Alessandra Cianchetta is an architect and urban designer (RIBA) and a founding Partner at AWP Paris and AWP UK London
Alessandra Cianchetta is a leading architect and a founding partner at AWP office for territorial reconfiguration (Paris-London). The naward-winning practice works across scales and genres from the 160 ha masterplan for Paris’CBD La Défense to cultural buildings, pavilions, interiors, exhibitions and publications. Her practice works at a wide range of scales and at the intersection of different disciplines : architecture, urbanism strategic planning, landscape design, place-making and urban research. Current projects include the design of a 70 000 sqm public and mixed-use space below La Grande Arche at La Défense, Paris - currently under construction, the masterplan and construction of a 85,000 sqm mixed-use (housing/retail/office) sector in Lausanne, Switzerland - which will transform the cityscape, the 51 ha mixed-use masterplan for an Arts and Creative District set in a Unesco heritage site in Liverpool (TenStreets) and the regeneration of Malmo Quay in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK. Former relevant large-scale projects include the 240 ha masterplan for the south extension of Geneva (PAV/Etoile sector - Geneva CBD, Swiss freeports, housing and logistics sector) commissioned by the Swiss government, a vision for Beijing’s CBD (in collaboration with Paris airports) and a speculative vision for South Quay/ Canary Wharf in London for NLA. Her work has been presented at and is 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 in New York, the Design Museum in London and has been featured in NY Times, Wallpaper, The Guardian, PIN UP magazine and BBC, among other media. In 2015 she was selected among the leading women practitioners working in the UK today for the show “Urbanistas: women innovators in architecture, urban and landscape design”. In 2009, 2015 and 2016 AWP was nominated for the Mies Van der Rohe Award for European Contemporary Architecture for three of their buildings (The Lantern in Sandnes, Norway, A water plant and park in Evry, France, and a Museum and Observatory in Poissy, France). In addition to practice Alessandra teaches Urban and Architecture Design at The Berlage in Delft/Rotterdam, at Columbia University GSAPP and is currently the external examiner of the London School of Architecture. She has formerly taught at : Carleton University in Ottawa, the Lebanese American University in Beirut, Cornell University in Ithaca, the University of Virginia and other institutions worldwide. In 2016 she has been a guest critic in the Urban Design Master at Harvard University, GSD. She is currently involved as an adviser for a research project on large scale mixed use developments (adaptable and liveable urban megaprojects) with the Future Cities Laboratory - ETHZ, in Singapore in collaboration with UCL and Harvard University. She is adviser for the Tanjong Pagar Waterfront in Singapore and La Défense in Paris. Alessandra has also advised a number of organisations such as the Newham Design Review Panel which aims to improve the quality of urban design and architecture through the Borough's planning process and is on the National Board of Advisers for sustainable and resilient urban living for the French Ministry of Ecology, Transport, Sustainability and Housing. Her work has been selected for the Lisbon Architecture Triennial in 2016 and for the Chicago Architecture Biennale in 2017.