GICO studio is an architecture practice based in Rome, Italy. It focuses on international projects related  to the broad realm of architecture at various scales and through all phases of design and construction. The studio is the consolidation of the work of architect Giovanni Cozzani.

GICO’s work is driven by typological and theoretical research, with an unapologetic interest in modernity. A holistic approach is complemented by an economical use of  the available means, with the final aim to obtain a rational yet idiosyncratic architecture. The studio uses commissions and competitions as platforms for innovation in a frame that allows the design practice to be developed on the side of research and teaching.

GICO’s work began in the U.S., but has since grown internationally to include projects throughout Italy, Algeria and Luxembourg, spanning a variety of scales – from exhibition design to hospitality; from industrial buildings to administrative centers. The practice is currently constructing a growing experience in the complete development of singular buildings with a strong relevance from both formal and technical perspective.


Giovanni Cozzani - Architect
obtained his Master of Architecture from Sapienza University in Rome. He obtained a postgraduate Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University in New York. He worked as junior architect at Mario Cucinella Architects, in Bologna, Italy, as Architectural Designer at Selldorf Architects in New York, and was a member of the collective Warehouse of Architecture and Research. Giovanni taught as teaching assistant at Sapienza University and at Politecnico di Milano, and as Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University. He has been a critic in reviews at various institutions and universities including Columbia University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and University of Miami, and currently teaches at Istituto Europeo del Design. Giovanni is the reciepent of the Honor Award for Excellence in Design by Columbia University GSAPP (2017) and the Excellent Graduate of the Year award by Sapienza University (2015). He is a licensed architect, member of the Order of Architects of Rome.

Elena Sofia Congiu - Architect
obtained her Master of Architecture from Sapienza University in Rome with one year of studies at ENSAPL in Lille. She obtained a postgraduate Master in City & Housing from ETH of Zurich and UPM in Madrid with specialization in collective housing. Elena worked as junior architect at Auxau atelier d'architecture and at JNC Landscape and Urban Office in Brussels, and as Architectural Designer at Adamo Faiden in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is co-founder and member of the collective Eterotopia. She is a licensed architect, member of the Order of Architects of Rome. Elena is part of GICO studio since 2019. 

Adriana Pla Lopez - Architect
obtained her Degree in Architecture from ETSAB UPC in Barcelona, with one year of studies at Sapienza University in Rome, and her Master of Architecture from ETSAV UPC in Sant Cugat del Vallès. She worked as junior architect at AIS Arquitectura Ingenieria Salud and Estudi d’arquitectura Julio Garnica in Barcelona. She worked at Andrea Ravagnani Architects RVA in Rome. Adriana is part of GICO studio since 2022.

Konstantina Gavriilidou

Past Collaborators:
Miruna Ioana Georgescu, Flaminia Iacobini, Anastasia Barasheva, Michele Di Maggio


There is currently no open position at GICO studio. We, however, always consider spontaneous applications for internships. Please send your CV and digital portfolio (10 mb max) in pdf format to