• Ilaria Di Carlo_Architects
  • Piazza B. Cairoli 107
  • 00186 Rome,
  • Italy

We believe in the power of sensual spaces not only because sensuality is a source of knowledge and pleasure but also because it has the ability to generate affections of care and exploration and these affects, could have the competence to safeguard us and our planet since it is part of human nature to take care of what we love.

Ilaria DI Carlo Architects is an office of Architecture and Urban Design based in Rome and working worldwide. Our international career in several different countries has exposed us to different contexts, landscapes, cultures and practices that have enriched our background, sensibility and knowledge enabling us to read and interpret the most diverse places. Places in terms of context and identity, together with a specific interest in ecological processes, aesthetics practices and transdisciplinarity, are at the core of our methodological design process.
The importance in every project of integrating a concept with a landscape, climate and light, local materials as well as techniques and practices at the different scales of the design process becomes the occasion to experiment new strategies in order to reach an original solution in terms of quality of the space and its aesthetic dimension, functionality, flexibility, and resiliency.
Different tools are used to pursue our objective: from the most traditional ones, hand sketches and physical models, to the most technically advanced such as digital drawings, 3Dmodels and renderings, results also of our academic research.
A fundamental part of the project is represented by the client’s vision and the users of the project who are a primary part of the process since the very beginning: their role is essential and their involvement is ensured by continuous communication and participation.

Ilaria Di Carlo is an architect, urban planner, writer and researcher.
Graduated with Honors at the Polytechnic of Milan in 2000, she obtained a Master in Landscape Urbanism at the Architectural Association in London the following year.
She has worked for different international offices and was an Associate at Skidmore Owings and Merrill, London.
In 2011 she founded her own practice Ilaria Di Carlo Architects, a multidisciplinary award winning design research based company.
In 2016 Ilaria concluded her PHD research in Environmental Engineering at the University of Trento, obtaining the title of Doctor Europaeus with the her thesis entitled “The Aesthetics of Sustainability. Systemic thinking and self-organization in the evolution of cities” which also became a book.
Ilaria’s work has been exhibited and published in various occasions at the Venice Biennale, the Rotterdam Biennale (NAI) and at the Institute of Contemporary Art in London.
She complements her work in the office with research as well as teaching activity: she has been visiting tutor at the Polytechnic of Milan, the Architectural Association, the Bartlett School of Architecture, the Westminster School of Architecture in London and the University of Trento and from 2009 to 2013 she was appointed UCL Teaching Fellow in the Master in Urban Design at the Bartlett School of Architecture, London.
Ilaria is currently History& Theory tutor in the B-Pro MArch in Urban Design (RC18) at the same school and she is Director of the AAVisiting School Milan, an academic partnership between the Architectural Association and the Polytechnic of Milan.
She lectures worldwide and regularly participates as speaker at international symposiums and conferences. She is also the author of numerous articles and scientific papers.
Her research interest focus on the importance of aesthetics, revisited through the lenses of systemic thinking, complexity theory and transdisciplinarity, in the sustainable design of city and territory.

Doctor Europaeus in Environmental Engineering
AAMA in Landscape Urbanism_Architectural Association
March (Hons) Polytechnic of Milan



AA Visiting School Milan 2019: Resilient skin code

March 2017

MONOGRAPH. Research n. 03, Flowing Knowledge

Transdisciplinarity: a mental infrastructure in search of a new praxis

September 2016

IAAC BITS 7.1.3.

The Aesthetics of Sustainability

July 2016


The Aesthetics of Sustainability. Systemic thinking and self-orgnization in the evolution of cities

January 2016


Intelligent habitats. Intelligent habitats for collaborative rationality, collective choice and political agency

September 2014

SUSTAINABLE CITY 2014, WIT Press Publisher ( paper in proceedings of the International symposium )

The Aesthetics of Sustainability. Systemic thinking in the evolution of cities

May 2014


Re-cycling critical agency.

