Architensions (ATE) is an international 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.
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
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