Elisa Lanzutti

Elisa Lanzutti

Philadelphia, PA, US

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Determined to progress as a valuable designer who can generate innovative ideas, transform them into buildings and positively contribute to people’s well-being and society sustainability.

Eager to be involved in projects “From the spoon to the town”, and to collaborate with inspiring team members with interdisciplinary backgrounds to continue improving personal and professional skills.


Multicultural background developed through 12 years of both work in a foreign professional architectural practice and multiple academic experiences in different countries.

Fascinated by architecture theory as well as technical construction aspects and feasibility processes.

Entrepreneurial oriented professional, currently establishing her own architectural firm that will be mainly focused on residential and commercial projects and growing her own independent and equitable development company.  Creative in seeking hidden potential in buildings and aiming at adding value through good design. 

  • Professional Qualifications

Passive House Consultant - CPHC (PHIUS)                 January 2019

Registered Architect – Pennsylvania                              February 2018

NCARB Certified (USA)                                                   January 2018

LEED Green Associate -  (GBCI)                                    February 2013

Licensed Architect - (ARB) - London, UK                        August 2010

Certificate of Professional Practice & Management in Architecture  

Bartlett School of Architecture, University College of London - London, UK                                                                                                        January 2011 - April 2011

Professional Examination for Licensed Architects

Università degli Studi di Trieste, Facoltà di Architettura - Trieste, Italy                                                                                                                  December 2009

  • Skills

Professional knowledge and use of most common architecture software including: AutoCAD, Revit, SketchUP, 3D Studio, InDesign and Adobe Photoshop, Athena. Good knowledge of DLR and automatic digital cameras.
English: excellent fluency (written/spoken)
Italian: native language
Spanish: business fluency (written/spoken)
* Excellent capacity to express ideas enthusiastically and in different languages. Listening is always the first step for a good communication. Formulating good questions is the second one;
* Synergistic and inspiring team mate. Team work is an essential requirement for good design;
* Natural ability to develop good relationships with people. A positive environment is the main condition for useful collaborations; * Consolidated adaptability to new places, cultures, people, situations.  Sharing and building on experiences and is the highway to personal creativity;
* Ability to get the job done with a high level of precision and care. Time smartly invested upfront often results in avoiding pro
blems at a later stage;
* Good stress management. Pressure is essential to push current abilities to the limit and reach  new goals in life;
* Interested in continuous professional and personal development. The more I learn, the more I can offer back.

  • Interests

Traveling - to discover new horizons and get surprised
Dancing tango - to learn how to trust my partner and perform
Practicing yoga - to continuously challenge myself and enjoy inner balance
Photography - to show the world from my point of view
Cooking - to share nice feelings and tasty food
Sewing - to express my style
Reading - to satisfy curiosity and fly with my imagination
Cinema - to explore human and social behaviors
Volunteering - to help and learn



ArchitecturaLAB LLC, Conshohocken, PA, US, Principal - Architect

* In the process of establishing an architecture firm that will focus on residential and small commercial projects.
* Committed to promote an environmentally sustainable design approaches, innovative construction techniques and the integration of advanced systems to achieve green building ratings and certifications (LEED, Passive House, NGBS, GBI). * Dedicated to grow the practice as a laboratory of collaborations between different professions (Art, Psychology, Science, Real Estate etc.) to explore new possible living approaches, way of perceiving the spaces and using the built environment. * Committed to promote the role of the Architect-as-Developer to seek greater opportunities of project leadership, more freedom in the design process, more control over building quality.

Apr 2018 - current

JKRP Architects, Philadelphia, PA, US, Project Coordinator

* Responsible for project managing a number of hospitality developments in different states from beginning to substantial completion for a national corporate client. * Point of contact for client relationship and project development. * Main leader for the coordination of in house design teams and all relationships with consultants. * Routine participation in site progress assessments and quality inspections. * Involved in the zoning submissions and schematic design for some residential projects in Philadelphia.
* Point of contact of an international design team based in Panama to coordinate and translate a construction documentation developed in English and Imperial system into Spanish and Metric system.

Jan 2014 - Jul 2017

JKRP Architects, Philadelphia, Designer

* Involved in on-site surveys and construction documentation production for retail and commercial projects either for shell buildings and tenants fit-out; * Responsible for all interior and exterior finishes selection and presentation boards preparation.
* In charge with the Construction documentation approval process and on-site visits.

Oct 2013 - Jan 2014

Studio CH, London, UK / Philadelphia, USA, Freelance Architect

* Involved in interior design and extensions projects, both for office spaces and residential uses; * Participated in the preparation of client presentations, tenders and construction drawings packages.
Intern Architect

May 2012 - Jul 2012

SCH Architects, Philadelphia, Architectural Assistant/ Intern Architect

* Involved in all construction process, from preliminary design to post construction assessment, from design concepts to technical detail drafting; * Experience in mixed use projects from residential to commercial and familiar with new building construction, refurbishment and extensions; * Design experience at different scales from quick turnaround interior design projects (from $200k) to complete urban block master-plans (up to $17M); * Directly coordinated activities across team of consultants, technicians, contractor, sub-contractors and real estate managers; * Involved in site progress assessments and quality inspections; * Contributed to achieve the BREAM environmental impact certification for relevant projects; * Took part in preliminary litigation appraisal between client/contractor linked to construction extension of time claims; * Coordinator of a number of students during their first work experience or year out.

Aug 2007 - Jul 2011

Center Sustainable Building Research, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA, Research Scholar

* Conducted an original research to compare environmental impacts of traditional and innovative (OVE, SIP and SEP) wood systems; * Aanalyzed and developed a methodology to compare traditional structures with innovative construction systems using a software impact estimator.

Oct 2005 - Jul 2006


Universitá degli Studi di Trieste, Trieste, Italy, MArch, Master of Architecture

Sep 2000 - May 2007

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA, International Research Program Scholarship

Oct 2005 - Jul 2006

Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Valencia, Spain, BArch, Exchange Program Scholarship

Oct 2004 - Jul 2005

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