Alessandro is a chartered building engineer and architect with a strong interest in structural design, masonry structures and digital fabrication.
In 2013, he completed a Master's Degree in Building Engineering and Architecture at the Politecnico di Bari (Italy), with an experimental thesis on aluminium-concrete composite materials for free-form structures, in collaboration with Juanjo Castellon (ETH Zurich).
From 2013 to 2015, he worked in Italy as a structural engineer and architect on various residential building projects.
In 2016 he earned a Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Architecture and Digital Fabrication at ETH Zurich, led by the Gramazio Kohler Research Group. During the MAS, he improved his knowledge of 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 a two-storey robotically prefabricated timber structure. In November 2016, he joined the Block Research Group (BRG) as an intern and then as a Research Assistant.
In 2018, he started a PhD at BRG, focusing on developing computational tools for the structural assessment and design of unreinforced masonry structures using the Discrete Element Method, investigating the role of geometrical imperfections on their structural behaviour.
In 2021, Alessandro took part as a structural designer and BRG project leader in the realisation of Striatus, an unreinforced masonry 3D-concrete-printed pedestrian bridge built in Venice, during the European Cultural Centre Architecture Biennial Exhibition 2021.
From August 2021, he was Visiting Researcher in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley for six months, hosted by Prof. Matthew J. DeJong, where he expanded his knowledge on Discrete Element Modelling, working on the mechanical behaviour of unreinforced masonry spiral staircases.
After defending his PhD in June 2022, Alessandro currently works at the BRG as a Post-Doctoral Researcher.