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TRA STUDIO architecture PLLC, Principal


Caterina Roiatti received her Doctor in Architecture Degree from the IUAV Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia in Italy, she is a Fulbright Scholar and received in 1985  her Master in Architecture from Harvard, where she attended both the GSD, and the Harvard Business School.

After being trained as a fine arts painter at the Academy of Venice, she started her professional career working in France and England on set design. She comes from a “design family” counting several generations of artists and architects, which gave her the chance, while in architectural school to train working on the restoration and reuse of several Historical Buildings in Venice and Northern Italy.

Her profound knowledge of history assists her in the studio’s practice working on difficult and varied projects that often present preservation issues, realizing solutions that are at once independent , but respectful and integrated.

She worked in the modernist offices of Peter Forbes and Pei Cobb Freed and Partners, gained large scale experience at Kohn Pedersen Fox and worked on interiors and identity projects at Vignelli Associates. She began her own practice in 1995 following a five year association with Mathias Thoerner Design where she was the project architect for several flagship stores worldwide and the coordinator for the branding programs. Having worked in fashion, she understands how, like couture, a well designed interior can empower and improve the user’s self-esteem.

Her diversified education and professional experience, together with the Italian tradition of expansive creative thinking, allows her to work beyond any specialized aspect of design and to work across all scales.

She routinely lectures on TRA’s design approach and she is Co-Chair of the AIA Historic Building Committee.