Tstudio is an architectural firm founded in 1992 by Guendalina Salimei, Giancarlo Fantilli, Roberto Grio, Mariaugusta Mainiero, Giovanni Pogliani and Renato Quadarella, each of them highly qualified in various fields of architecture, research, planning and landscaping, restoration, interior design and multimedia graphics. Since 2008 the group is also located in Vietnam being part of Ideas Ltd in Hanoi, which has entered the Vietnamese market for public infrastructure.
Currently Tstudio has its own team of architects, engineers, economists and technicians who work both in traditional form, and with modern design techniques. The staff is located in Rome and it exercises a highly specialized activity in several fields of architecture and engineering.
Main architectural projects of Tstudio relate: school complexes, offices, residences, conference halls, markets, congress halls and urban regeneration, transports ports and railway stations.

Guendalina Salimei, Architect
Giovanni Pogliani, Architect
Renato Quadarella, Architect
Giancarlo Fantilli, Landscape architect
Roberto Grio, Architect

Project Leaders
Luisella Pergolesi, Project Leader
Claudio Salimei, Project Leader

Giulia Giampiccolo, Architect
Anna Chiara Giustizieri, Architect
Davide Marzo, Architect
Mirko Mascioli, Architect
Paola Perri, Architect
Veronica Piacentini, Architect
Annalisa Pilati, Architect
Riccardo Vescio, Architect

Francesca De Marchi, Administrative
Giovanna Lo Re, Management Assistant


Guendalina Salimei, Architetto
Giovanni Pogliani, Architetto
Renato Quadarella, Architetto
Giancarlo Fantilli, Architetto paesaggista
Roberto Grio, Architetto
Mariaugusta Mainiero, Architetto

Project Leaders
Silvana Ladogana, Relazioni Esterne e Comunicazione
Luisella Pergolesi, Capo Progetto
Claudio Salimei, Capo Progetto

Giulia Giampiccolo, Architetto
Anna Chiara Giustizieri, Architetto
Davide Marzo, Architetto
Mirko Mascioli, Architetto
Paola Perri, Architetto
Annalisa Pilati, Architetto
Riccardo Vescio, Architetto
Veronica Piacentini, Architetto

Francesca De Marchi, Amministrazione
Giovanna Lo Re, Segreteria



Urban texture, cities, collective spaces are constantly in evolution; people show new and unexpected needs. The work of the architect becomes a work of research, multidisciplinary investigation in an attempt to interpret the evolution of time. In this sense, working in the field of architecture for T-studio means developing conscious projects for realities in continual transformation. An increasingly complex reality in which dimensions and different levels are totally interwoven starting from the territory to the city, to the environment, then to a specific place. Physical contexts, but also social and economic ones, historical contexts, but also those rooted in the present and projected into an uncertain future.

The research of recent years has dealt with the following topics, which are the facets of an attempt to integrate landscape, urban planning and architecture by passing from macro to micro and micro to macro.

It is an experiment that functions by means of a system of doubt, to cite Hall, with an architecture of deep linkages with site, culture and climate, and prefers to proceed without preordained certainties.


The theme of Urban Geographies investigates the attempt – on large scale – to offer project’s suggestions and guidelines through the relationship with the signs of the territory but also through the reinterpretation of historical traces, tradition and identity of the places. These readings become project-material ready made good to be manipulated, in the aim of a merger between urban planning, landscape and architecture, even in a social perspective. In this sense, the formative role of geographic data, the morphology of the urban and natural landscape, the archaeological layers, deep topographical patterns, appear stimulant for the project approach. In reference to the anonymity of the International Style architecture and the nostalgic architectural formalism – highly valued today in much of the world – this approach contrasts with architecture linked to the landscape and the cultural context, suggesting typological and technological advanced solutions, considering local architecture, capable of fully interpreting the extraordinary specificity of context.


The topic of Sensitive Limits talks about investigation and works on border or filter areas, which represent real opportunities of experimentation and interesting opportunities to redevelop parts of the city and territory. These spaces, often marginal, degraded, little known, undefined, not designed, become an opportunity for reflection and research for new design strategies capable of overcoming the original exclusion, promoting new meeting spaces and new centers, opportunities for redevelopment and enhancement of the city. They are capable of living and interpreting, in a new way, the limit tensions between inner and outer, between city and country, including defined and undefined spaces. In these kinds of “hybrid landscapes”, the contamination of forms and languages ​​does not grant space to research and purity; the identity that we seek is not in the purity of signs and forms but in the ability to capture and configure the differences, to establish harmonies and, in other cases, to accept, design and exalt dissonances.


