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DOnner SOrcinelli Architecture is an award-winning Architecture Atelier, dedicated to creating innovative design solutions.

Founded in 2002 by Architects Luca Donner and Francesca Sorcinelli, the Studio pays specific attention to the theme of sustainable and affordable design in all its variants by developing solutions worldwide.


The multidisciplinary is a distinctive feature of the team, which also makes use of complementary and qualified experts in order to achieve clients’ goals.

DOSO intention is to explore new ways of living and working that overcome conventions and make it possible to improve the users’ quality of life by focusing on cultural sustainability as well as energy and environment-related issues.


DOSO's projects have been extensively published in architecture books and international magazines e.g. Ottagono, l’Arca, d’Architectures, Concept, Paysage.

The firm has been exhibited at Architecture Biennale of Venice, Young Italian Architects Biennial, Architecture Center Houston, The Architecture Foundation London, Van Alen Institute of New York, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Museum of Architecture Moscow, Daegu Architectural Culture Biennale and 24th UIA Tokyo Congress.


DOSO has been awarded in various International architecture competitions. It is winner of “20+10+X World Architecture Community Award”, “Cityscape Architectural Review Award” and “SAIE Selection Awards”. The Atelier is also recipient of an Honorary Mention at Modern Atlanta Prize, an Acknowledgement Prize at Holcim Awards for sustainable constructions (Africa and Middle-East region) and it has been Nominated by Korean Institute of Architects among “100 Architects of year 2022”.



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Luca Donner holds a PhD in Architecture from Lusiada University of Lisbon and a MArch from IUAV University of Venice. He is a licenced Architect by the Italian Order of Architects (OAPPCTV) with more than 20 years of experience in the practice.

Since 2007, he has been teaching Architecture and Urban Design in Universities in Italy and UAE. He is currently Assistant Professor at American University in the Emirates.

He is author of research papers and architecture critic essays with a specific focus on the relationship between housing and cultural sustainability, building typologies and urban retrofitting.

As keynote speaker, he has lectured at IUAV University of Venice, University of Florence, INHA University and other Academic Institutions as well as in International Congresses and Symposia: “XXV International Union of Architects World Congress”-Durban 2014, “Blue in Architecture 2009”- International Symposium Water, Climate Change and Architecture as well as two editions of “World Architecture Congress”.

He served as Jury member of the Exhibition Design Competition of Korean Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, Architizer A+Awards 2020 as well as Board Member of Order of Architects of Treviso and in several Public Institutions related to Architecture and Urban Planning. He is member of Scientific Committees and former Correspondent of ARQA Magazine from Middle East.


Francesca sorcinelli

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Francesca Sorcinelli holds a MArch from IUAV University of Venice. She is a licenced Architect by the Italian Order of Architects (OAPPCTV) since 2006.

She has been teaching Architecture and Interior Design in Universities in Italy and United Arab Emirates since 2008.

Francesca is currently Assistant Professor at Zayed University where she teaches studios and theory courses.

In her published research papers Francesca examines the dichotomy between housing and living habits coming from different cultural settings in existing urban contexts.

She has been also investigating urban environments and landscapes in the United Arab Emirates by means of photography.

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