Asastudio was founded in 1987 by Flavio Albanese with his brother Franco and was intended to be the natural development of the founder's multifarious interests.

During the firm's first thirty years in business, it saw its assignments grow and multiply, and its most important work has appeared in the major specialist magazines.
In 2003 our Neores project was shortlisted for the Mies Van der Rohe Award.
In 2005 and 2007 we took part in the International Architecture Biennale in Venice.
In 2007 we were invited to participate in the concept scheme for the urban redevelopment of Beijing's city centre.
Asastudio's president is Flavio Albanese.
Franco Albanese is the technical manager and CEO.
Piero Corradin is Head of Projects.
With a library containing more than 15,000 volumes and a project culture that traverses and mixes different disciplines, our fields of expertise are architecture, design and visual research.
Multitasking, multidisciplinary, multiscale.
This is asastudio.

people
27 people.
 3 branches. 

1 large design lab.
 15,000 volumes.

Asastudio people in a nutshell: who we are and what we do. (Unfortunately there are too many books to list them all).

  • asastudio

    • Flavio Albanese
      founder & partner

      Flavio Albanese
      founder & partner

      Flavio Albanese (1951), is founder and president of Asastudio. A self-taught man whose training did not follow the more usual academic route, he began to show interest in shapes and design as a very young boy, and he gradually added many strings to his bow in all sectors of architecture and design. He has held courses at the École Polytechinique Fédérale in Lausanne and at the Art Institute in Chicago (1980), at Yale University (1983), at the University of Architecture in Delft (2005), at the University of Florida (2006), at the Fundacion Proa de Buenos Aires (2008) and frequently at the most important Italian universities. He has also held two workshops at the international summer school of the Architecture School in Venice in 2009 and 2010. He was a member of the Confindustria Vicenza committee from 1998 to 2001, the Domus Academy Scientific Committee (2004-2005) and the MIart Committee of Honour (2009 and 2010), director of the Officina del Porto di Palermo (2006-2008), vice president of the Andrea Palladio Architecture Firms International Centre (2011-2015) and president of the Fondazione Teatro Comunale Città di Vicenza (2010-2016). From 2007 to 2010 he was asked to head Domus, the prestigious international architecture, design and contemporary art magazine. Together with his brother France, he founded Asastudio in Vicenza in 1987, whose projects have appeared in the most important architecture and design magazines. The Neores project was selected for the Mies van der Rohe Foundation European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture, and Asastudio took part in Venice's Architecture Biennial in 2004 and 2006. Flavio is an avid reader and bibliophile (his library, which is open to the rest of the firm, contains more than 15,000 volumes) and he is a connoisseur and collector of contemporary art. He is currently a member of the Unicredit Triveneto Advisory Board.

    • Franco Albanese
      partner & executive director

      Franco Albanese
      partner & executive director

      Franco Albanese (born in Vicenza in 1958) has worked in the world of architecture and design since 1976. He graduated from the Architecture School in Venice in 1986 and the year after he founded Asastudio in Vicenza with his brother Flavio. Since then he has been the firm's CEO and Technical Manager, and this role has led him to playing his part in the creation, development and execution of the most important projects. As designer and operations manager he oversaw: the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Padua (1997); “Neores”, the production site and headquarters of Sinv Spa in Schio, Vicenza, (selected for the Mies van der Rohe Foundation European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture in 2003); the project for the Town Hall of the Municipality of Grumolo delle Abbadesse, Vicenza (1999); “Morimondo 17”, the industrial reconversion of the Sinv spa premises in Milan (2000); the headquarters of Margraf in Chiampo, in the province of Vicenza (2006); and the redevelopment of the “Cava di Mursia” on Pantelleria (2010). He also supervised the design of the Mestre bypass (2004), the “Rocco Forte Verdura Resort” in Sciacca, in Sicily (2005), the expansion of Pantelleria Airport (2006) and the new Rinascente in Palermo (2007). In recent years, he has increasingly concentrated on reconverting urban industrial areas, which has become a key theme of Asastudio's philosophy.

