The Empire is an architecture and planning office founded in 2013 by Ludovico Centis.

The office’s wide-ranging activity involves both design and teaching, and both research and writing. The Empire designs interiors and ephemeral installations, buildings and public spaces, large-scale projects and territorial visions. The Empire’s research focuses on the ways in which individuals and institutions, as well as desires and power, shape cities and landscapes.

Ludovico Centis is an architect, and co-founder and editor of the architecture magazine San Rocco. He has been a partner at the architectural office Salottobuono from 2007 to 2012. Centis has a PhD in Urbanism (Università IUAV di Venezia). He has lectured and taught in Italian and international universities, such as Università IUAV di Venezia (Venice), the Politecnico in Milan, the Architectural Association School of Architecture (London), Cornell University (Ithaca,NY), Princeton University (Princeton, NJ). Centis has been the 2013–14 Peter Reyner Banham Fellow at the University at Buffalo–SUNY. During the spring of 2015 he has been at the CLUI as a participant in the Wendover Residence Program.  Centis was awarded a 2018 Getty Library Research Grant at the Getty Center in Los Angeles and has been a Research Fellow in Architecture and Urbanism at Università IUAV di Venezia from 2018 to 2020. Centis has been in 2019 adjunct professor at Università IUAV di Venezia and at Politecnico di Milano. He is currently a visiting school programme head at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. 

Collaborators since 2013: Sam Khakipoor, Yoichi Iwamoto, Anastasiia Stryzhevska, Maya Zheliazkova, Martina Tolotti, Joseph Swerdlin, Zakaria Boucetta, Storm Armstrong, Kaitlyn O’Connell, Peter Urban, Mark Belles, Adam Feldman, Emanuele Santochirico, Uros Vukovic, Nadezhda Safronova, Thuy Hang Le, Minh Huyen Nguyen, Anna Mikhailova, Sarvenaz Askari, Jana Stojanovic, Shahdan Adel Mamdouh Mohammed Mamdouh, Ivana Cobejova, Hakan Yarman, Tandis Toofanian, Tommaso Petrosino, Elizabeth Selby, Jawad Nazzal, Georgina Petrussa, Zhanna Beglaryan, Matteo Vianello, Omid Mojrisazan Tousi, Paride Zambelli, Franziska Goedicke, Yueqi Ma, Eleni Pediaditaki, Merna Amr Mohamed Nasreldin Rakha, Barbara Xu, Yara Teresa Gibin, Nodar Dekanosidze, Angela Moretto, Maja Ghannoum, Vittorio Cusan, Berk Ozturk, Sana Zanjanchi, Siavash Bahrami.


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