Carlo Achilli, Architect

Courses Taught at the Institute
Advanced Topical Design Studio: Urban
Architecture in Context: City, Spaces and Urban Design


Safety Coordinator License in Project Design and Management, University of Rome, ‘La Sapienza’, School of Architecture and Urban Planning – 2006 Master II |V| in “Pianificazione, Conservazione e Gestione dei Centri Storici e dei Sistemi Paesistico-Ambientali” at ‘La Sapienza’ University of Rome – 2002
One year fellowship for Master of Science in Architecture Studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA – 1999
Licensed Architect, n° 287 of the Professional Association of Architects, Planners, Landscapers and Conservers of the Province of Terni – 1998
Degree in Architecture from the University of Rome, ‘La Sapienza’, School of Architecture and Urban Planning (110/110) – 1996


 Relevant Projects / Publications
– 1998-2017 Carlo Achilli has planned and directed, in almost twenty years of private practice, around fifty projects: four master plans, five landscape design, ten directional and commercial use (hotels, restaurants and shops), five mixed used buildings, including a cultural center and an historical archive and about twenty five residential use (villas, holiday houses, flats), prevalently in Umbria and Tuscany, but also in Sicily, Lazio and Rome:

– 2017 LUXURY APARTMENTS, XVth-XIXth Centuries, architectural survey, project design, works management and safety plan for the renovation of two historical buildings located in Piazza del Carmine and via della Fonderia, San Frediano district in Florence, built on top of pre-existing medieval and renaissance structures. The concept design was based on restoration, rehabilitation and reuse of the buildings for contemporary living. – 2016 FRATELLI PICCINI FOUNDATION AT PONTE VECCHIO, XVth-XVIIth Centuries, Florence: renovation of an historical jewellery. Architectural project design for an historical archive, a small museum and handcraft laboratory. Renovation of the panoramic terrace on the Arno River. Metric estimates of total cost and general lay out, renderings and works management were integral part of the work. (Published in AND n°30, 2016) – 2016 VILLA BALDINI IN CHIANTI, XXth Century, San Polo in Chianti (FI): landscaping and architectural project design, interior design, works management and safety plan. The project was focused on a sustainable design for the two stories building, while respecting the traditional Tuscan farmhouse typology. Particular attention was given to sustainable construction techniques and materials. – 2014 VILLA FIUMI IN MONTEPORZANO, XIXth Century, Orvieto: landscaping project design and interior design. Reuse and renovation of a pre-existing farmhouse into a new country villa with swimming pool. Particular attention was given to the preservation of traditional structures, without neglecting sustainable materials. (Published in AND n°26, 2014) – 2014 EX LIMONAIA MEDICEA VILLA, XVIIth Century, Florence: landscaping and conservation project design, interior design, works management and safety plan for a historical Medici greenhouse. The work was based on the renovation of a former lemon tree greenhouse and its transformation in a luxury villa for contemporary living. It included architectural survey and garden project design. (Published in AND n°26, 2014) – 2013 PALAZZO CARAVAJAL SIMONCELLI, XVIth Century, Orvieto: project design was based on the conservation project and the works management for a new Cultural Center, including a grand Ballroom. The interior design involved new internal distribution and additional open space for the new facilities such as hall, reception, restaurant, dining hall and bathrooms. Architectural survey and renderings were included. (Published in AND n°26, 2014) – 2012 HOTEL LA BADIA, XIIth-IVth Centuries, Orvieto: preservation project for the former convent ‘La Badia’, converted in a four star hotel. In addition, architectural survey, interior design and works management were included. The project design provided new guest rooms and penthouse suites and a new lighting project design for the monumental buildings (church, tower and ancient walls) surrounding the hotel. – 2007 PALAZZO BARBERINO-TAFANI, XV Century, Florence: project design, works management and safety plan for a residential building. Renovation of two pre-existing renaissance Altanas and their transformation in two luxurious lofts. Some structures were demolished in order to discover the original volumes and proportions. (Published in AND n°26, 2014) – 2007 EX COURTHOUSE, XXth Century, Viterbo: architectural survey and project design for the renovation of former Courthouse into a mixed-use building. The concrete building was built in the 80’s in the suburban area: several retail units at the street levels, offices upstairs for two floors and residential at the top floor. – 2007 INSURENCE HEADQUARTER LE GENERALI AT PALAZZO RANIERI, XIVth-XVIIth Centuries, Orvieto: project design and works management for the renovation of the renaissance building with annexed medieval tower. At the street level the insurance headquarter for Le Generali was designed. Other commercial spaces were placed at the mezzanine and noble floor, residential loft spaces at the top. The project involved also the “Piano Nobile” for temporary rent. – 2003 ASSOCIATE LAWYERS OFFICE AT PALAZZO SALOTTI, XIVth Century, Orvieto: project design for an office building. In particular: two associate legal, one engineering and architectural and two consulting offices. The project preserved the original Medieval courtyard typology. Sustainable construction techniques and materials were used for designing contemporary open spaces for directional functions. – 2002, PALAZZO GHIGI, XIVth-XVIIth Centuries, Viterbo: project design for an historic Palazzo transformed in a mixed-use building. Consolidation and preservation works were prescribed for the pre-existing medieval structure and demolition works for the unoriginal volumes. The interior design focused on residential typology. – 1998 HOTEL PALAZZO PICCOLOMINI XVth-XVIth Centuries, Orvieto: project design for the pre-existing medieval and renaissance building, Palazzo Piccolomini, converted into a four star hotel. The interior design was focused on reception, superior double and master bedrooms, suites, cafeteria and reading room, breakfast hall and restaurant. The renovation has preserved its artistic and historical riches, and yet has not neglected any comfort suited for a luxury hotel. (Published in Architectural Digest n°313, June 2007)


Teaching Philosophy
I believe in teaching and I teach who I am as an Architect. In other words, I don’t believe teaching can be reduced to technique. Instead, I believe good teaching comes from the identity and integrity of the teacher. My philosophy of education has the following goals: to share the knowledge and experience I have acquired during my ten years as an free lance architect, architectural designer, restoration and preservation project manager: to integrate theory and practice: to enlarge knowledge of historical typology and traditional building technologies: to facilitate an interdisciplinary process of learning that leads students to the production of works linked with Italian urban context and historical Palazzi. At the end of the course students will be able to establish the historical value of the buildings, examining their present condition and identify each element and all characteristics by means of their knowledge both of the history of Italian architecture and of the basic theory and practice of historic preservation. This knowledge is the base of the critical process that will permit the re-elaborating and re-interpreting of all that is already known of the building, in order to distinguish the different phases of its transformation into what we are examining today.


Most Rewarding Moments
My favorite rewarding and transformative teaching moment is described by students at the end of each semester reading their feedbacks and enthusiastic quotes. So, I believe that teaching is a marathon, not a sprint.


Favorite Quote
“Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theatre.” (Gail Godwin)