  • project management

    • Piero Corradin
      head of projects

      Piero Corradin
      head of projects

      Piero Corradin (1975) graduated from the Iuav Architecture School in Venice in 2002 and in the same year began working as an architect with Asastudio. Some of the most important projects Piero has worked on include the urban redevelopment of a quarter in Beijing to an OMA masterplan (2007), the new branch of Banca Popolare in Marostica (2006), the new headquarters of AFV Acciaierie Beltrame in Vicenza (2007), the bid for the new Exhibition Centre in Vicenza (2008), and the international bid “Recupero della cava di Mursia” on the island of Pantelleria (2010). In 2012 he took part in the Hybrid Tower project in Mestre (Venice) and in the design for the architectural layout of Verona's trolleybus system. In 2008 he was a tutor for PreVisioni, the international workshop on the future masterplan for Vicenza; and at the 2009 and 2010 summer workshops of the Iuav Architeecture School in Venice. Since 2014 Piero has been Asastudio's Head of Projects.

    • Alessandro Melotto
      office manager

      Alessandro Melotto
      office manager

      Alessandro joined Asastudio in January 2016, and has been working in close contact with the management team, the administrative offices and the staff as a project manager and human resources manager. He has worked on many key projects, such as Agrologic in Monselice, the new purification plant in Vicenza and the Lido Resort & Spa in Venice. Before joining the firm, he worked at Studio Altieri Spa from 1997 to 2016. He started as a project manager, working on dozens of projects and managing operations for hospitals, schools and shopping centres all over Italy, then he moved on to becoming project director for the engineering services sector in Italy, and finally since 2014, he was project manager for Studio Altieri in Muscat, Oman. He studied Civil Engineering at the University of Padua, he lives in Cologna Veneta with his wife and three children, and he plays the tenor sax in a big band jazz ensemble.

  • administrative management

    • Angela Barbato
      administrative officer

      Angela Barbato
      administrative officer

      Angela is part of Asastudio's administrative team. She has a diploma in accounting and has built up a wealth of experience in administration, initially with an accounting firm, then later with two companies based in Vicenza. She joined Asastudio in 2003 as personal assistant to Flavio Albanese, before moving into the administrative side of the business. Her dedication and professionalism support Asastudio in everything to do with its organisation, and over the years she has seen many projects - and architects - take shape, with the opportunity to watch the firm grow and expand up close. She lives in Vicenza with her family. She loves painting, tennis and mountain walks.

    • Roberta Menin
      executive assistant

      Roberta Menin
      executive assistant

      Roberta is personal assistant to Asastudio founder, Flavio Albanese, and has explored and re-organised the enormous Library. Her distinguishing qualities include empathy, organisational ability and discretion, all qualities that are essential for her role. Before joining Asastudio, Roberta worked as a manager in the purchase department of AFV Acciaierie Beltrame Spa in Vicenza, in customer services for KWC ITALIA Srl in Vicenza, and for Franke Spa in Peschiera del Garda in customer services. She lives in Vicenza with her family: a daughter, two cats and a dog. She loves animals and books, she prefers Instagram to Twitter, and at the moment she is probably listening to Cesare Cremonini.

    • Sonia Menin
      administrative manager

      Sonia Menin
      administrative manager

      Sonia joined Asastudio in 2008, and her role is Administrative Manager. She received her high school diploma in accounting, specialising in foreign sales, and worked for the Vicenza branch of KWC ITALIA, dealing with administrative management and resources. Since joining Asa she has improved her skills in the field of finance and management control by taking several specialist courses, as well as by always keeping her self-taught skills up to date. She plays an active role in the firm's managerial and decision-making processes. She lives in Vicenza and spends her free time helping the family company with her husband, taking care of their two children, and practising ballroom dancing. Her role and her life experiences have made her strong, uncompromising, optimistic and stubborn.

