Prior to joining Atkins in 2012 I led a successful practice for more than 11 years and worked in senior positions in some of best design and real estate development firms in Italy, Middle East, and North Africa. I have designed new Headquarters buildings complex for leading American and French Corporations (Stryker, Servier) in Italy applying the lessons of contemporary rational architectural language. Some of my work re-uses ancient structures in the historical Rome City Centre urban contexts.
My portfolio includes corporate workplace projects, hotels and resorts with restaurants, spa and external amenities, industrial warehouses and laboratories, courthouse, building complexes for religious cults, as well as large and small residential projects. I have been involved as a consultant in the development of master plans.
I have spoken at architectural conferences and published articles on the protagonists of contemporary architecture and urban development in national periodicals and journals.
I was educated in the eighties and nineties following the course of the masters of the Roman school of architecture (Dardi, Aymonino, Portoghesi, Lambertucci), playing the practicum at the studios of Prof. Elio Piroddi and Arch. Bertini Malgarini and deepening the historical and methodological with the leading masters Professors Ray, Bonito Oliva, and Manieri Elia.
I’ have carried out study tours in France, Belgium, Spain, Hungary, the United States, the Middle East, North Africa and the United Kingdom, and studies in Economics, Law, Mathematics and English at the University LUISS. To pay University fees I have widened the field to the film set in collaboration with the David di Donatello awards production designers G.Burchiellaro and M.Dentici in the production of several films and collaborated with the American Academy Award winners Dean Tavoularis (the Godfather Part III by F. Coppola), Bruno Cesari, and Alan Starsky and creating scenes of numerous advertising films in the nineties.
Luca is a senior specialist in the management of complex projects. Having been in business for 25 years, which 18 years as senior architect and project manager Luca has accumulated a high level of experience in International Architecture Project Management across a number of sectors; hospitality & leisure, commercial, healthcare, industrial, and infrastructures.
Luca Tentellini has graduated from the University of Rome La Sapienza in 1994 as Doctor of Architecture and studied Economics at LUISS University. He is chartered at Order of Architects in Italy sin 1996 to date - Licence no 11431.
Leading American and French Corporations have entrusted to Luca design, management, and construction of world-class projects that were completed on time and to budget.
2012 - 2013 Atkins: New Islamic Centre Kuwait.
2012 -2013 - Atkins: Ministry of Justice Towers Kuwait
2011-2012 - Lefca: Mixed use complex (residential and retail) in Aprilia, Italy - New Master Plan;
2010 - 2011 - Lorenzo Bellini Associates - Various Luxury Hotels & Resorts Interior Design developments (Italy, Lybia, Al Ain, Fujarah UAE);
2010 - Edilmonte: Hotel Resort Valle dei Casali Rome Italy - 4 star Hotel & Resort with 306 keys;
2009 - Bentini: 19 Industrial Buildings + infrastructures and civil works for Saipem Eni Sonatrach LPG project - Algeria;
2008-2009 - Alargan: The Oberoi Resort at Al Khiran - Oman.
2005-2008 - Stryker: 10,900 square meters new building in Italy: Mixed use industrial/directional development new building in Italy: offices, warehouses, health care labs, nursery, convention centre, mess - cafeteria, parking areas;
2004-2005 - Interior Design of various luxury apartments and manor houses in Italy;
1999-2003 - Servier: new buildings in Rome: Class A directional scheme of 8,800 square meters with 5-storey offices, meetings areas, mess - cafeteria, convention center, gardens, parking areas, warehouses;
1997-1999 - Design Management for Pfizer;
1996 - Interior Design 4 star Hotel in city centre of Rome Residence delle Quattro Fontane;
1995 - New building in City center in Rome for Bank of Italy, more than 25,000 square meters - high security spec.
Architecture Design & Construction, Development and Operations and management consulting in technical environments across a number of sectors; hospitality, property utilities and infrastructures.
