ANNA TORRIANI, AIA
Anna Torriani is a founding partner and design principal of (Pagnamenta Torriani), a New York-based studio. A strong advocate for design excellence in the public realm, her commitment to public service informs both her daily practice and her ongoing contributions to civic organizations.
Leveraging, interpreting and transforming the specificities of a place into a poetic and sustainable design is a hallmark of Anna's contribution to the studio. Throughout her career, she has demonstrated expertise in envisioning a streamlined design informed by the cultural and historical context, the environment and client needs . The lead conceptual designer for ’s award-winning Mariners Harbor Library for the New York Public Library, she is currently at work on the firm’s new Byblos University Library and Central Administration project in Lebanon. In 2010, she was appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to serve on the Advisory Board of the United Nations Capital Master Plan, which she joined with the goal of preserving the complex’s modern design concept while promoting renovation of its main structures in a 21st-century context.
Anna serves as co-chair of the AIANY’s public architecture committee and has played an active role in its “Conversation” series since 2006. In 2016, she was invited to participate to the Venice Biennale of Architecture. Anna has presented the studio's projects at the AIANY Center for Architecture, at the Swiss Federal Institute of technology in Lausanne (EPFL) for the the Bibliothèque Information Suisse (BSI) and at other organizations.
Registered in New York State, she is a graduate of the ETH-Zürich, Switzerland and co-president of the recently formed ETH Alumni New York Chapter.
LORENZO PAGNAMENTA, AIA
Lorenzo Pagnamenta is a founding partner and design principal of (Pagnamenta Torriani), a New York-based studio. Expert at the development of sophisticated design geometry, he also leads the sustainability, technology, quality control, and project direction aspects of the practice. The studio’s research initiatives are well informed by his multidisciplinary experience, resulting in holistic architecture that unites all components and advanced technologies to deliver harmonious spaces with an original vision.
Lorenzo co-designed the award-winning Mariners Harbor Library, and he led the firm’s proposal for the USI campus competition in Lugano, Switzerland, redefining its neighborhood by opening new and vibrant public spaces tied to the urban fabric. He was the lead designer of the Police Service Area 9 in Flushing, New York, where transparency contributes to public safety.
Lorenzo has lectured at the AIANY Center for Architecture, as well as internationally at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) for the Bibliothèque Information Suisse (BIS), at the EXPA Architectural Gallery in Palermo, Italy and at the USI in Lugano, Switzerland. In 2016, he was invited to participate to the Venice Biennale of Architecture. Previously, he served on the board of the Swiss Institute of Art in New York City and was involved in the art world as a painter. Many of his pieces are in international collections. Registered in New York State, New Jersey and Connecticut, he is a graduate of the ETH-Zürich, Switzerland.