  • team

    • Lisa Bisarello
      interior designer

      Lisa Bisarello
      interior designer

      Lisa joined Asastudio in 2001 as personal assistant to Flavio Albanese, before becoming an interior designer and working on projects ranging from furniture design to patterns for fabrics, as well as on interior design projects. She received her High School Diploma in 1994 at the Canova Techical Institute for Surveyors in Vicenza, and before joining Asastudio, she worked as an interior designer for a building firm from 1994 to 1996, and from 1998 to 2000 at the prestigious Fontana Arredamenti showroom as a sales assistant and interior designer. Personality-wise, Lisa is sensitive, meticulous, strong-willed and down-to-earth. She prefers still water, and her favourite proverb is "Where there's a will, there's a way".

    • Nicola Caputo
      architect

      Nicola Caputo
      architect

      final and working stages of projects, coordinating operations on site for the professionals who physically create the project and working with clients on their choices to ensure that the firm's vision for the project is in keeping with the clients' wishes. For the firm Nicola has been involved in projects that include the Rocco Forte Verdura Resort in Sciacca, the Hybrid Tower in Mestre, the Villa Coeur Jolie in Cap d’Antibes, as well as many other projects. Before joining Asastudio, he worked at Studio Altieri in Thiene, in the contract field in workplace interiors with Adotta, and again as designer with Studio Gabbiani & associati, tackling projects of different sizes, including hospitals, shopping malls, infrastructure and restoration work. He lives in Vicenza with his wife and son. He's a keen pre-master swimmer and when he isn't diving into the firm's design projects, he's diving into swimming pools. One of his favourite books is "The Art of War" by Sun Tzu. One thing he couldn't live without is a pair of well-crafted shoes.

    • Francesca Casara
      architect

      Francesca Casara
      architect

      Francesca graduated from the Iuav in Venice and has been an architect since 2007. She joined Asastudio in 2012 and has used her versatile talent on many projects, dealing with different-scale elements of projects (from masterplans to interior design), and in the different project phases, from the concept stage to the final implementation phase on site. Some of the projects she has worked on include the new Exhibition Centre in Vicenza, the Colli Berici Golf Club and the Hybrid Tower in Mestre. Before joining Asastudio, from 2007 to 2011 she worked for the G&G architecture firm based in Padua, while working independently on numerous other projects. She loves travel, nature and animals. She has won many ski competitions and is a riding instructor, a sport she practises at a competitive level, specialising in show jumping. Francesca likes bubbles, but only in her wine, and her favourite pattern is animal prints.

    • Benedetto Chirco
      creative director

      Benedetto Chirco
      creative director

    • Giuseppe Dal Molin
      architect

      Giuseppe Dal Molin
      architect

      Giuseppe, who prefers to be called Pino, graduated from the Iuav Architecture School in Venice in 1993. A year later, together with Antonio Paolin and Giuseppe Pianezzola, he won a bid to design the new library in Marostica, a project that won the Town of Oderzo architecture award in 1999. He joined Asastudio in 1994 and, notwithstanding a few hiccups, he has remained with us to this day. Pino deals with projects in the field of residential and hotel architecture in particular, and in interior design. For Asastudio he personally worked on the Rocco Forte Verdura Resort in Sciacca, one of the firm's main projects. In 2006 he founded the Corte dei Roda design studio with Giuseppe Pianezzola and other co-workers. One of his favourite novels is "The Simulacra" by Philip K. Dick, and in another life the architect would have liked to have been a farmer.

    • Marcello Fodale
      architect

      Marcello Fodale
      architect

      Marcello is an architect and has worked with Asastudio since 2016. He graduated from the Architecture School in Venice with Prof. Bernardo Secchi, with whom he started working in 1996. In 1997 he founded the Metrogramma firm in Milan with other colleagues, specialising in projects and research. His experience led to an invitation from Columbia University in New York to present his work. In 2004 he opened up his own business in Vicenza, dealing with interior design, boat design and small and large-scale architectural projects. In 2004 he won third prize in the Europan 7 competition for the Split area. Since 2003 he has been working with the Altieri firm in Thiene as an independent designer. At the same time Marcello has been heavily involved in university teaching. Since 2014 he has been working on the IUAV's MADI and MDE master's courses in the fields of 3D rendering and Arduino control programming. He also founded his own self-produced electronics brand, Handmade Electronics. He is fascinated by the hidden courtyards in Milan that shield you from the hustle and bustle of the city, in particular Corso Como 10. The book he has chosen from his library is Learning From Las Vegas by Bob Venturi.  

