Architensions is an architectural design studio founded in Rome as a vehicle of research and led by Alessandro Orsini and Nick Roseboro.

Architensions research focuses on social behaviors and architecture, both in continuous dialogue with the context and aiming at creating new experiential scenarios. We don’t produce pretty images, but we define fields of action for our projects, abstracted urban devices that interpret context and reality. Our work aspires to create the development of a thought within the discipline, hence we believe that a project whether it is built or unbuilt holds the same value.

The studio is a collective of professionals from different disciplines and backgrounds bringing to the pin-up wall ideas and experiences. In New York, we started in 2008 with our heads in the clouds: a room on the 45th floor of the Empire State Building. Today our main research base is in a former warehouse in Brooklyn.

Architensions reconnects urbanism and architecture through the design of democratic spaces capable to establish a narrative within our cities opposing the tendency of the glossy paradigm of architecture as a financial tool.

Alessandro Orsini

Founding Principal

Alessandro Orsini, P.P.C., is a registered European Architect. He studied architecture in Rome at RomaTre School of Architecture with Alessandro Anselmi and Tommaso Giuralongo and in New York at the Graduate School of Planning and Preservation at Columbia University with Yehuda Safran. Before founding Architensions he worked with Steven Holl Architects as a project architect of the Sunslice House and in the team of many other projects such as Herning Museum of the Art and the Cite’ de l’Ocean and du Surf in Biarritz. Alessandro Orsini also collaborated with Herve Descottes of L’Observatoire International on the lighting design of several luxury retail stores and hotels, among them Van Cleef and Arpels, Fendi and the HH Resort and Spa in Korea designed by Richard Meier.

Nick Roseboro


Nick Roseboro studied design and music in New York City at the New School. For every project, Nick works closely with clients during initial design stages to create a user experience that matches a visionary architectural space. He led several international design competitions and he is overseeing the design and construction of multiple residential and retail projects in New York, among them a space for Australian brand Aesop. His interest in user interface and typography, influenced by the figure of Massimo Vignelli, led him to be chief designer of all graphic projects of the studio.