Experience: 20+ yearsEducation:La Sapienza University of Rome ItalyAffiliations:Registered at Order of Architecs Italy OAPPC License n. 11431
Awards:Honors in Classical Studies (Diploma)
+800 Millions Euro the value of budgets of projects I have designed and managed form 2000 to date.
WS ATKINS Overseas Ltd, Kuwait, KW, Principal Architect / Project Manager
Luca is managing an international design team of Architects and Engineers delivering two major projects:
New Justice Palace Palace – Kuwait City: This is an iconic 48-storey development complex with two towers, 200,000 square meters internal surfaces. Client is Ministry of Public Works and end user is Ministry of Justice.
The New Islamic Centre, Al Jaber City, Kuwait: This mixed use development is considered a landmark project in Kuwait and includes one of largest Mosque in Middle East for 10.000 prayers and six service buildings (Seraj al Moneer, Kuram Al Kareem, Library, Family building, Administration, Amiri Diwanya, for 30,000 square meters gross area). Client is the National Housing Authority for Public Welfare.
Luca Tentellini & Partners Architecture & Design, Roma, IT, Principal
Projects Design Director
2011 – Present (1 year) Italy
LEFCA is part of the Caltagirone group, a family owned Real Estate Development and General Contracting group. Caltagirone is the largest investor in the construction sector in Italy in terms of turnover and volume of constructions. Luca is providing professional services supporting LEFCA in designing and build up new large residential and commercial developments in Italy. A new master plan (mixed use) residential and commercial urban complex is on construction 30 Km from Rome City center (more than 400 apartments and various retail spaces). Mission:
Define, mantain overall control on budget, scope of works, design specifications and client's requirements since initial stage of concept design.
• Managing team members to meet the project goals and providing guidance to designers, drafters, and architects.
• Reviewing design documents in all phases for design intent use of materials and master plan objectives.
• Coordinating with consultants, contractors and regulatory agencies with regards to any design changes.
• Attendance at on-site workshops, observations, reviews and compliance checks on the reviewed design work.
• Production of detailed Design Review Reports.
• Analysing building and zoning codes and applying to reviewed designs.
Project Design Director
Edilmonte Roma Generale Costruzioni srl
May 2010 – May 2011 (1 year 1 month)
Edilmonte is a General Contractor owned by Ferro family, a Real Estate Developer based in Italy (Rome) with main operations in Hotels Industry and Oil & Gas sector.
Mission: to bring 4-star hotel project to completion. Responsible for the execution of the Contract in terms of the main contractual obligations.
The project is a 4 star Hotel & Resort with 306 bays, convention centre, spa and various amenities now entering in FF & E phase. Soft opening is scheduled for December 2011. Budget approximately US $ 100 Millions.
•Project delivery – Supervising Planning - Engineering and Design
•Change management – Represent the Company to face Operator, consultants and sub-contractors
•Budget & financial management
•Contract management - Procurement management
• Site Supervision
Project Design Director Consultant
Lorenzo Bellini Associates
Architecture & Planning industry
March 2010 – March 2011 (1 year 1 month)
Lorenzo is the leading Hotel Designer in Italy and an archistar in Industrial Design and luxury Interiors sector. With over 30 years of experience he has on his Portfolio various Hotels designed all over the world which are rated in the "Leading Hotels and Resorts in the World". The firm designed Hotels and Resorts operated by Hilton, Sheraton, Millennium Copthorne, Melia, Travel Charme, Le Meridien and others International Brands.
For Lorenzo Bellini Associates Luca managed Interior Design of two Hotels on construction in the UAE (Al Ain and Fujairah) to be operated by Millennium Copthorne and a technical due diligence over a large luxury beach resort on completion in Sardegna island (Italy) named Grande Baia and operated by THC. Luca managed two large hospitality and mixed - use projects on development in Libya (Tripoli and Benghazi). Unfortunately due to the incoming civil war in Libya those projects were putted on hold during Feb. 2011.
Design Manager Free Lance Consultant
April 2009 – September 2010 (1 year 6 months)
Free lance Consultancy for an Arab Consultancy with offices in Dhoa (Qatar) and Rome (Italy).