    • Andrea Garzotto
      architect

      Andrea Garzotto
      architect

      Andrea is an architect who specialises in image rendering of projects and 3D models and joined Asastudio in 2007. Virtual rendering and 3D models are a key aspect of every level in architectural projects, which is why Andrea is involved in all the firm's most important projects. Besides rendering images, he also works in interior design and architectural design. After spending a year and a half in Porto, where he fell in love with black and white images, he graduated in architecture from the IUAV in Venice in 2006. In December 2012, he opened "Incipit", a collective space and laboratory for the visual arts. Andrea is a freelance photographer, and considers himself to be a precursor to selfies and a wannabee biker. Travelling is an integral part of his life and his photography. He loves the Berghain in Berlin and wines that have bubbles.

    • Lorenzo Gentili
      architect

      Lorenzo Gentili
      architect

      Lorenzo has been with Asastudio since 2015, when an important masterplan was on the point of being delivered (the Vicenza stretch of the high speed railway line) instantly proving himself to be more than capable of working under pressure. He studied at the AAM in Switzerland from 2006 to 2012, and after spending a year interning with a firm in Melbourne, he received a master's degree in architecture with a design thesis supervised by the architects Manuel and Francisco Aires Mateus. On joining the firm, Lorenzo tackled different scale projects throughout the design stage, from preliminary designs to the final designs. He is fascinated by urban culture (and its sub-cultures), he loves graffiti and the way it relates to architecture and the surrounding space. He has remarkable teambuilding qualities, and is a fan of all kinds of sports and travel. He loves collecting magazines and doesn't think that proverbs are particularly useful.

    • Francesco Marangoni
      3d models & digital printer supervisor

      Francesco Marangoni
      3d models & digital printer supervisor

      Francesco Marangoni (born in 1982) graduated in Political Economics from the University of Verona in 2007. After working as a projectionist and usher in the historic Odeon cinema in Vicenza, he happened upon Asastudio in 2006. Here he has helped arrange and catalogue the more than 15,000 volumes contained in the firm's library. He then devoted himself to creating architectural models with a CAD/CAM pantograph and a 3D Zcorp 650 printer. Although he has founded and is involved in the production side of a small web radio station, he insists on listening to Radio3 in the models room on an analogue radio. In his free time, with variable results, he tries to indulge in his passion for reading, music and travel. From the studio library he'd borrow Codex Seraphinianus, while his favourite media is beer.

    • Simone Matteazzi
      architect

      Simone Matteazzi
      architect

      Since 2008, the year he joined Asastudio, Simone has followed projects throughout their creation, from feasibility studies to the final stage. He specialises in relations with public bodies and local government, particularly as regards urban and regional planning. Since 2011, he has been working on the complex Lindower 22 project in Berlin, for which he has supervised the retrofit phase and the new construction work. Before joining Asastudio, he worked for Archistudio in Vicenza (from 2001 to 2008) and as a member of the National City Planning Institute (2003-2008). He has also taught CAD at the Pier Giacomo Castiglioni Interior Architecture Institute from 2002 to 2012. He is currently Vice President of the Ordine degli Architetti Paesaggisti Pianificatori della Provincia di Vicenza and in this role he has been a member of national architecture tender commissions. Born and raised in Vicenza, Simone lives here with his wife Giulia, an agronomist, and his daughters Maria and Anna. His favourite word is frontier, and he prefers the beach to the mountains.

