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Paolo Desideri (1953) was born in Rome, where he earned his degree in Architecture at La Sapienza University of Rome in 1980.
He has had a long and distinguished academic teaching career, first as visiting scholar at the Institute for Architecture of New York (USA), then as tenured professor starting in 1985 and from 2000 as Full Professor of Architectural Design at the School of Architecture of Roma Tre University.
He has also lectured in many faculties and international schools of architecture, including Washington University in Seattle, the Bauhaus in Dessau, the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, Waterloo University in Toronto, and the University of Novi Sad in Serbia.
Desideri has conducted intense scientific activity, publishing numerous critical-theoretical texts on architectural and urban design. In addition, he is an editor for the Italian journals “Piano progetto Città”, “Rassegna di Architettura e Urbanistica”, and co-editor of “Gomorra. Territori e culture della metropoli contemporanea”.
In 1982 he was one of the founders of Studio ABDR Architetti Associati along with Maria Laura Arlotti, Michele Beccu, and Filippo Raimondo.
Over the years, Studio ABDR has focused on the development of large-scale infrastructure projects and carried out projects both in Italy and internationally, winning numerous competitions.
The most recent competition wins include the design for the Enhancement of the General Services Building of La Sapienza University of Rome (2017), the New High Speed Train Station in Algeria (2016), and the International Ideas Competition for the redevelopment of the Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market in Milan (2015).
The practice works primarily in the public and private sectors for large-scale projects and housing developments, specializing in integrated design and control of the relationships between architecture and engineering.

In addition to a constantly updated professional practice, ABDR combines intensive teaching activity and scientific research, published in numerous Italian and international publications (as well as monographs), and its architectural designs have been featured in architecture exhibitions and cultural institutes in major world cities. Studio ABDR has been invited multiple times to participate in the Venice Biennale and the Milan Triennale, and has represented Italian design on many official occasions (for example, at the 2010 Shanghai Expo). The Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism has recognized ABDR’s New Tiburtina Railway Station and the Opera House in Florence as “works of national interest”.

Important works of the 2000s include the Refurbishment of the Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome (2007); the Olympic Village for the 2009 Mediterranean Games in Chieti; the New Opera House in Florence (2011); the New Roma Tiburtina High-Speed Train Station (2011), and the three stations of the B1 Metro line in Rome (2012); the Restoration of the National Archaeological Museum of Reggio Calabria (2016); the New Hippodamian Museum and Archaeological Deposits in Sibari (2017); the design for Functional Restoration and Development of the Teatro Margherita of Bari (2018); and the New High-Speed Train Station of Casablanca in Morocco (2019).
The extensive teaching activity of the members of the ABDR team includes the work of Maria Laura Arlotti (1955), who is specialized in “Bioecological architecture and environmentally sustainable technologies” at the ITACA Department of the Sapienza University of Rome in 1996.

Michele Beccu (1952), Associate Professor of Architectural and Urban Design since 2001, has many years of teaching experience at Bari Polytechnic.
Filippo Raimondo (1953) has been a tenured professor in the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Pescara, where he is currently Associate Professor of Architectural and Urban design, following a period of teaching at the European Institute of Design in Rome.
Publications by the ARDR team include Le forme del museo. Ragionamenti ed esercizi didattici (Ed. Gangemi, 2016) and La casa dei Maestri (Ed. Adda, 2007) by Michele Beccu; International Style? Alle origine del contemporaneo (Ed. Meltemi, 2004), and Città di latta (Ed. Meltemi, 2002) by Paolo Desideri.

Over the years, Studio ABDR has received numerous recognitions: the EUROSOLAR prize for bioclimatic architecture (2003); the Europe & Africa Property Awards (2010); honourable mention at the 2012 Gold Medal for Italian Architecture, and nomination for the European Union Prize - Mies Van Der Rohe Award in 2013. “The Opera House in Florence was awarded the Inarch/ANCE 2014 national prize as the best Italian work. […] In 2013 the studio offered part of its archive to the MAXXI, National Museum of 21st Century Art for its permanent collection.”
Paolo Desideri - ABDR opere e progetti famosi
- Nuova stazione alta velocità, Casablanca (Marocco), 2019
- Recupero funzionale e valorizzazione del Teatro Margherita di Bari (Italia), 2018
- Progetto di ampliamento del complesso ospedaliero Sant’Andrea, Roma (Italia), 2018-in corso
- Restauro e valorizzazione del complesso museale di Palazzo Massari – Cavalieri di Malta, Ferrara (Italia), 2017
- Padiglione Italia Expo Astana (Kazakistan), 2017
- Ampliamento del Museo Archeologico Nazionale della Sibaritide Ippodameo e nuovi depositi archeologici, Sibari (Italia), 2017
- Restauro e ampliamento del Museo Nazionale della Magna Grecia, Reggio Calabria (Italia), 2016
- Nuova Sede Telecom Italia, Roma (Italia), 2015 – in corso
- Ampliamento della Facoltà di Medicina e Psicologia all'interno dell’Ospedale Sant’Andrea, Roma (Italia), 2015-in corso
- Metropolitana B1: stazioni Libia, Annibaliano e Conca d’Oro, Roma (Italia), , 2012
- Nuovo auditorium Parco della Musica e della Cultura di Firenze (Italia), 2011
- Riqualificazione urbana di via Giustiniano Imperatore, Roma (Italia), 2010
- Villaggio per i Giochi del Mediterraneo, Chieti (Italia), 2009
- Stand espositivo presso il Salone Internazionale Edilizia e Costruzioni “Batimat”, Parigi (Francia), 2007
- Progettazione del campus universitario “Polo Pindaro”, Pescara (Italia), 2005
- Terminal della metropolitana e degli autobus (progetto), La Soie, Lione (Francia), 2005
- Edificio per abitazioni in via Tre Forti, Porto Ercole (Italia), 1998
- Progettazione di ville unifamiliari e bifamiliari, Fregene (Italia), 1991
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