I directed the design management efforts for all existing and new projects development in Qatar and KSA (Riyadh), and I was primarily responsible for driving new design initiatives for all new build projects, and performed presentations to clients, investors and sub-consultants.
Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Construction industry
July 2009 – March 2010 (9 months)
Luca was responsible for the contract negotiation, contract assesment and execution of the start up of contract in terms of the main contractual obligations, budget/financial & operations . Managed an Engineering Procurement & Construction contract LPG3 ( 19 new Industrial, Commercial and Residential Buildings & Civil works related to a new large Gas extraction plant) with a budget of 22,5 Millions Euro (USD $ 30 Millions). Site is based in Hassi Messaoud (South East of Algeria). Client is SAIPEM Eni Sonatrach (France and Algeria). Project includes infratructures (roads, water supply, sewage etc..), industrial, residential, administrative buildings MEP, HCVAC & electrical installations and interior fit –out.
•Leadership of the project and the team to deliver the work, safely and to the schedule and budget in the contract
•Management of effective communications with the customer, the project team and external authorities
•Management of the team ( Projects Engineers, Architects, Site Manager, Procurement Mng, doc. Handling, Quantity Surveyors, Procurement team, external consultants…)
•Project delivery – Supervising Planning - Engineering and Design
•Change management – Represent the Company to face Client, consultants and sub-contractors
•Budget & Financial management
•Contract management - Procurement management
Senior Project Architect
ALARGAN International Real Estate Company
Public Company; 51-200 employees; Real Estate industry
August 2008 – July 2009 (1 year)
As Senior PA Luca Tentellini was appointed to manage a team having responsibilities in supervising Design/Built process of the Oberoi Resort at Al Khairan (Muscat) in Oman and Al Qurums Gardens Apartments and Retail. Qurm Gardens is a mixed-use development which has already received recognition and was awarded the "CNBC Arabian Award" for Best Architecture in 2007. The Company’s upcoming boutique hotel, The Oberoi Resort at Al Khiran, is another project which has also received recognition. The unique 82 key resort was given the “Cityscape Award” for Architecture in Emerging Markets in the Leisure Future category. The Oberoi Resort is an exclusive 5 stars resort development in the stunning harbor of Al Khiran. Alargan has signed a Hotel Management Agreement with the Oberoi Group (the leading luxury hotels and resort operator in Asia) to operate the resort.
• Oversee and assist with the planning & development of design consultant’s contracts
• Assist in developing the design brief /program and related plans
• Manage consultants, conduct design review, and provide technical support and co-ordination with the architectural design works, in keeping with the company's standards and relevant international codes of practice
• Lead the preparation of interior design materials and standards
• Supervise the execution of Interior decoration works to ensure the achievement of highest quality and standards
• Co-ordinate with quantity surveyor on interior design cost, administration and expediting of the design phase, specialist design review and development reviews, evaluations and updates
• Assist in all technical drawings, specifications and documentation relating to the Interior design of different components / phases of the project
• Oversee the review process of all structural and MEP designs and assist in all design submittals from all consultants to ensure compliance with architectural and cultural guidelines
Managing Project Design Director
Public Company; 10,001+ employees; SYK; Medical Devices industry
January 2005 – June 2008 (3 years 6 months)
Managed design & built of the 10.900 sqm new building in Italy:
Mixed use industrial/directional development new building in Italy (Formello, Rome area): offices, warehouses, health care labs, nursery, convention center, mess - cafeteria, parking areas; 22 Millions Euro total budget; Delivered to client during June 2008.
Direct disegn and business, manage the staff and supervise financial operations. Responsibilities include:
- Overall accountability for the success of each project and for ensuring the client is able to realize the expected business benefits from the use of the relevant portfolio.
- Cost accounting and administrative tasks ensuring peak profit performance.
- Work with Architects, Engineers, QS and Managers to prepare each development for progress examination at each Approval Gateway of the Development Control Process and through documentary evidence provide assurance to the client and other members of the Board that each project can progress successfully to the next stage in its lifecycle.
