derek pirozzi

derek pirozzi

Sarasota, FL, US


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I believe in the fundamental concepts of architecture.

It is not about style, a cultural fad or following a popular idiosyncrasy, but instead a vessel which enhances the dialogue between man and environment. There exists a benevolent union, created through sacrifice, diligence and the love for producing a useful, meaningful object. Great contemporary architecture acts like a sailboat capturing the wind, creating a magnanimous relationship between the natural and man made.

Our environment becomes the precedent.


I believe in the act of making.

I recently spent time with visiting lecturer Juhani Pallasmaa. He said, “all great architects continue to work with their hands throughout their lives,” and he encouraged me to continue to do so as well. There is great joy in this. I have continued to produce projects since graduation last spring through wood working, metal working and welding, as well as using contemporary methods of production with the Laser Cutter, CNC Router, 3D Printer, and Water Jet.


I am excited about the future.

Having recently graduated with my Master’s degree in Architecture, I wish to begin working in an environment that is dedicated to exploring a sophisticated understanding of the practice of architecture.


While attending the University of South Florida, I held several leadership positions including two consecutive terms as AIAS President in which I represented the school to the student body, AIA Tampa Bay Board of Directors, and the larger professional architecture community.


I have been fortunate enough to graduate as one of the top designers in my class having been nominated for two Outstanding Portfolio Awards, the Eduardo Garcia Award (the school’s highest design honor ), the recipient of the 2012 Thesis Award and the AIA Tampa Bay President’s Award.



Derek Pirozzi Design Workshop LLC, Sarasota, FL, US, Owner and Lead Designer

Dec 2014 - current

Jonathan Parks Architect, Sarasota Colony, FL, US, Intern Architect

Architectural Intern

Oct 2013 - Dec 2014

Oppenheim Architecture + Design, Miami, FL, US, Intern Architect

Aug 2013 - Oct 2013

Olson Kundig Architects, Seattle, WA, US, Intern Architect

6 month prestigious internship position.

Jan 2013 - Jul 2013

twelfth Street Studio Architectural Workshop, Tampa, FL, US, Junior Architect

Junior Architect Position. Working with Revit and creating 3d visualization.

Jun 2012 - Dec 2012


University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, US, MArch, Architecture

2012 Masters of Architecture and Community Design

Sep 2004 - May 2012


Evolo International Skyscraper Competition, 1st Place

20123 Evolo International Skyscraper Competition. Polar Umbrella. During the last decades of global warming, the polar ice caps have experienced a severe rise in temperature causing the northern and southern ice shelves to become thin, fractured, and melt into the ocean. Rebuilding the arctic layers is the primary objective of this proposal which cools down the Earth’s surface by reducing heat gain in vulnerable arctic regions.

The Polar Umbrella’s buoyant super-structure becomes a statement for the prevention of future depletion of our protective arctic region. Through its desalinization and power facilities, this arctic skyscraper becomes a floating metropolis equipped with NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) research laboratories, renewable power stations, dormitory-style housing units, eco-tourist attractions, and ecological habitats for wildlife. A series of these structures would be strategically located in the most affected areas.

Salt water is used to produce a renewable source of energy through an osmotic (salinity gradient power) power facility housed within the building’s core. In addition, the structure’s immense canopy allows for the reduction of heat gain on the arctic surface while harvesting solar energy. The umbrella’s thermal skin boasts a series of modules that are composed of a polyethylene piping system that pumps brackish water. Finally, the Polar Umbrella also regenerates the ice caps using harvest chambers that freeze the ocean water.


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