AKA is an architectural practice founded in Rome in 2000 by its three associates: Federica Caccavale, Alessandro Casadei and Paolo Pineschi.
Over the course of its years of existence AKA has been engaged in numerous architectural projects in various scales, from urban masterplanning to interior and temporary exhibitions design, working in all the phases, with particular attention to the themes of hospitality and retail.
Among the major projects a hotel and cultural facilities for the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising, the expansions of the Headquarters of United Nations World Food Programme, the Headquarters of the ADNKronos Press Agency, a Prototype of Noise Reduction Barrier commissioned by the Italian Railways (RFI), the restoration of the German Archaeological Institute in Rome, the GMC Congress Centre, the refurbishment of the German Ambassador’s Residence in Rome, the renovation of the Cassa Depositi e Prestiti Headquarters, a complex including a mall, an hotel, an office building and a public park in the “Castelli Romeni” region, as well as the Project Management for Arsenal Section of the 2000 Venice Biennial.
AKA has participated in many national and international architectural competitions with success results, winning and receiving numerous acknowledgments: 1st prize in the Cetes competition for a TV centre and school facilities in Reggio Calabria, 1st prize for the project of Caselle Torinese new City Hall, 1st prize for an ecological house prototype to be commercialized In Germany, Switzerland and Italy, 2nd prize for the Monserrato University Building in Cagliari, 2nd prize for the extension of Farnesina High School in Rome, 3rd prize for the Felino Didactic centre in Italy, honourable mention for a Food and Agricultural Centre in Samugheo, honourable mention for the new Cosenza’s planetary, honourable mention for a Daycare Center in Cazzago San Martino, honourable mention for an elementary school in Bagno a Ripoli, Italy.
In 2014 with a restricted competition procedure managed by the Banco Mundial AKA has been chosen, in association with Tecnic Engineering, to develop a masterplan for the redesign of the Ring Road of the Brasilian metropolis of Belo Horizonte.
Some of AKA’s works have been published in various Italians and International magazines including: C3, Dezeen, Area, Design +, Arketipo, ONoffice, Space Korea, Concept, Perspective Hong Kong, Architettura Bioclimatica, Il Sole 24 Ore, Il Mondo, Vimadeco Mag, Architettura Naturale, Class, Edilizia e Territorio.