Pier Alessio Rizzardi

Pier Alessio Rizzardi

Milan, IT



Pier Alessio Rizzardi is an architect, researcher and theoretician, founder of TCA Think Tank. Since 2013 he’s been an Assistant Professor at Polytechnic University of Milan, Faculty of Architecture, journalist for l'ARCA International Magazine, correspondent for STUDIO Architecture and Urbanism Magazine, Coordinator of the Series of Books "Protagonisti".

He studied architecture in Polytechnic University of Milan and at FAU-USP, Sao Paulo and obtained Master's Degree at Polytechnic University of Milan. Since 2007 he had collaborated with UMM Sao PauloBamford Dash Architecture in Melbourne, MUDI-JDS in Shanghai and AMproject in Milan.

In 2011 he founded TCA Think Tank, an international research group aiming at producing projects and researches, pushing the understanding of the nowadays situation, exploring the Theoretical Condition of Architecture. Pier Alessio Rizzardi has been published on books, magazines and online platforms among the others MARK, East West Innovation, GIZMOArchDailyDesignboom.

He was the curator of the conference “The Condition of Chinese Architecture: Liu Xiaodu Talks” in Polytechnic of Milan University, he hosted the Forum "Mountains Beyond Mountains" in Chinese Pavilion in Venice Biennale Fundamentals and he was guest of the discussion “The Future of The Museum in China” in Beijing at STUDIO X in collaboration with Columbia University.


Assistant professor - Politecnico di Milano, Faculty of Civil Architecture, Milano, IT, Tutor

2014 / Design Studio 2 / Prof. Remo Dorigati
The teaching experience focuses on design strategies which are supported by the concepts of Environment and Landscape stating a new vision of context idea. The architectural design is placed in a spatial complexity where the site as physical phenomenon is mixed with the site as cultural phenomenon. The main theme of the design experience concerns the way through which ideas take shape.

2013 / Building Technology Studio / Joseph Di Pasquale
The Building Technology Studio aims at introducing the students to the complexity of the design process of a building, from the concept and briefing stage to the development of the documents needed to communicate design information to the construction stage.

Sep 2013 - current

l'Arca International - Architecture Magazine, Milan, IT, Freelance

I'm a collaborator of the magazine l'Arca International. My job is to compose graphics, to research and to lay out the publications.

Sep 2012 - current

TCA Think Tank, Milan, IT, Director

Oct 2011 - current

AM Progetti, Milan, IT, Freelance

I'm in charge of editing the publication of AM Progetti studio.

Jan 2013 - Jul 2013

MUDI Shanghai, Shanghai, CN, intern

Design concept developer. Layout presentation and concept images.

Sep 2011 - Feb 2012

Bamford - Dash Architecture, Melbourne, AU, Intern

Design Architecture and Landscape

May 2009 - Aug 2009

UMM Uniao dos Movimentos de Moradia, São Paulo, BR, architect

Projects about slam areas in the periphery of Sao Paulo. Responsible of the design process. Public relator between the comunity of Brasilandia and the Governament of the state of Sao Paulo supported by ONG UMM SP.

Aug 2007 - Dec 2007


Politecnico di Milano, Milano, IT, MArch, Architecture

Feb 2009 - Dec 2012

Politecnico di Milano, Milano, IT, BArch, Architettura e Società

Sep 2004 - Sep 2008

University of São Paulo (USP), São Paulo, BR, BArch, Exchange program

Feb 2007 - Mar 2008

Areas of Specialization