statement

Architensions (ATE) is an architectural design studio operating as an agency of research led by Alessandro Orsini and Nick Roseboro and based in New York & Rome. The studio was founded in 2010 as a vehicle to investigate the city and its spatial form and was re-founded in 2013 with Nick Roseboro. Diverse in backgrounds and creative experience, the studio looks at architecture, design, and the city with a perspective rooted in site-specificity enabling us to explore new ways to connect history and culture.

Architensions works at the intersection of theory, practice, and academia, focusing on architecture as a network condition in continuous dialogue with the political and social context and aiming to creating new possibilities for the contemporary city. Our search for an aesthetic is an ever-changing process grounded in drawings, collages, sketches, and models. We like discrete geometries and grids, but we constantly seek new interpretations of their spatial outcomes. Researching and teaching for us is a mode of practice, not just in the academic space but also in the studio.

We believe in a pedagogical approach to practice: we design, and we learn at the same time. We expand our practice through writing, to critically connect the ontology of our work with the discourse, and curating to index the diverse architectural trajectories of our time. We see design as a way to define fields of action for the built environment that reconnect urbanism and architecture through processes that promote inclusivity and challenge the paradigm of architecture as a financial tool.

Our work and research have been published in international magazines such as Domus, Frame, Wallpaper, Architectural Digest, and exhibited at the “Casa dell’Architettura” in Rome, at the Van Alen Institute, The Storefront for Art and Architecture, the Center for Architecture and the Java Project Gallery in New York. In 2015, Libria published the volume “Forma Urbana,” focusing on studio research through a selection of projects and writings. Architensions was commissioned a large public installation for the Coachella Music and Art festival 2022. In addition, the studio was profiled as the Next Progressives in Architect Magazine in September 2020, and in 2021, Cultured Magazine selected Architensions as part of their inaugural young architects list.

people

Alessandro Orsini is an italian architect and founding principal of Architensions with experience working on a wide range of projects both internationally and in the US. His work focuses on architecture at the intersection of the political, social and environmental spatial networks with specific interests on redefining new modes of collective living. Alongside practice he teaches design studios at Columbia University GSAPP and has served as a guest critic in various schools of architecture. He was also the director of the Summer Study Abroad Program from 2017-2019 at  Hillier College of Architecture and Design at NJIT. Alessandro has contributed to journals including Vesper, Studio Magazine, and Forma Urbana, Architensions’ first book, published by Libria in 2015. Alessandro received his master’s in architecture “summa cum laude,” at Roma Tre University in Rome and was a visiting scholar at Columbia University GSAPP.

Nick Roseboro Assoc. AIA, is a designer and musician with experience across many creative disciplines. Following his music studies at The New School, he worked on various editorial and exhibition projects that evolved toward his first collaboration with Architensions. Roseboro’s research revolves around user interaction centered around perceptions of our environment. In particular, Roseboro’s interpretation of the urban context reads the city as a complex organism of social, civic, political, and ludic insertions within an ever-changing reality. In addition, he is interested in redefining architectural practice through curatorial, pedagogical, and cross-disciplinary means of exploration toward new architectural and creative outcomes.

current team members: Adriane Magadia, Alessandro Orsini, Anna Laura Pinto, Nick Roseboro, Maclane Regan, Gerald Rubia

past team members: Mustafa Bulgar, Jarrod Ray Caranto, Simone Catania, Cliff Chan, Hanjae Cho, Shawn Conte, Ronald Dapsis, Roberto De Luca, Renzo Eseo, Giorgia Gerardi, Rigo Gonzalez, Behruz Hairullaev, David Lee, Eli Liebenow, Jianwei Li, Nicholas Licausi, Alessandro Mangione, Jonathan Ngo, Richard W. Off, Chang Soon Park, Anna Perelman, Manuela Priori, Alsira Raxhimi, Francisco Sarmiento, Tani Sevy, Zeinab Shirani, Jihye Son, Evelyn Thomas, Jared Vanlandingham, Shuoyang Wang, Stephen Zimmerer

selected publications

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Exploring the Weird, Wonderful Skyline of Art at Coachella Sam LubellMetropolis Magazine2022/05/05Ambitious New Exhibit Reimagines the Public RealmPansy SchulmanArchitectural Record2022/04/29Manhattan’s Center for Architecture Imagines the Future of Universal DesignAnthony PalettaMetropolis Magazine2022/04/27Architensions unveils surreal steel-framed playground at CoachellaBen DreithDezeen2022/04/20This Coachella Installation Combats overstimulation in the Festival EnvironmentKayla DowlingFrame2022/04/19Coachella 2022: all the art installations from the long-awaited festivalRomina TotaroDomus2022/04/16A revolutionary house in the ordinary suburb of Long IslandAlessandro BenettiDomus 2022/04/14
Revolution in SuburbiaAlessandro BenettiDomus 10672022 April
8 Ways Architectural Windows Are Shaping Residential Design Francesca MercurioArchitizer2022/02/24Alessandro Orsini & Nick RoseboroTonguesVoo Doo2021/09/21A Co-Living Concept for Los AngelesARCHITECT StaffArchitect Magazine2021/07/27Knolls Co- livingARCHITECT StaffArchitect Magazine2021/07/26Architensions prioritizes outdoor space with speculative cooperative fourplex proposal in Los AngelesNathaniel BahadursinghArchinect2021/06/08Designer of the Day: ArchitensionsRyan WaddoupsSurface2021/03/12The Architensions duo finds new ideas in their design differencesElizabeth FazzareCulture Magazine2021/03/09Next Progressives: ArchitensionsArchitect Magazine2020/09/11Natural landscapes for an innovative playground in BrooklynBianca PlecherDomus2020/09/09Architensions reveals an indoor Brooklyn playground for year-round activitiesJonathan HilburgThe Architect’s Newspaper2020/08/26Architensions creates colourful Children's Playspace with plywood climbing frame and tunnelEleanor GibsonDezeen2020/08/24Nature meets nurture at this Brooklyn indoor playgroundPei-Ru KehWallpaper2020/07/29Architensions on Creating Architecture That “Exists Beyond the Logic of Capitalism”Justine Testado & Katherine GuimapangArchinect2020/03/03Oana Stănescu, Kiki Van Eijk, and more will design installations for Coachella 2020Shane Reiner-RothThe Architect’s Newspaper2020/01/24Architensions Selected to Design Installation for Coachella 2020 Aspire Design & Home2020/01/24A Story No Longer Untold: Astra Zarina’s Influence on Modern ArchitectureJulia Gamolina Metropolis Magazine2019/07/26Trends in Design and ArchitectureThe New York TimesThe New York Times2018/03/05architensions reinterprets the tent typology with a public space activator in new yorkApostolos Costarangos Designboom2017/10/05
Notice Board - Ryde Civic CentreMark Magazine 652017 January
Architensions. Architettura e urbanistica in movimentoValentina SilvestriniArtribune2016/11/07Extension between the Alvar Aalto Museum & the Central Museum of FinlandArqa2016/11/02
Notice Board - Aarhus School of ArchitectureMark Magazine 622016 July
Architensions Shortlisted for Civic Center Design Using Local Vegetation in Sydney, AustraliaSabrina SantosArchDaily2016/08/20For Alvar Aalto's 118th b-day, a museum extension + a few enduring favoritesJulia IngallsArchinect2016/02/04Architensions designs writing pavilion retreat in brooklyn backyardNick BrinkDeisgnboom2015/12/25Tiny writer's studio by Architensions provides a creative refuge in BrooklynAlan G. BrakeDezeen2015/11/23

selected writing

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exhibitions and lectures

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