The Bureau

Patrick de Gayardon was a pioneer of the design and use of the flying wing suit. He relentlessly followed his childlike dream of flying till the end, occurring in a parachute malfunction in 1998. He was a dreamer, a stuntman and an inventor.

The Bureau is an office for architecture, landscape and cities, currently based in Italy. 

We operate as a collective intelligence within the threshold between project and research: here the pooling of skills aims to the most simple result, through a rigorous creative and rational process. 

We believe real and powerful design lies at the point where naiviete and magic meet rationalism, research, and experimentation. 

In 2016 the Bureau is selected among the 4 finalists in the international competition hosted by the Nordic Built Organization, for the proposal of a new central public space in Furuset, in the outskirts of Oslo, Norway.

In 2015 the Bureau gets selected among the 5 finalists of the Young Architecture Program, at MAXXI Rome - YAP 2016.

In 2015 de Gayardon Bureau won the 2nd prize in the international competition Euopan 13 - Germany. The project was a collaboration with architecture practice LaPrimaStanza from Cesena, and dealt with urban scale transformation strategies of a former mine into a new logistic hub.

In 2015 the Bureau, together with arch. Bianca Barducci e prof. Matteo Zavalloni, received a honorable mention for a project of preservation and intensification of urban orchards in the city-docks of Ravenna.

In 2015 de Gayardon Bureau won the 1st prize in an international competition for a Landfill Regeneration in Austria, with the project WWW (Wasser-Wald-Wiener Neustadt). The project was also selected and received the 3rd prize at the RI.U.SO. award (Sustainable Urban Regeneration) promoted by the Italian Board of Architects CNAPPC and SAIE Bologna 2015.

In 2014 de Gayardon Bureau was invited to the 14th International Architecture Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia - Fundamentals (curated by Rem Koolhaas OMA), to display a survey about Italian Tourism. The exhibition “Dancing Around Ghosts - Milano Marittima’s Panem et Circenses” took place at the Corderie dell’Arsenale, within the section of Monditalia.

In 2014 the Bureau won the 2nd prize for a public square in Kragero (Norway) and participated in the urban design competition with a preliminary selection for the new market square in Neustadt am Kulm (Germany). 

In 2013 de Gayardon Bureau participated to the team in charge of the project design of  the system of public green spaces in Borgo La Martella (Matera, Italy). The project, financed by the Ministry of Infrastructure, falls within the framework of Matera’s nomination as European Capital of Culture 2019.

arch. Sara Angelini

Architect, landscape architect and civil engineer, Sara Angelini founded de Gayardon Bureau together with architect Alessio Valmori in summer 2013.

The office merges the previous experience of the architecture collective Temporary-In (New Italian Blood selection among the 10 best Italian landscape architecture practices under 36). 

Before the Bureau Sara collaborated with Italian and international offices such as MasuPlanning (Copenhagen), stARTT (Rome), p’arc landscape architecture (Cesena). 

In 2012 she achieved numerous awards for landscape projects including 3rd prize at the Competition of Ideas Art Park in the district Casanova in Bozen (IT). Her projects were published in Domus and mentioned in two competitions promoted by magazines: Cityvision magazine (Pffff ... inflat- able pavillion) and Domus (Project Heracles competition). 

She participated as a tutor in the international workshop “Landworks Sardinia“ in 2012 (coordinator arch. Stephan Tischer). 

She is currently teaching Art Semiotics at IED Istituto Europeo di Design in Florence. 

She graduated in March 2009 from the Faculty of Engineering of Bologna with a thesis developed at the Escola de Arquitectura do Minho (during her Erasmus study period) and subsequently published in the journal Elements of Architecture “Journey to Portugal, inside and outside the territories of architecture“. 

Among her early work experiences: restoration of the Jewish Cemetery of Bologna (2008, with SGLab); participation in the Biennale of Landscape Urbanism in Bat Yam, Israel, 72 Hours Competition (2010). In 2008, she was an Italian correspondent for the project The Bears Walk - Uneternal City (Venice Biennale)

arch. Alessio Valmori

Architect and urban planner, he is a founding partner of de Gayardon Bureau.

His professional experience has mainly developed in Denmark, where he resides from 2009 to 2013, working for several international practices.

In 2013 he is at  COBE (Copenhagen) participating, in the competition for the redevelopment of the railway areas for Bari Centrale (3rd prize).  

In 2010, he works for BIG (Copenhagen), where he takes part to the project design for the Faroe Islands school, the early stages of the Manhattan West 57 and the landscape competition for a new energy park outside Stockholm (first prize). 

In 2009 he works at Transform (Aahurs) on a feasibility study for an integrated commercial district in Bergen (collaboration with COBE), an invited competition for a villa in Bratislava and  the renovation of a central district of the city of Drammen in Norway.

He achieves a Master degree in Architecture from the University of Florence in 2012, with a thesis in History and Urban Theory (Prof. Ezio Godoli) on the evolution of the tourist town of Milano Marittima, “The Machine in the Landscape”. The thesis book wins the prize studies Gino Pilandri 2013 in the city of Cervia. 

Before graduation, he participates to the Venice Biennale in “the City of Stone” (2006), and as an external collaborator in the project “The Bear’s Walk - Unaethernal City” (2008).

He is currently teaching Art Semiotics at IED Istituto Europeo di Design in Florence. 


arch. Dania Marzo

Architect and Ph.D. Student, Dania Marzo is partner of de Gayardon Bureau since 2014. 

She is currently developing research on temporary use of cultural sites, within the framework of the Ph.D. program in Analysis and Management of Cultural Heritage at IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca.

Since 2009 she is member of the Chamber of Architects in Florence. She collaborated with offices in Berlin (Behles und Jochimsen Architekten, 2009-10) and Florence (Ipostudio, 2010-14), mainly in the field of the restoration and reuse of built heritage. With Ipostudio, she participated in the final and construction project for the MUDI Museum (Brunelleschi’s Spedale degli Innocenti in Florence), assisting the works’ direction and management.

In 2010 she co-founded the collective Temporaryin (among the awards, 2nd prize in the competition for the reuse of Forte Pozzarello in Argentario, special mention for the extension of the Provincial Library of Campobasso), then merged into de Gayardon bureau. 

She holds a degree in Architecture from the University of Florence (2008). Her thesis “Two open air theatres in the Girifalco Fortress of Cortona. History and project” (Prof. G. Pirazzoli, Prof. A. Belluzzi) was part of a collective project on the Fortress reuse, ended up with an exhibition in MAEC Cortona, and with the restoration of one bulwark.

During her studies in Florence and Paris (Erasmus at ENSA Paris - Val de Seine), she took part in design competition and workshops, among which: Arturbain - Sèminaire Robert Auzelle “Reconsidérer le lotissement, comme ensemble urbain à la mesure humaine” (2008, Mention Qualité Architecturale); workshop “Incompiuto Siciliano – the Florence step”, with Alterazioni Video, exhibition Green Platform, hosted by Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, Florence.


The Bureau couldn't exist without its strong network of collaborations: talented architects who are and have been putting their best effort in making the collective cause possible and growing. 

arch. MAA Colm O'Brien has contributed to the foundation and first projects of the office, and remains today an important consultant for the activity of the Bureau .

arch. Valentina Cavalli: brand-new junior architect in the team.

interns Gemma Galassi, Matteo Manelli, Marta Rodrigues