    • Riccardo Nicoletti
      architect

      Riccardo Nicoletti
      architect

      Riccardo graduated in architecture from the IUAV in Venice in 2002 and has worked with Asastudio since 2008. He develops projects concerning production sites and offices, in particular in their final/working stages. He acts as a kind of "guarantor" for continuity between the design concept ideas and their final implementation. From 2002 to 2008 he worked at Morbiato, a construction company, dealing with architectural design, creating working plans, and assisting works managers on site. Riccardo is a practical man, with a passion for construction techniques, which he often experiments with, adopting the most innovative approaches. A proud amateur volleyball player, he says that if he hadn't become an architect he would have been a fireman.

    • Gad Peralta
      architect

      Gad Peralta
      architect

    • Giuseppe Pianezzola
      architect

      Giuseppe Pianezzola
      architect

      Giuseppe graduated from the IUAV in 1993 and began working with Asastudio in Vicenza straightaway. Together with some of his co-workers, he founded the Corte dei Roda design studio, while continuing to work as a designer with Asastudio at the same time. His main field is interior design and the creative renovation of historic buildings, in particular residential buildings. He helped renovate the Palazzo Bonaguro in Vicenza, and worked on the concept and the working plans of Rocco Forte Verdura Resort in Sciacca, as well as on many other projects, following projects all the way through, from the initial design to their implementation and on-site management. He currently lives with his partner and their two children in San Donà di Piave near Venice, but when he is in town he likes going for walks in the beloved Piazzetta Palladio square. His favourite saying is "It's never too late"!

    • Giulio Pugno Vanoni
      architect

      Giulio Pugno Vanoni
      architect

      Giulio was born in Milan in 1968 and went to the Parini high school, graduating from the Faculty of Architecture in Milan in 1997. During his time at university he travelled to Seville to study at the Escuela Tècnica Superior de Arquitectura. He also founded the Associazione Ventisette during that period. After graduating, he moved to Barcelona, working first for the Manuel de Sola Morales firm and then the Carlos Ferrater firm. From 1998 onwards, he began working with various architecture firms both in Italy and abroad, bidding in national and international tenders, including: the new stadium in Algiers, 1st place for Studio Beretta in Milan; Zaragoza railway station, 1st place for the Carlos Ferrater firm (built in 2005); the new Pantelleria airport, 1st place for ASA Studio Albanese 2005 (built in 2011); the new Officine Panerai headquarters in Neuchatel, in Switzerland, 1st place HPV design (founded with Simone Hybsch in 2008).In 2000 he opened a branch of Asastudio in Milan, where he works to this day. In 2006 he founded the firm S27 with Caterina Battistini, which works on architecture projects both in Italy and abroad. Thanks to his wide-ranging training, Giulio is skilled at managing projects in their entirety, from feasibility checks to design, implementation and on-site management. One of his favourite places in Milan is the cloister of Santa Maria delle Grazie at the end of winter, and if he hadn't become an architect he would like to have been an explorer.

    • Giuseppe Santonocito
      content researcher

      Giuseppe Santonocito
      content researcher

      Giuseppe studied philosophy in Venice and Paris, completing his research doctorate in 2006. Since 2007 has managed Asastudio's communications, dealing with new acquisitions for the Library and taking part in key concept and project philosophy planning. From 2007 to 2010 he was a regular contributor to Domus magazine, providing articles, research and reviews, as well as working as editor on the books section for several editions. Before joining ASA, he was assistant librarian at the Museum of Modern Art in Ca' Pesaro in Venice (from 2001 to 2005). As a freelance copywriter he has produced concepts and text for various projects, working with the digital storyteller Felice Limosani on “Il sole sui tetti” 2011 and 2012, with the Fondazione Gaetano Marzotto for the Progetto Marzotto 2013, and with Intertrade Group and Agenzia del Contemporaneo for Pitti Fragranze 2014. He was a tutor at the summer workshop of the Architecture School in Venice in 2009 and 2010. The often exceedingly loud music blaring through his AKG headphones includes Radiohead (and never Coldplay), he loves wide open spaces that aren't very city-like, such as Berlin, and he prefers red wine to white.

