Alessandra Cianchetta

Professor Adjunct

Alessandra Cianchetta is an architect, urbanist and founding partner of AWP, an architecture practice based in London (formerly in Paris).  Born in Italy, Cianchetta studied architecture at La Sapienza in Rome, ETSA Madrid and ETSA Barcelona before co-founding AWP in Paris.   Recent projects include Poissy Galore, a museum and observatory which is part of a 113 hectare park on the Seine near Paris (with HHF); the masterplan for Paris-La Défense, a grand-scale public realm project; an arts district in Liverpool, UK; a masterplan and office buildings in Lausanne/ Crissier, Switzerland; the regeneration of Malmo Quay in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne; a 51 ha masterplan for an Arts and Creative District set in a Unesco heritage site in Liverpool, and exhibition designs for the Louvre and the Italian Embassy in Paris. Her projects have been presented at and are part of the collections of museums and venues worldwide such as MAXXI in Rome, City of Architecture and Heritage, Paris, MoMA Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Storefront for Architecture & Art and Architecture, the Design Museum in London. They have been featured in NY Times, Wallpaper, The Guardian, PIN UP magazine and BBC, among other media. In 2015 Cianchetta was selected among the leading women practitioners working in the UK. In 2009, 2015 and 2016  AWP’s projects were nominated for the Mies Van der Rohe Award for European Contemporary Architecture. AWP’s work has been presented the Lisbon Architecture Triennial in 2016 and at the Chicago Architecture Biennale in 2017. One of her recent projects, Poissy Galore was awarded Cultural Building of the Year in France in 2018.  Cianchetta has taught architecture and urban design at Cornell University, University of Virginia, Columbia University NY/Paris Program, Carleton University and The Berlage. She was recently appointed Professor at the Akademie der Bildenden Kunste in Vienna and course leader at the University of Westminster in London. Cianchetta has co-authored several books and regularly writes about architecture at large.

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Projects & Links

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