- Ensure all aspects of firm governance are in place i.e. establishes structures, processes and procedures that ensure each project sustains and extends client strategies and objectives
- Senior client engagement up to and including senior executive level.
- Leading, influencing and managing change within a complex environment.
- Detailed knowledge/experience of best practice Programmed Management methodology.
- Working within a matrix organization and managing cross-cultural teams.
- Management of outsourcing contracts.
Home office responsibilities include also providing quality pre-construction consulting, concept design, architectural design, building permit, and projecting management services. Provide critical strategic planning: execute project design staging.
I.F.B. Stroder srl
January 2006 – December 2007 (2 years)
Developed Strategic Briefing, Space Planning, Building Consultancy and
Valuation, architectural and systems design alternatives and cost estimates for the new H.Q. in
Florence (Italy); Project in Florence for 27,5 Millions Euro Budget.
Architectural Interior Designer
Various private clients
January 1997 – December 2004 (8 years)
Various luxury Residential Interiors & Villas for private clients
Project Design Director
Privately Held; 10,001+ employees; Pharmaceuticals industry
March 1999 – April 2003 (4 years 2 months)
Responsible for managing construction projects and ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements and highest quality standards. Controlled and managed overhead and project budget costs; approved selection of subcontractors, systems and materials decisions. Performed cost accounting and administrative tasks ensuring peak profit performance.
Managed the Design & Built process of the 8.800 sqm new buildings in Rome: Class A directional scheme of 8,800 sqm with 5-storey offices, meetings areas, mess - cafeteria, convention center, gardens, parking areas, warehouses. Realized and delivered in March 2003 with 31,5 Millions Euro budget.
Design Manager Consultant
Public Company; 10,001+ employees; PFE; Pharmaceuticals industry
January 1997 – December 2000 (4 years)
Developed Strategic Briefing, Space Planning, Design Guidelines, Building Consultancy and Real Estate Valuation, architectural and systems design alternatives and cost estimates for the new H.Q. in Rome (Italy)
Project Design Architect (Consultancy)
Residence delle Quattro Fontane
January 1996 – November 1997 (1 year 11 months)
Renovation and Interior Design of a 4 stars Hotel in an ancient buildings (XVIII Century) located in the city centre (Rome Italy).
Junior Project Manager
Construzioni Generali Gilardi spA
May 1995 – December 1996 (1 year 8 months)
Managed construction process for a major Italian General Contractor Company (Projects managed include new building in Rome for Banca d’Italia – a large project for Italian Government, more than 25,000 sqm – 32,5 Euro Millions budget).
Assistant Art Director – Set Designer – Production Designer
In Features Film Industries
April 1987 – November 1993 (6 years 8 months)
In Features Films Industries
1993 – Production Designer: Various commercial movies.
1992 - Production Designer – “Scene di vita Amorosa” directed by Peter del Monte.
1990 - Set Designer – “The Godfather Part III” Directed by F. F. Coppola.
Produced by Paramount Pictures.
1990 – Assistant Art Director – “The Bachelor” Directed by R. Faenza.
1989 – Assistant Art Director – “Etoile” directed by Peter del Monte.
1988 – Assistant art Director “Il Segreto” directed by Francesco Maselli.
1987 - Assistant Art Director – “La visione del Sabba” dir. by M. Bellocchio.
Studio di Architettura Bertini Malgarini - Studio Piroddi & Donato Architects
January 1984 – December 1986 (3 years)
Italian (Native or bilingual proficiency)
English (Full professional proficiency)
French (Full professional proficiency)
Sapienza - Università di Roma, Roma, IT, MArch, Architecture
Master’s Degree of Science in Architecture and Urbanism (Doctor in Architecture; Laurea Specialistica V.O. 3 + 2 years = 5), 1994; Passed with full marks.
Liceo Classico Statale G. Mameli, Roma, IT, High School, Classical Studies
Summa cum laude in Classical Studies, Liceo Classico Statale G.Mameli, Rome, Italy, 1979;