in architecture is to keep developing his skills to observe cities connected to different interconnected social systems for climate change mitigation.

His aspiration in life is to continue making music which he started when he was a child in the state conservatory of Antalya as a cello player that continues now in choirs as a bass singer.

Rosali Alessio – Graphic Designer

Rosali graduated at the University of Turin in Science of Communication in 2000 and specialized in Graphics and DTP. Rosali worked for different publishing companies, and in 1999 founded Alessiostudio, working on communication, graphics, and events design. From 2002 to 2005, she worked as a consultant for Turin Agency 2006, and she was responsible for the organisation and promotion of exhibitions, fairs of the Turin Olympic projects, as well as the coordination of virtual models, renders, and videos. Rosali is the founder and a member of the House of Arts and Architecture (Casartarc) 2006-2011. Since 2007, she has been a member of the ADCI Art Director Club Italian. Since 2010, she has been a member of ADC’E and AIAP Italian association for the visual communication design.

Currrently She mainly deals with HOLISTIC treatments and in her free time she is an excellent cook and meditates.

Giada Daga – Social Media Manager & Press Office

Giada is a designer who graduated in Ecodesign at the Politecnico di Torino (2017). Winner of a Research Grant, she worked as a researcher in the renewable energy field, focusing on the study and development of Plant Microbial Fuel cell systems. Her interest ranges from interior design to digital content creation, with special attention to environmental sustainability issues. Giada is an Italian native speaker, fluent in English.

In her free time, she performs at the theatre, and she plans photograph shootings and travelling.

Dubravka Antic – New York office

Dubravka is an architect with 25 years of professional experience. She worked for large corporate firms (KPF, Rafael Vinoly) as well as mid-size design-oriented firms (Rogers Marvel, GKV) in positions of project designer, project architect as well as project manager gaining experience in all phases and aspects of architectural practice. Through her experience in interior architecture Dubravka has developed exceptional design, technical and management skills which allow her to clearly communicate the design effort to clients and all parties involved. 


laa@D2D - New York, U.S.A.

laa@L.A. LAB - Taichung, Taiwan

Via Cernaia, 27
10121 Torino – Italy
P.I. 07092450019

Previously with laa

Elena Abbate, Bae Hyunjung, Claudio Baravalle, Maurizio Bergadano, Marta Bovio, Marco Brizio, Chiara Brusati, Gioele Cammarere, Monica Cazzamani Bona, Laura Ceccarelli, Mattia Collo, Veronica Comba, Attilio De Palma, Simona Della Rocca, Francesca di Nuzzo, Jacopo Donato, Shinobu Hashimoto, Kako Irie, Kim Dong Woo, Samuel Fiolis, Lee Wonseok, Francesca Lupo, Francesca Meineri, Silvio Marsanic, Chiara Mezzasalma, Silvia Molinari, Giulia Mondino, Carola Novara, Laura Padron Rodriguez, Park Yeoh Ho, Francesca Pollicini, Nicola Rosato, Stefano Scavino, Alessia Sciotto, Rocco Scuzzarella, Francesca Turnaturi, Fabio Vignolo, Li Xinwei, Zhiwhei Zhu

Awards & Activities

• 16th Venice International Architecture Exhibition (Biennale di Venezia 2018)
Arcipelago Italia – Italian Pavilion, Mario Cucinella Curator
‘Accupoli’ project selected and exposed, 2018

• Perspective – The Plan Awards, Mention for ‘Accupoli’ project, 2018

• President and Founder of H.E.L.P. 6.5 – Housing in Emergency for Life and People 6.5, 2017 – 2018

• “Italy/Japan: Design e Territories. The value of cultural differences”, Tokyo 28-29 November 2016
In order to strength relationships among researchers, I organised a forum in Tokyo at the Italian Institute of Culture to celebrate 150 years of relationships between Italy and Japan.
The forum, “Italy/Japan: Design e territories. The value of cultural differences” – Tokyo, 28 and 29 October 2016 had five sessions:
– Memory of Place
– Structure and Design
– Identity and Urban Development
– Design and Territory
– ‘In between spaces’ in Architecture.
The forum was opened by Fumihiko Maki and Mutsuro Sasaki.
I coordinated the session on Identity and Urban Development.

• Member of Scientific Committee “Rinascimenti. Michelangelo Buonarroti incontra Renzo Piano, Pier Paolo Maggiora, Kengo Kuma, Claudio Silvestrin e Cino Zucchi”, Settimo T.se, 2015-2016 catalogo mostra Allemandi ISBN 978-88-422-2385-6

• “Architecture: Energy for Made in Italy”
Selection through national competition by IN/ARCH of three projects by Lorena Alessio/alessiostudio for the Italian Ministry of Economic Development book “Architecture: energy for Made in Italy”, January 2015

• “100 Architects of the year 2015” – Korean Institute of Architects and UIA – exhibition and publication

• Part of Jury Committee for Regional Museum of Science in Torino, International Competition, 2015

• “100 Architects of the year 2014” – Korean Institute of Architects and UIA – exhibition and publication

• Coordinator for Torino Strategica (the making of the third Strategic Plan for Torino) of Urban Quality Group – December 2013-May 2014

