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Matteo Costanzo


  • Matteo Costanzo is a Visiting Tutor in Architecture at the Royal College of Art, where he teaches in Studio ADS10 with Gianfranco Bombaci and Davide Sacconi.

  • Biography

  • Matteo Costanzo graduated in  Architecture at La Sapienza University in Rome, studied in 1998 with the Erasmus project at the Brooks University in Oxford, and in 1999 at the summer school at the NAI (Netherlad Architeture Institute).

    During his studies he started working cofounding in 1998 the 2A+P magazine. Since graduating he have been partner of the practice 2A+P architecture until 2008 when he founded 2A+P/A associates.

    He won in 2001 the 1st prize at the “City: Less Aesthetics, More Ethics” competition at the 7th Biennale of Venice.

    He had collaborated with magazine Domus and wrote several texts and essays for international magazines and books.

    He had been a visiting critic and run workshops in many schools in Europe including IED (Istituto Europeo di Design) and at the master of architecture In/Arch (Istituto Nazionale di Architettura) in Rome, at Naba (Nuova Accademi delle Belle Arti) and Domus Academy in Milan, at Syracuse University in London, Cornell University in Rome and at University of Miami in Rome, at the San Rocco Summer School at University of Genoa, at the TU Munich, at the Real Estate Architecture Summer School at University of Liège, at the Everything Out the door workshop at Campo in Rome. Next year will be tutor in the master RCU (Radical Cut Up) at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam.

    He also publishes his research in initiatives like the architecture magazine San Rocco. Recently he founded CAMPO, a space to debate, study and celebrate architecture in Rome.
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  • Practice

  • 2A+P/A is an architectural office established by Gianfranco Bombaci and Matteo Costanzo and based 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 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 realized 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.
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  • External collaborations

  • Matteo Costanzo is founder and editor of San Rocco magazine and he founded CAMPO, a space to debate, study and celebrate architecture in 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.

    Selected Exhibitions


    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.

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  • Awards and Grants

  • (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.

Selected work