    • Onofrio Storniolo
      models officer

      Onofrio Storniolo
      models officer

      Onofrio joined Asastudio in 2005 and specialises in 3D wood models. He works in close contact with architects particularly in the project concept phase, and his models play a decisive role in verifying solutions. Onofrio has always loved the sea and sailing. He goes back to his city of Palermo as often as he can to return to the primary elements (water, sun, wind) and look after his boat.

    • Giacomo Tomasini
      architect

      Giacomo Tomasini
      architect

      Giacomo is an architect and joined Asastudio in 2006. As a designer, he has tackled a wide range of architectural themes, which is no small achievement with Italian firms today. The long list of projects he has taken on includes the new exhibition centre in Vicenza, the Hybrid Tower in Mestre, the tender for the A31 North motorway, and the Noero Gallery in Turin. Before joining Asastudio, Giacomo worked at other architecture firms, while also teaching at the IUAV in Venice from (2004 to 2012) and at the MIUR (2014) as a lecturer in geometric and architectural design. He is a fan of typography and his favourite book in the Asa Library is "The Loser" by Thomas Bernhard. At the moment, he's probably listening to The Acid Kings on his headphones.

    • Francesco Tosetto
      architect

      Francesco Tosetto
      architect

      Francesco was born in Vicenza in 1986 and graduated in Project Cultures from the IUAV University in Venice in 2016. In 2008 he began working on a collaboration that continues to this day with Carlos Campos, a lecturer in Design and Representation at the University of Buenos Aires, helping design the Argentina pavilion at the 11th Biennial of Architecture. In 2009 he helped draft The Madrid Project , an urban analysis plan by the Perez Arroyo architects' firm in Madrid. In 2011 he worked with EMBT on the design of the Italian pavilion at the 52nd Biennial of Art. Today Francesco helps teach the course Architectural and urban composition by Prof.Sara Marini, at the IUAV University in Venice. He joined Asastudio in 2016, and has worked on the Hybrid Tower in Mestre and the Lido Resort in Venice projects. He is interested in contemporary art and philosophy, and is a snowboarder and basketball player. He would like to have lived in Imperial Rome and from the firm's library he'd choose OMA's S, M, L, XL.

    • Anna Tozzi
      senior interior designer

      Anna Tozzi
      senior interior designer

      Anna joined the firm in 1982 after graduating from art high school. She has made her own contribution to Asastudio's growth and development, helping shape its distinctive style and sensibility. An interior designer with a particular flair for design and colour, Anna has always been interested in interiors, the spatial arrangement of items, and proper and elegant proportion between tones and volumes, working on projects from their concept to their design, coordination with suppliers and relations with clients. Today she is one of the pillars of Asastudio, and the point of reference for the most important interior design choices. Over time her colour palette has concentrated on soft shades, and the colour she undoubtedly uses most is beige, in all its tones. Anna loves nature, animals, baggy, warm cardigans and monographs by Liagre, both for pleasure and necessity,

    • Filippo Zampese
      architect visualizer

      Filippo Zampese
      architect visualizer

      Filippo was born in 1984 and became an architect when he graduated in Construction Architecture from the IUAV in 2010, specialising in Digital Architecture for his master's also in Venice in 2010. He joined asastudio in 2015 and he deals with 3D design and models, prototyping, rendering, and post-production of images and videos. Before arriving in Vicenza, he worked in Maastricht at SatijnPlus Architecten, in Milan for Cino Zucchi Architetti and in Rome for Fuksas Architecture. When he's not designing, Filippo is a musician and composer for the band A New Silent Corporation, with whom he has recorded two albums of post-rock instrumental music (Everything Is Exactly As It Seems, 2009; Odyssea, 2016). He plays electric guitar (for which he has a collection of pedals that he doesn't know how to use) and piano. He loves dogs and hates people who talk on trains, which perhaps explains why he would like to have been an astronaut.