• Honourable Mention ‘2012 International Urban Design Competition – Urban Re-development Project at Tainan Main Station Area – Tainan’, Taiwan, June 2012 as architect

• Part of winning team of new restaurant and cafeteria on Torre Littoria, Torino for Reale Mutua, with Benedetto Camerana, June 2012, as architect and consultant

• Winner of competition by invitation for: Re-styling of commercial spaces at Maranello for Ferrari S.p.A., with Benedetto Camerana, January 2012 – as co-architect

• President and Founder of CASARTARC, Casa delle Arti e dell’Architettura (House of Arts and Architecture), Settimo T.se, 2006-2011

• Organizer of Exhibition at Italian Institute of Culture in Tokyo: “Progettare ai Margini”, 2006

• Part of winning team ‘CityLife’, for the re-development of ex-Fiera Milano Area, 2005 – as Design Manager for ArchA

• Council Member and Founder Giovani Architetti Torino (Torino Young Architects) Association, Torino, 2004

• Mention ‘Community bar’ with Franco Rolle, Competition ‘Design Cafè’, Epat, 2001

• Member of the Turin Chamber of Architects, since 1994


• Alessio L. “Progettare con il compensato strutturale:da Accupoli a PoplyHouse” Quodlibet, Roma, under publication

• Alessio L. “Entropic Tokyo” LetteraVentidue, Siraccusa, under publication

• Alessio L. ‘An overview of Open Public Space in Tokyo Urban Environment’, on Territorio, Franco Angeli, Milano ITA/ENG – 2020

• Alessio L. ‘Progetto AccuPoli’ in numero speciale monografico “L’esperienza interdisciplinare della Task Force del Politecnico di Torino per il terremoto del centro Italia (2016-2017)” in A&RT – Atti e Rassegna tecnica – 2019

• Alessio L. “Torino Porta Susa Railway Station” in A+U – Transit Oriented “Development and Management”. Sustainable Urbanisation Projects from 35 Cities, n. 586, pp.74-79, Tokyo, 2019 ISBN 978-4-9002-1239-8 JAP/ENG

• Alessio L. “Moving the mind for ten tenths, moving the body for seven tenths” (Zeami) – towards a multi-dimensional society” in Jinnai H. ‘New Edo-Tokyo Research: Relativizing Modernity for Redefining the Future of Cities’, ETOS, Hosei University Press, pp. 139-154, Tokyo, 2019 ISBN 978-4-588-78011-0 JAP

• Alessio L. ‘H.E.L.P. 6.5 Housing in Emergency for Life and People’ in AS Architecture Suisse, n. 207, pp.19-20, 2017-4, Goldach GERMAN/ENG/FRENCH

• Alessio L. ‘Top-down and bottom-up approaches in Tokyo’s recent urban redevelopment projects’, in Architectural Research Addressing Societal Challenges. Proceedings of the 10th EAAE/ARCC International Conference, Lisbon 2016. Volume two. Emerging Fields of Architectural Practice. Japan, from modernity to today.
8 pages, 2017 ISBN 9781138029668 ENG DOI 10.1201/9781315226255-130

• Alessio L. ‘Contemporary residential streetscape: how colors and material differ from the traditional streetscape. A case study in Tokyo’, in Vol.XII B, Proceedings of the 12ve Conferenza del Colore – Colour and Built Environment, pp. 231-242, Milano: Gruppo del Colore – Associazione italiana colore, 2017 ISBN: 9788899513047 ENG

• Alessio L. ‘Morbida eleganza per Seoul’, The Plan n. 85, pp.71-78, Bologna, October 2015, ISSN 1702-6553 977172065500980027 ITA/ENG

• Alessio L. ‘Tokyo. A space for every moment’, The Plan n. 79, pp.26-29 Bologna, December 2014-January 2015, ISSN 1702-6553 977172065500980027 ITA/ENG

• Alessio L. ‘Fu-Gui Sanyi Art & Culture Gallery, Sanyi, Taiwan’, The Plan n. 72, pp-95-102, Bologna, March 2014, ISSN 1720-6553 977172065500980027 ITA/ENG

• Alessio L. ‘A Tokyo il 24° congresso UIA. Architetti dopo lo tsunami’ and interview to Kazuo Iwamura, Il Giornale dell’Architettura, anno 10 n° 98, Torino, October 2011
ISSN 1721546-0 9771721546009 – ITA

• Alessio L., Kanda S., in ‘L’uso strategico del documento programmatico di un piano regolatore’, ‘Il workshop di Urban Design’, Urbanistica, n. 145, Roma, Jan-Mar 2011, pp. 58-60
ISSN 0042-1022 – ITA/ENG

• Alessio L. ‘Digital Architecture with Revit. Riqualificazione dell’area Ex-Michelin’, The Plan n. 42, Bologna, May 2010
ISSN 1720-6553 977172065500980042 – ITA/ENG

• Alessio L. Ri_visitati da Lorena Alessio ‘Aichi + 5’, Il Giornale dell’Architettura, Il Magazine dell’Architettura, Anno 4 n. 31, Torino, May 2010
ISSN 1721546-0 9771721546009 – ITA

