Paola Tuosto

— Design Director MArch (Dist), MA Digital Arch (ARB, RIBA)

Paola Tuosto studied Architecture at the Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II and graduated with distinction in 2004. She attended the Post Master in Interior Design (Salamanca University) and the Post Master in Digital Architecture (2005 INARCH, Rome). After graduating she worked in a variety of practices in Italy including Studio Fuksas in Rome, where she gained extensive experience on worldwide projects such as Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport, the Giorgio Armani store and showroom in Tokyo and others in United Arab Emirates. She went on to work as Project Leader on international projects at Metrogramma in Milan. Paola joined Foster+ Partners in 2010 to work on Walbrook office building in London next to St. Paul’s Cathedral.

She has since focused on interior design and has worked on the design of Bloomberg’s new European headquarters in the heart of the City of London. She was also involved in several large scale mixed used schemes in France, Beijing, Cairo and Sao Paulo. More recently she had been working on a new headquarters building for Ferring Pharmaceuticals in Copenhagen and the Principal Place mixed use scheme in the City of London. One of London’s largest planning permission applications. The masterplan includes a commercial tower and a residential tower with retail at the base. Paola is a guest critic at the University of Kent.

Lorenzo Vianello

— Design Director IUAV and AA MArch (RIBA, ARB)

Lorenzo Vianello graduated in architecture in Italy in 2005. From 2005 to 2009 he collaborated with several firms, including OMA, Studio Fuksas and UNStudio. From 2009 to 2011 he deepened his research, attending the Design Research Laboratory programme at the Architectural Association. Here he was guided by tutor Patrik Schumacher, partner at Zaha Hadid Architects, during the development of his final thesis. The theme of the thesis was a proto-tower, system of algorithms that generates projects of high-rises with optimized properties for different environments and functional programmes. From 2011 to 2013

Lorenzo worked at Foster+Partners joining the Apple Stores Innovation Team and the in-house Workplace Consultancy Team. At the latter he specialised in office space planning from the analysis to the implementation of strategies. During this experience he developed algorithmic tools for generating efficient floor layouts. Lorenzo had been lecturing at the Architectural Association, Oxford Brookes University, London South Bank University, Inchbald School of Design, University of Kent and Southeast University (China). Currently he works as a Design Director at London based practice T&V Architects and as guest critic at the University of Kent.

Paola Tuosto

Design Director MArch (Dist), MA Digital Arch (ARB, RIBA)

Paola Tuosto studied Architecture at the Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II and graduated with distinction in 2004. She attended the Post Master in Interior Design (Salamanca University) and the Post Master in Digital Architecture (2005 INARCH, Rome). After graduating she worked in a variety of practices in Italy including Studio Fuksas in Rome, where she gained extensive experience on worldwide projects such as Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport, the Giorgio Armani store and showroom in Tokyo and others in United Arab Emirates. She went on to work as Project Leader on international projects at Metrogramma in Milan. Paola joined Foster+ Partners in 2010 to work on Walbrook office building in London next to St. Paul’s Cathedral. She has since focused on interior design and has worked on the design of Bloomberg’s new European headquarters in the heart of the City of London. She was also involved in several large scale mixed used schemes in France, Beijing, Cairo and Sao Paulo. More recently she had been working on a new headquarters building for Ferring Pharmaceuticals in Copenhagen and the Principal Place mixed use scheme in the City of London. One of London’s largest planning permission applications. The masterplan includes a commercial tower and a residential tower with retail at the base. Paola is a guest critic at the University of Kent.

Lorenzo Vianello

Design Director IUAV and AA MArch (RIBA, ARB)

Lorenzo Vianello graduated in architecture in Italy in 2005. From 2005 to 2009 he collaborated with several firms, including OMA, Studio Fuksas and UNStudio. From 2009 to 2011 he deepened his research, attending the Design Research Laboratory programme at the Architectural Association. Here he was guided by tutor Patrik Schumacher, partner at Zaha Hadid Architects, during the development of his final thesis. The theme of the thesis was a proto-tower, system of algorithms that generates projects of high-rises with optimized properties for different environments and functional programmes. From 2011 to 2013 Lorenzo worked at Foster+Partners joining the Apple Stores Innovation Team and the in-house Workplace Consultancy Team. At the latter he specialised in office space planning from the analysis to the implementation of strategies. During this experience he developed algorithmic tools for generating efficient floor layouts. Lorenzo had been lecturing at the Architectural Association, Oxford Brookes University, London South Bank University and Inchbald School of Design. Currently he works as a design director at London based practice T&V Architects and teaches at the University of Kent and Southeast University (China).

“The emphatic design approach is the key to address social needs”

PAST PROJECTS

Ferring pharmaceuticals a/s headquarter

Offices
2014 – 2020 – Copenhagen, Denmark

The building sits on a large stone plinth which acts as the first line of defence against floods and integrates the design of street furniture and landscape elements. The lightweight glass building ‘floats’ above, in contrast to the heavy plinth below. The six stacked floors and roof canopy cantilever out to further capture the surrounding views and create self-shaded spaces on each floor.

Architects: Foster + Partners

Principal Place

Residential Tower
2013 – Under Construction – London, UK

The 50-storey building offers a variety of apartment sizes, topped by a single, spectacular duplex penthouse.
The design concept fuses the classic sophistication of the financial district with the creative, industrial aesthetic of Shoreditch.

Architects: Foster + Partners

Principal Place

Mixed used development

2013 – 2018 – London, UK

Principal Place is a mixed-use scheme which includes a 55,000m², 15 storey office building of web retailer Amazon. The development provides a new half-acre public piazza with 20,000m² of shops, cafes and restaurants.

Architects: Foster + Partners

Bloomberg

Offices
2017 – London, UK

In 2018, Bloomberg was awarded the Stirling Prize.
Bloomberg’s new European headquarters is respectful of its location in the heart of the City of London, close to the Bank of England, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the church of St. Stephen’s Walbrook.

Architects: Foster + Partners

The Walbrook

Offices
2010 – 2017 – London, UK

The Walbrook replaces an undistinguished group of 1950s offices within the City’s conservation area. Next to Wren’s Church of St Stephen Walbrook and close to St Paul’s Cathedral, it occupies a particularly sensitive site within a number of protected view corridors.

Architects: Foster + Partners

Varso Tower

Offices
2014-2020 – Warsaw, Poland

Varso Tower is a premium office tower in the heart of Warsaw located close to the Palace of Culture and Science. At 310 metres, it is the tallest tower in the European Union.

Architects: Foster + Partners


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Top Photo Credit: Franco Donaggio