May 2014


From the death of typologies to the rise of cellular automata. In praise of Transdisciplinarity

January 2014


L'estetica del riciclo

September 2013


The Aesthetics of Sustainability

January 2013


Blurring Boundaries as a Mean of Creativity + 10 Questions, 7 Authors (interviews)

December 2012


Manifesto per la qualità del progetto sostenibile

May 2012

CITIES IN NATURE. (ED. By P. Scaglione)

Why Aesthetics is important in the definition of Sustainability + Manifesto per la qualità del progetto sostenibile

January 2012

PPC +25 +26 . ECO-LOGICS

Netted Dunes. Un prototipo

May 2005

THE FLOOD - catalogue of the 2nd Architecture Biennale Rotterdam

Netted Dunes

May 2002

NEXT : catalogue of the 8th Venice Architecture Biennale

Groane’s Park. Architecture of a landscape

  • 11.2019

    UFAZ - French Azerbaijani University

    _Baku, Azerbaijan

    ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE. European and Azerbaijani experiences

    The power of aesthetics in the enhancement of historical heritage

  • 02. 2018

    The Bartlett, University College London

    _ London, (UK)

    PROSPECTIVE 2018, B-Pro History&Theory Lecture series

    Aesthetics, Sustainability and Interfaces.

  • 11. 2016

    Trentino School of management _STEP

    _ Trento (Italy)

    ‘STEPINCONTRA’ Cycle of Conferences

    L’estetica della sostenibilità. Pensieri e Progetti

  • 01. 2016

    Klima House fair 2016

    _ Bolzano (Italy)


    Round Table with

  • 01. 2016

    Klima House fair 2015

    _ Bolzano (Italy)

    BIODESIGN WORKSHOP: between sustainable cities and architecture.

    In praise of Transdisciplinarity

  • 09. 2014

    Wessex Institute, International conference

    _ Siena, (Italy)


    The Aesthetic of Sustainability. Systemic thinking in the evolution of cities

  • 05. 2014

    Mimar Sinan Güzel Sanatlar Üniversitesi

    _ Istanbul, (Turkey)

    ARCHDESIGN’14, Discussions on Contemporary Design Methodologies in Architecture

    From the death of typologies to the rise of cellular automata

  • 05. 2014

    The Bartlett, University College London

    _ London, (UK)

    BIOCITIES Lecture series 2014

    In praise of Transdisciplinarity

  • 01. 2016

    Klima House fair 2014

    _ Bolzano (Italy)


    Aesthetics of Recycle & Aesthetics of Sustainable

  • 06. 2008

    The New London Architecture, Centre for the Built Environment

    _ London, (UK)


    ‘Mixed use: Creating balanced Communities. The experience we can learn from abroad’

  • 04. 2008

    University of Westminster

    _ London, (UK)


    ‘Netted Dunes: master planning on coastal sand dunes’

  • 06/07/08. 2005

    The Netherlands Architecture Institute

    _ Rotterdam (the Netherlands)


    ‘Netted Dunes: master planning on coastal sand dunes’

  • 04. 2004

    Institute of Contemporary Arts

    _ London (UK)

    THE NASH RAMBLAS EXHIBITIONS ( in collaboration with HOK and T. Farrell&partners)

    ‘HOK: New West End Master plan

  • 06/07/08. 2005

    Architectural Association School of Architecture

    _ London (UK)


    ‘Netted Dunes: master planning on coastal sand dunes’

  • 09. 2002

    Venice Biennale 2002

    _ Venice (Italy)


    ‘Groane’s Park: architecture of a landscape’

  • 02.2019

    Honorable mention

    MORI SECONDARY SCHOOL _ two stage competition for a secondary school in Mori,Tn, Italy

  • 02.2019

    3rd prize

    NETIVOT THE BREATHING CITY _competition for the master Plan for the historic center of Netivot, Israel

  • 09.2018

    Special prize for Innovation and Sustainability

    LANGYUIAN STATION REDESIGN _invited international competition in Beijing, Cina

  • 03.2012

    1st prize

    UNDER THE SAME ROOF _Restricted Competition in Grottammare, AP, Italy