• Alessio L. ‘Toyo Ito’, monograph, Edilstampa, Roma, 2009
ISBN 978-88-7864-059-7, DOI 9788878640597 – ITA/ENG

• Alessio L. Special Issue on Japanese Architecture:
o Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, Izumoshi, Shimane, Fumihiko Maki
o Meiso no Mori Municipal Funeral Hall, Kakamigahara, Gifu – Toyo Ito & Associates
o 21_21 Design Sight, Tokyo Midtown, Tokyo – Tadao Ando Architect & Associates
o Heisei: Tea Cerimony House, Kawagoe, Saitama – Ken Yokogawa Architect & Associates
o Yusuhara Town Hall. Yusuhara Kochi – Kengo Kuma & Associates
o Seijo Town Houses, Tokyo – Kazuyo Sejima & Associates
o The White Chapel, Osaka – June Aoki & Associates
o Nicola G. Hayek Center, Tokyo – Shigeru Ban Architects
o Slowtecture M, Tennis Dome, Miki City, Hyogo – Shuhei Endo Architect Institute
The Plan n. 27, Bologna, June 2008
ISSN 1720-6553 977172065500980027 ITA/ENG

• Alessio L. ‘Shigeru Ban’, monograph, Edilstampa, Roma, 2008
ISBN 978-88-7864-041-2, DOI 9788878640412 – ITA/ENG

• Alessio L. ‘Leggere le città e interpretare le tendenze’, Trend Lab, n. 1 anno 2008, Special Cersaie Bologna

• Alessio L. ‘Il quinto elemento’, l’Arca n. 128, Milano, July-August 1998, System Solution Center Tochigi by Architect Five Partnership in Tochigi – ITA/ENG

• Alessio L. ‘An approach to understanding urban landscape’, Tokyo Journal of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Engineering (Transaction of AiJ, Architectural Institute of Japan), n. 501, Tokyo, November 1997. ISSN 1340-4210 ENG DOI 10.3130/aija.62.153_6

• Alessio L. ‘Flessibilità e privacy’, l’Arca n. 121 December 1997, Yakult Dormitory by Toshio Akimoto in Tokyo – ITA/ENG

• Alessio L. ‘Toyo Ito uno e trino’, Il Giornale dell’Architettura, n. 101, Torino, January 2012
ISSN 1721546-0 9771721546009 – ITA

• Alessio L. ‘Sejima, di poche parole ma caparbia’, Il Giornale dell’Architettura, CERSAIE, Torino, 23 September 2011
ISSN 1721546-0 9771721546009 – ITA/ENG

• Alessio L. SPAZIO-INTERVISTA: interview to Shigeru Ban, in Spazio Architettura, editor Diego Caramma, Ticino, 2002 – ITA/ENG


• “PoplyHouse”, Piera Genta, Corriere della sera, Cronaca di Torino, p.9, April 2021

• “PoplyHouse”, Francesca Corsini, Comunità Montagna UNCEM Piemonte, n°5, p 8-9, 2021

• “Facciate che dialogano con il paesaggio”, Francesca Corsini, Casa Naturale, Anno XVI n.108, Sectember/October 2020

• “Saizeriya”, Horeca International, 3-2020 Edition, 2020

• Several articles on ‘Accupoli’ on printed (i.e. Domus on 16th Biennale di Architettura di Venezia 2018) and web magazines, interview on RAI3

• 16th Venice International Architecture Exhibition (Biennale di Venezia 2018)
Arcipelago Italia – Italian Pavilion, Mario Cucinella Curator
‘Accupoli’ project selected and exposed, 2018

• “Architecture: energy for Made in Italy”.
Selection by IN/ARCH of three projects by Lorena Alessio/alessiostudio for the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, January 2015

• “100 Architects of the year 2015” – Korean Institute of Architects and UIA

• “100 Architects of the year 2014” – Korean Institute of Architects and UIA

• Perspective 2015/The Plan, exhibition and finalist with the projects: StilNovoCity (Taiwan) and Saizeriya Re-styling (Japan)

• ‘Lorena Alessio’ FEED FORWARD 2014-2015, pp. 40-41, KONSEPT PROJELER, Istanbul, January-February 2015

• ‘Porto a Taiwan il Dolce Stil Novo’, Irene Cabiati, La Stampa, 19 September 2013, Turin

• ‘Lorena Alessio. Il Giappone nel suo DNA’, Barbara Odetto on Cool-TO, June 2010

• ‘L.A. 92’, workshop with 17 participants at the course L.A. ’92 SCI-Arc, Los Angeles, New York, Lumen Inc. 1994

• Catalogue ‘Progetti e territori’ 1993, with my design constructed by Amleto Bertoni, Saluzzo

• Shoes design with the architect Toni Cordero, for ‘Scarperentola’ by Samuele Mazza, Milano, IDEABOOKS 1993

• Exhibition ‘Women of Design. The next generation’, New York, 1993

• Thesis ‘Cultural Center in Roosevelt Island, New York’ on Studi e ricerche (N.S. 37/January-April 1993, Giardini editori e stampatori in Pisa)