Gianfranco Bombaci is a PhD Architect and academic. He is founder partner of 2A+P/A Associates where he works on interior, architectural and urban design.
Gianfranco studied at Sapienza University in Rome and at KU University in Leuven. He holds a PhD in Environmental Design. He is founder partner of 2A+P/A associates, an architectural firm based in Rome, which engages in a broad range of activities including public and private buildings, housing complexes, urban spaces, event pavilions, temporary installations and interior design.
He has taught in a number of international schools and universities where he had been a visiting lecturer and workshop leader. He is Head of School of Design in IED Rome.
He also forwards his research through curatorial initiatives like the architecture magazine San Rocco, where he was co-founder and memeber of the editorial board. He is one of the curators of CAMPO, a space to debate, study and celebrate architecture in Rome.
His interest in anthropological methods in architecture led to him compiling the book Design and Anthropology, an anthlogy of text by Gian Piero Frassinelli, former memeber of Superstudio.
The travelling exhibition Savage Architecture, curated by Davide Sacconi on the works of Gian Piero Frassinelli and 2A+P/A, was the beginning of a research project guided by an anthropological gaze in questioning the relationship between architecture and man.
Since 2017, this research is still on going within the RCA's ADS10, where Gianfranco is Associate Lecturer together with Matteo Costanzo, Francesca Dall'Aglio and Davide Sacconi.
School, Centre or Area
Since 2009 Gianfranco Bombaci has been a founding partner with Matteo Costanzo of the office 2A+P/A in Rome. The office works on architectural, urban and landscape design with a particular interest in the nature and condition of the contemporary city. It engages in a broad range of activities, including public and private buildings, housing complexes, urban spaces, event pavilions, temporary installations and interior design.
2A+P/A investigates design, drawing from the rich and complex historical and contemporary heritage. It carries out a non-philological sampling that explores the potential of architectural work, to show different and possible paths. Design is used as an instrument of research intended to investigate reality and construct alternative destinies, narratives and subjectivities, giving form and space to knowledge exchanges and collective rituals that escape the productive compulsion of our age.
2A+P/A has participated in conferences and symposia worldwide and published in a variety of international books and magazines, such as A10, Abitare, a+t, A+U, Architecture d’aujourd’hui, Architectural Review, Domus and Volume.
2A+P/A has been awarded in a number of international competition and invited to present their work and realised site-specific installations for several international exhibitions, such as the 1st Biennale of Orleans, 14th, 12th and 11th Biennale of Venice, 5th Biennale of Brasilia, and by renowned institutions, such as the Architectural Association in London, FRAC Centre in Orleans, CIVA Bruxelles, NAI in Rotterdam and MAXXI in Rome.
The office’s work was also showcased in several solo exhibitions, such as the traveling exhibition Savage Architecture in London, Florence, Milan, Bruxelles, Rome, Berlin; the exhibitions Planetary Rites and The Pop Out Show both in Rome and 36 Drawings in Orléans.
External collaborations and other activities
Gianfranco Bombaci has been founder and editor of San Rocco magazine since 2010. In 2015 he founded the gallery Campo with Matteo Costanzo, Davide Sacconi and Luca Galofaro, a space to debate, study and celebrate architecture in Rome. Since 2010 Gianfranco Bombaci has coordinated the Interior Design BA Course at IED Rome.
Publications, exhibitions and other outcomes
Selected Books, Journal and Articles
Bombaci G., Costanzo M. (2016). ‘The alchemical beauty of the banal’. In: San Rocco - Pure Beauty, issue 13.
Bombaci G., Costanzo M. (2016). ‘The twelve ideal cities. Interview to Gian Piero Frassinelli’. In: The supreme achievement. London/Milan: Black Square Press.
Bombaci G. (2016). ‘Lo spazio interno e la sfera pubblica. Il design d’interni è oggi il vero protagonista dell'organizzazione dell’habitat urbano’. In: il Tascabile, September
Bombaci G., Costanzo M., Sacconi D. (2016). ‘Performa’. In: Feireiss L. ed. Planet B. Ideas for a new world, Koln: Erschienen im Verlag der Buchhandlung
Bombaci G., Costanzo M., Sacconi D. ‘Performa’. In: Ghidoni M. ed. Fundamental Acts. Milan: A+M Bookstore
Bombaci G., Costanzo M. ‘Life of a black triangle’. In: Sacconi D. ed. Savage Architecture, B London/Milan: Black Square.
