Italian-born and London-based architect, designer and visionary Ludovico Lombardi has graduated with a Master’s degree in Architecture and Urbanism from the DRL Design Research Lab of the Architectural Association in 2008.

He gained experience working with the likes of Carlos Ferrater and Arata Isozaki, and is today part of Zaha Hadid’s team in London (while running his own studio LDVC). Meet a workaholic, who lives for (and designs) the future…



Ludovico’s today is our tomorrow – through his work we are able to experience the future! Watch and wonder…



WTL: How would you describe “architecture” to someone who doesn’t know much about it – what makes it exciting for you?

LL: While it is very difficult to freeze architecture in a definition for me, I would describe it as the understanding of space and its relationships, both formally, programmatically and theoretically. I love the constant need to engage with spaces and its elements, emotions, and beauty and to mentally re-organise them, re-design them or re-live them as if every single detail or moment could become a project on its own.

WTL: Which three words sum up what LUDOVICO LOMBARDI design stands for?

LL: Integrated. Minimal. Articulated.

WTL: What is your “signature” in your work?

LL: I think attention to detail and a constant tension to an aesthetic of sublime and forces.

WTL: How do you formulate your ideas and develop them?

LL: I don’t think I can identify a pattern to it, sometimes inspirations are based on repertoire, sometimes on unconscious references or very precise generative and relational system borrowed from other fields such as nature, mathematics and biology.

WTL: Do you only work on computers or do you hand sketch and draw?

LL: I tend to sketch both in 2d and 3d, so ideas are shaped as constant dialogue between drawings and 3d modeling.

WTL: Has working in other countries and cultures influenced your architecture?

LL: I think that regional based different craftsmanships and skills as well different locally available resources are definitely a parameter that informs design, as much as globalised market and connectivity are on the other hand.

WTL: You currently work for Zaha Hadid architects – how would you describe the “school of Zaha Hadid”?

LL: ZHA (zaha hadid architects) is a dynamic environment with diverse and talented people that allowed me to be exposed and contribute to some of the most avant-garde projects and design in the architecture scene.

WTL: In a dream world, with whom would you want to work / collaborate with?

LL: I am constantly attracted by different figures in a variety of fields, lately I have been particularly passionate with Gormley, Ryuchi Sakamoto and the design from Yamamto.

WTL: In a dream world, what would you like to build / create and where?

LL: As a designer I like to miss-use principles and techniques from different fields, and have the sweet arrogance to try to design everything I see or think of.

WTL: What can you predict about the future of architecture?

LL: The boundaries of the discipline are continuously blurring giving the chance to architects to engage even more with other subjects and disciplines and figures and knowledges, which belong to those tangent fields, such as art, fashion, technology. While architecture itself is constantly evolving due to its complexity to a more constant rhythm, the role of the designer will reflect and will respond in a more immediate and dynamic way to the growing interdisciplinary nature of todays idea of design.

WTL: How important are trends in architecture and design?

LL: I think that the tools that we use for designing and the technological progress on a manufacturing level are influencing the way we understand and design spaces or everything around us, but I am not sure that architecture has the same time of other design fields when it comes to trends.

WTL: How important is the fashion scene for your work, if at all?

LL: I am quite naive about the fashion scene, so it is quite interesting to have some collateral experiences of it thanks to Cate Underwood.

WTL: You designed some amazing accessories…

LL: It is something that started as a personal research on a formal, material and technological level, but became an interesting crossing between manufacturing new technologies as 3d printed metal and different fields, like fashion and architecture.

WTL: How important is the work as lecturer and tutor for you? 

LL: Having taught at the Bartlet in London and at Risd in the US, besides the series of workshops around Europe, I think that being exposed to students and the academic environment creates a productive and critical dialogue between research and professional life, which is vital to design and my personal formation.

WTL: What advice would you give young students who want to become architects?

LL: That it is a passion worth pursuing but implies a certain degree of tolerance for pain.

WTL: What in life makes a fire burn inside of you?

LL: Moments and details that constantly manifest themselves around me.

WTL: What describes you better: daydreamer or realist?

LL: I think the combination of both makes it quite bohemian.

WTL: What do you like to do when you are not working?

LL: I enjoy loneliness when I know someone is there waiting or looking for me.

WTL: What is your favorite band and what music do you listen to?

LL: Lately I have been obsessed with “Scriabin Etude op 8 n11″, “Hope Sandoval” and “Massive Attack: Paradise Circus”

WTL: What was the last book you read (and liked)?

LL: “Narcissus and Goldmund”… but I was late on that one.

WTL: Which movie would you watch again and why?

LL: I tend to watch the same movies multiple times and discovering new facets of it and details over and over again. I have done that with movies such as “In the Mood for Love”, “Last Tango in Paris”, “La Dolce Vita”..

WTL: What is your dream destination you love to travel to?

LL: Trying to finish my destinations-list north of the Equator before starting the South-Equator destinations. The only thing that keeps me stable in a place is to constantly move away from it, and what I do as an architect/designer and teacher has been giving me this chance.

WTL: What is your favorite restaurant or bar?

LL: I like to travel a lot and the best places I have been are the one I got lost and randomly met or the one I was guided to… being based in London I would recommend “Portside Parlour”.

Ludovico, thank you for taking the time! 



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