Alessandro Di Renzo

Energy, seismic and architectural retrofit of existing buildings

Tutor: Luca Caneparo
Co-tutor: Davide Rolfo
The theme of sustainability is becoming always more pervasive also in the domain of architecture. In the context of technical and cultural paradigm shift related to the ecological transition, this research aims at understanding how new principles and techniques are influencing the architectural outcomes, focusing particularly on the retrofit of existing buildings. Which are the risks in considering predominantly the sustainability aspects? The theme of formal results is neglected, or it is oriented towards “greening”? How much substance there is behind the “green language of architecture”? Why in such a vulnerable territory like Italy, seismic retrofit is overshadowed comparing to the energy retrofit?


Alessandro Di Renzo is an architect born in Aosta in 1994, he’s currently enrolled in the Ph.D. program “Architecture. History and Project” at Politecnico di Torino. His research interests are wide, now focusing on the relationship between architecture and the possibilities and constraints posed by technology. Previous research touched upon the issue of retrofitting existing modern masterpieces, without upsetting their meaning and their original matter.


2020 | Licensed architect
2019 – 2020 | Research fellowship, Politecnico di Torino
2016 – 2020 | MSc in Architecture, 110/110 honors and mention, Politecnico di Torino
2017 – 2018 | Exchange student, EPF Lausanne
2016 – 2019 | Tutoring (x6) in Design Units, Politecnico di Torino
2015 – 2016 | Internship at BAM! Architects, Torino
2013 – 2016 | BSc in Architecture, 106/110, Politecnico di Torino

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