Lorena Alessio

Lorena Alessio studied Architecture from the Turin Polytechnic. She specialized in Urban Design at Oxford Polytechnic, held a master’s degree at Pratt Institute of New York, and a Ph.D. at the Nihon University of Tokyo thanks to a Monbusho Scholarship. From 1998 to 2016, she taught Architectural Design at several universities in Italy, Japan, and South Korea, and worked as a Researcher at the Architecture and Design Department from the Turin Polytechnic.

Being an attentive promoter of quality in architecture, she worked with internationally renowned architects, organized conferences, exhibition and collaborated with Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo. Always passionate about Japanese culture, she has supervised several publications about Japanese architecture, including Shigeru Ban and Toyo Ito monographs. In 2016 she was named Associated Professor at Hosei University, Tokyo.

She has been operating worldwide with her laa–lorenaalessioarchitetti studio, working on Master Planning, Urban, and Interior Design. Among her main works, it is worth mentioning the StilNovoCity Masterplan in Taichung (Taiwan), the re-styling, and re-furbishing of the Japanese restaurant chain Saizeriya, the Community Center “Accumoli” for the city of Accumoli, presented at the Italian Pavilion at Biennale di Venezia 2018.



laa lorenaalessioarchitetti

Via Cernaia, 27
10121 Torino – Italy
P.1. 07092450019

laa@ L.A.Lab
Taichung, Taiwan

New York, U.S.A.

laa lorenaalessioarchitetti

Via Cernaia, 27
10121 Torino – Italy
P.1. 07092450019


16th Biennale di Venezia

Accupoli – Accumoli (IT)
Arcipelago Italia – Italian Pavilion (Mario Cucinella Curator) – Selected project,

The Plan Awards – Persprective

Accupoli – Edificio Innovativo
Honorable Mention


IN/ARCH – Architecture: energy for Made in Italy (with the Italian Ministry of Economical Development)

Mixcity, StilNovoVity, Saizeriya

Italian Ministry of Economic Development book

Korean Institute of Architects and UIA

“100 Architects of the year 2015” 


Korean Institute of Architects and UIA

“100 Architects of the year 2014”


2012 International Urban Design Competition

Urban Re-devolpemnt Project at Tainan Main Station Area – Taiwan
Honorable Mention

Reale Mutua

Torre Vittoria Restaurant and Coffe bar – Torino (IT)
Winning Team Architectural Competition (with Benedetto Camerana)

Ferrari S.p.A. Re-styling retail space Winner Architectural – Maranello (IT) Competition (with Benedetto Camerana)



Re-development of ex-Fiera Milano Area – Milano (IT)
Winning Team Architectural Competition (ArchA)


Design Cafè – Epat 

Community bar (IT)
Mention (with Franco Rolle)



Alessio L. ‘An overview of Open Public Space in Tokyo Urban Environment’ –  Territorio n°, Franco Angeli, Milano

Montanari G. ‘Il Giappone dalla A alla Z’ –  Disegnodiverso, preface and illustrations by Lorena Alessio, ISBN 978-88-909336-6-0

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 – 


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

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


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

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


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

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


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


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


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

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

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


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

Alessio L. Ri_visitati da Lorena Alessio ‘Aichi + 5’, Il Giornale ell’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


Alessio L. Special Issue on Japanese Architecture: 

Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, Izumoshi, Shimane, Fumihiko Maki

Meiso no Mori Municipal Funeral Hall, Kakamigahara, Gifu – Toyo Ito & Associates

21_21 Design Sight, Tokyo Midtown, Tokyo – Tadao Ando Architect & Associates

Heisei: Tea Cerimony House, Kawagoe, Saitama – Ken Yokogawa Architect & Associates

Yusuhara Town Hall. Yusuhara Kochi – Kengo Kuma & Associates

– Seijo Town Houses, Tokyo – Kazuyo Sejima & Associates

The White Chapel, Osaka – June Aopki & Associates

Nicola G. Hayek Center, Tokyo – Shigeru Ban Architects

Slowtecture M, Tennis Dome, Miki City, Hyogo – Shuhei Endo Architect Institute

The Plan n. 27, Bologna, June 2008
ISSN 1720-6553 977172065500980

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

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


Alessio L. “SPAZIO-INTERVISTA: interview to Shigeru Ban“, in Spazio Architettura, editor Diego Caramma, Ticino, 2002


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


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_67

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



Facciate che dialogano con il paesaggio’, covers tory on CASA NATURALE, september 2020, n.108 p.108


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

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, stanbul, January-February 2015


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


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)