Alessandro is a building engineer and architect with a strong interest in structural optimization, digital fabrication and shell structures.
In 2013, he completed his Master Degree in Building Engineering and Architecture at Politecnico di Bari (Italy). In his Master’s Thesis “Parametric Spatial Structures of Cellular Type: modelling and testing” in collaboration with Juanjo Castellon (ETH Zurich), he studied an experimental composite aluminum-concrete material that can be employed for free forms and shell structures. From 2013 to 2015, he worked as structural engineer on several projects using reinforced concrete, structural steel and masonry and as architect on various residential building projects in Italy. He was also involved in 3D prototyping and printing of home appliances.
In 2016 he completed a Master in Advanced Studies (MAS) in Architecture and Digital Fabrication at ETH Zurich with the Gramazio Kohler Research Group, where he improved his knowledge in parametric design, robotics and digital tools. For his MAS thesis he was the structural design leader and part of an 8-person team that built the unique two storey robotically prefabricated timber structure.
Also in 2016, Alessandro participated in the construction of CNC-milled formworks for the project “Incidental Space” exhibited at the Swiss Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia under the supervision of Christian Kerez (ETH). In addition, he worked part-time as Development Engineer at Qualysense AG where he contributed to the optimization of the mechanical subsystems of a sorting robot.
He joined the Block Research Group as an intern in November 2016.