Bombaci G., Costanzo M. (2015). ‘Notes on the interior space’. In: Sanin F., Sacconi D. Interior Tales, London/Milan: Black Square Press
Bombaci G., Costanzo M. (2014). 'Sottsass’s grey forniture’. In: San Rocco - Monk and Monkeys, issue 9
Bombaci G., Costanzo M. (2013). ‘La coscienza di Zeno’. In: San Rocco - What's wrong with the primitive hut?, issue 8
Bombaci G., Costanzo M. (2013). ‘Let's Call It Memphis’. In San Rocco - Collaborations, issue 6
Bombaci G., Costanzo M. (2013). ‘Una Casa da un disegno di Ettore Sottsass’. In: Domus, issue 968, October.
Bombaci G. (2013). ‘Strategie passive per il contenimento energetico’. In: Palumbo M. ed. Architettura Produttiva, Rome: Maggioli
Bombaci G., Costanzo M. (2011). ‘A mistakes of principles. In: San Rocco – Mistakes. issue 3
Bombaci G., Costanzo M. (2011). ‘The natural field. Interview to Andrea Branzi’. In: San Rocco - The even covering of the field, issue 2
Bombaci G., Costanzo M. (2011). ‘The island of the man with the golden gun’. In: San Rocco - Islands, issue 1,
Bombaci G. (2011). ‘What ever happened to Italian architecture?’. In: Domusweb, January
Selected Bibliography on 2A+P/A
Galofaro L., Molinari L. , Lang P.T. (2013). Alternative destinies. Seoul: DAMDI Architecture Publishing Co
Labasse A. (2012). ‘2A+P/A. Narrative Grammar’. In: L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui, issue 391, September
Glancey J. (2011). ‘Desert flower’. In: The Architectural Review, issue 1376, September (magazine article)
Feireiss L. (2011). Testify! The Consequences of Architecture. Rotterdam: NAI Publisher, p.134-143.
Tozzi L. (2011). ‘Half school, half fortress’. In: Abitare, issue 513, June
Sommariva E. (2010). ‘An urban forest for 21st-century art’. In: Domus, issue 938, July-August
Lang P. T., (2010). ‘The architectural anomaly of 2A+P/A’. In: Abitare, issue 504, July-August
Betsky A., Gandolfi E. (2008). Out There: Architecture Beyond Building, vol 3. Venice: Marsilio, p.34-35.
36 Drawings, Biennale d’Architecture d’Orléans.
Present tense, Syracuse University in Florence.
Savage Architecture, Gian Piero Frassinelli, Superstudio and 2A+P/A, Politecnico di Milano.
Invisible Architecture, Museo Carlo Bilotti, Rome.
Savage Architecture, Gian Piero Frassinelli, Superstudio and 2A+P/A, Kent State University, Florence.
Savage Architecture, Gian Piero Frassinelli, Superstudio and 2A+P/A, Architectural Association, London.
Call to order exhibition, Korach Gallery, Perez Architecture Center, Coral Gables, Miami.
Dalla terra alla luna, curated by E. Giorgi and S. Galateo, Studio Miscetti, Rome, 2014.
Innesti/Grafting, Italian Pavilion curated by C. Zucchi inside 14. Venice Biennale, 2014.
Common Ground, curated by D. Chipperfield, 13. Venice Biennale, 2012.
Italian pavilion, curated by L. Zevi, 13. Venice Biennale, 2012.
Cities within the cities, curated by S. Boeri, Festarch, Perugia-Assisi, 2012.
Testify! The Consequences of Architecture, curated by L. Feireiss, NAI, Rotterdam.
The pop out show, curated by P.T. Lang and P. Ferri, Hyunnart Studio, Rome.
Architecture&Design Film Festival, curated by K. Bergman and L. Cardello, Tribeca Cinemas, New York.
Architecture & meubles d’architectes, Pierre Bergé associés, Drouot Richelieu, Paris.
27/37, curated by OICE, Italian Pavilion at the Expo in Shanghai.
Vision. 9° Festival of Architecture and Media, curade by iMage, Stazione Leopolda, Florence.
Out There: Architecture Beyond Building, curated by A. Betsky with E. Gandolfi, 11. Venice Biennale.
Transmitting Architecture, XXIII UIA world congress, Lingotto, Turin.
(2015) Third prize, Asia Architecture Award.
(2014) Finalist, Aga Khan Award.
(2012) Finalist, “Medaglia d’Oro dell’Architettura Italiana”, La Triennale, Milan.
(2012) Honourable Mention, “Zumtobel Awards”, Aedes Architekturforum, Berlin.
(2011) Prix Specialé Hiver, Ecole Speciale d’Architecture, Paris.