The theme of Landform wants to investigate the possibility for architecture to organize emptiness, by integrating it into natural and anthropic landscape: soil architecture, or an architecture that looks for a deeper relationship with folds and shapes of the site. The projects come from the soil, from its folds, its signs, its stratification, its cavities and reliefs. In this sense, architecture does not reveal itself immediately, does not impose itself as an absolute icon, but reveals itself little at a time, lets itself be discovered during the approach and becomes part of a larger process. It dissolves and blends into the landscape, it does not impose itself as a volume that occupies space but rather as an event that organizes emptiness, absorbing the implicit rules of landscape and terrain. Architecture works with the land, creates new landscapes between artifice and nature, works with geographical conformations matching with real or through interpretation.


The theme Landmark is closely related to the theme of “vertical labyrinth”, vertical signs able to establish long distance relationships with urban or landscape contexts. These elements are able to sight the territory and draw cornerstones through reinterpretation of large scale relationship system and reveal the opportunity to work on the theme of densification, in sharp contrast to indiscriminate and extensive land use. The “vertical labyrinth” wants to explore the complexity of layers and overlapping, promoting a more intense relationship between above and below, between the air, the surface and the underground. Stratification as ability to operate on many levels, overlapping signs and different meanings for more complex areas in the sense of space and function; in this perspective, the architecture multiplies its spatiality and its landscapes, while the urban system reinvents itself becoming “city within a city and city over the city”.


The topic of Living Machines focuses on finding new life strategies, with particular attention to mixitè, flexibility and organization of public and private spaces. During the 70’s some interesting experiments have been developed about collective living: the proximity, the system of public and semi-public relations, the system of shared spaces and forms of self-management. The interest in this context is about developing these issues in relation with new requirements that have emerged in recent years, which update the themes before identified and then proposed. In fact, unlike the monofunctionality, these “living machines” try to interpret new dwelling strategies, focusing on flexibility, on organization of the shared spaces, on use of color and on adaptability of living in relation to different and mutable needs emerged during time that pose the issue of reconversion, reuse and enhancement of the existing.


The topic of Reuse – Stratification is an opportunity to overlay more readings and traces of the time that are particularly dear to the collective memory. The theme tells about the issues of memory, of the ruin, read in a new way. Subtract, add, cut, slip, cover and wrap, are operations planned for the reuse of an existing architecture that requires energy, light and color to be restored to new life. When we talk about an exceptional asset, like a not-ended architecture of 700 (it’s the case of Foligno Museum), the intervention is implemented for micro-injections, interventions of “acupuncture”, in order to restore the asset and provide it at the same time of a new existence.


The office wins many national and international competitions including the Rome Prize Architecture 2002, XII World Triennial of Architecture “Interarch 2009” Sofia, Selinunte Architecture Prize 2014, Premio Pertica – Oscar of the city of Rome 2015. Among the main projects,the redevelopment of the monumental area of Naples monumental harbour and Marina di Carrara waterfront, the sustainable neighborhood with residences and offices in Bratislava, the reuse of Annunziata church to Contemporary art museum in Foligno, Mazzacurati school complex in Rome, new head office of lawyer’s chambers in Rome, multifunctional building at Bembo st. in Rome, redevelopment of Via Sparano in the historical centre of Bari, renovation of Corviale building in Rome in Rome and a new multifunctional building for port activities in Taranto, the win of the competition for “Dao Viet” an eco-city in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Projects and designs have been published on various Italian and international magazines and exposed in cities worldwide. Among main exhibitions: in 2006 “Palermo City Port” at the X International Architecture Exhibition Biennale di Venezia; in 2008 “Out There: Architecture Beyond Building” in “Uneternalcity – Thirty years from Rome interrupted” during XI International Architecture Exhibition Biennale di Venezia; in 2010 “E-picentro”, a project that focuses on the theme of rebuilding in areas struck by seismic events during XII International Architecture Exhibition Biennale di Venezia created by Kazuyo Sejima, 2012 invited at XIII Biennale di Venezia, finalist at World Architecture Festival for New&Old, Future Projects and Masterplan categories in 2010, 2011 and 2013.

The research activities of the office focus on the investigation of the complex relationships between the design methodology and ways of intervention in the built and natural environment. The stress is on sustainability criteria and control of the landscape even in risk condition. In-depth analysis mainly investigate connections, and the development of urban project and the strategic role that some no-longer-in-use or degraded sites have and in urban context. Capital is the historical, social and economic dimension of areas object of study by the awareness that the new architectural design approaches cannot be disconnected from a deep knowledge of local habitus.