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OBR Paolo Brescia Tommaso Principi Studio Firm

In 2000 Paolo Brescia and Tommaso Principi established the collective OBR Open Building Research to investigate new ways of contemporary living, creating a design network among Milan, London and Mumbai.

After working with Renzo Piano, Paolo and Tommaso have oriented the research of OBR towards the integration artifice-nature, to create sensitive environments in perpetual change, which stimulate the interaction between man and environment.
The team of OBR develops its experimental line through the participation in projects concerning public-private social programs, promoting - through architecture - the sense of community and the individual identities.
Today OBR is group of work open to different multidisciplinary contributions, cooperating with different universities, such as Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, Aalto University, Academy of Architecture of Mumbai and Mimar Sinan Fine Art University.
Among the best known works by OBR are the Pythagoras Museum, the New Galleria Sabauda in Turin, the Milanofiori Residential Complex, the Children Hospital in Parma, the Galliera Hospital in Genoa, the Lido of Genoa, the Ex Cinema Roma, the Triennale di Milano Terrace. The under construction projects by OBR include the Lehariya Cluster in Jaipur and the Jafza Traders Market in Dubai.
OBR’s projects have been featured in Venice Biennale of Architecture, Royal Institute of British Architects in London, Bienal de Arquitetura of Brasilia, MAXXI in Rome and Triennale di Milano.
OBR has been awarded with the AR Award for Emerging Architecture at RIBA, the Plusform under 40, the Urbanpromo at the 11° Biennale di Venezia, the honorable mention for the Medaglia d’Oro all’Architettura Italiana at the Triennale di Milano, the Europe 40 Under 40 in Madrid, the Leaf Award in London, the WAN Residential Award, the Building Healthcare Award and the Inarch Award for Italian Architecture.

OBR Paolo Brescia Tommaso Principi

Tommaso Principi

Partner

1990 > 1997
Worked for Studio di Architettura e Urbanistica G. Principi

1989 > 1994
Faculty of Engineering, Università degli Studi di Bologna

1995 > 1996
Communication and Media
Faculty of Literature and Philosophy, Università di Genova

1999
Graduated in Architecture from Università degli Studi di Genova
Prof. Enrico D. Bona

1997 > 1999
Worked for Renzo Piano Building Workshop

2004 > 2009
University assistant professor at Faculty
Università degli Studi di Genova

2007 > 2008
Coordinator at the International Coastal Area Messina Program
Università di Messina

2006
La Biennale di Venezia, Padiglione Italiano

2007
AR Award for Emerging Architecture
Honourable mention, RIBA, London
Bienal de Arquitetura de Brasília

2008
Bienal Internacional de Arquitectura de Buenos Aires
Plusform Award, Best realised architecture under 40
Urbanpromo Award, Biennale di Venezia
Medaglia d'Oro all'Architettura Italiana
Honourable mention finalist, La Triennale di Milano

2010
European 40 Under 40 Award, Madrid

2011
In/Arch Ance Award
Best building realised by a young architect, Roma

2011
LEAF Award overall winner, London
WAN Awards Residential, London

2012
Medaglia d'Oro all'Architettura Italiana
Finalist, La Triennale di Milano
Good Design Award, Chicago

2013
Ad'A Award for Italian Architecture.

2014
Building Healthcare Award for Best International Design, London
Architizer A + Awards finalist, London

2015
Inarch International Award for Architecture and Design, Milano

2016
AAP American Architecture Prize for Architectural Design, New York

Paolo Brescia

Partner

1994
Faculty of Philosophy, Università Statale di Milano

1995
Architectural Association, London

1996
Graduated in Architecture from Politecnico di Milano
Prof. Pierluigi Nicolin

1998 > 2000
Worked for Renzo Piano Building Workshop

2003 > 2009
University assistant professor at Faculty
Università degli Studi di Genova

2004 > 2005
Professor in charge, Politecnico di Milano

2006
La Biennale di Venezia, Padiglione Italiano

2007
AR Award for Emerging Architecture
Honourable mention, RIBA, London
Bienal de Arquitetura de Brasília

2008
Bienal Internacional de Arquitectura de Buenos Aires
Plusform Award, Best realised architecture under 40
Urbanpromo Award, Biennale di Venezia
Medaglia d'Oro all'Architettura Italiana
Honourable mention finalist, La Triennale di Milano

2010
European 40 Under 40 Award, Madrid

2011
In/Arch Ance Award
Best building realised by a young architect, Roma

2011
LEAF Award overall winner, London
WAN Awards Residential, London

2012
Medaglia d'Oro all'Architettura Italiana
Finalist, La Triennale di Milano
Good Design Award, Chicago

2013
Ad'A Award for Italian Architecture.
Professor in charge, Università di Genova.

2014
Building Healthcare Award for Best International Design, London
Architizer A + Awards finalist, London

2015
Inarch International Award for Architecture and Design, Milano

2016
AAP American Architecture Prize for Architectural Design, New York

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Team

Paolo Brescia
Partner
Tommaso Principi
Partner
Ipsita Mahajan
India Director
Andrea Casetto
Senior Associate
Elisa Siffredi
Senior Architect
Edoardo Allievi
Architect
Paola Berlanda 
Architect
Francesco Cascella
Architect
Chiara Gibertini
Architect
Marianna Volsa
Architect
Irene Cogliano
Landscape Architect
Alice Branchi
Junior Architect
Sara Maria Camagni
Junior Architect
Yun-Yu Liu
Junior Architect
Nika Titova
Junior Architect
Edita Urbanaviciute
Junior Architect
Chiara Cassinari
Business Developer

Awards

2016
AAP American Architecture Prize for Architectural Design, New York
2015
In/Arch International Award for Architecture and Design, Milano
2014
Building Healthcare Award for Best International Design, London
2014
Architizer A + Awards, Finalist, London
2013
Ad’A Award for Italian Architecture, Roma
2012
Gold Medal for Italian Architecture, Finalist, La Triennale di Milano
2012
Green Good Design Award, Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, Chicago
2012
WAN Awards Residential, London
2011
Leaf Awards overall winner, London
2011
LEAF Leading European Architect Forum Award, Residential Building of the Year, London
2011
In/Arch Ance Award, Realized architecture by young architect, Roma
2010
European 40 Under 40 Award, Madrid
2009
Gold Medal for Italian Architecture, Finalist, La Triennale di Milano
2008
Urbanpromo Award, INU Istituto Nazionale Urbanistica, La Biennale di Venezia
2008
Plusform Award, Best realised architecture under 40, Roma
2007
AR Award for Emerging Architecture, Honourable mention, RIBA, London