photo: Ugo Salerno


SET is a young architecture, urbanism and design office based in Rome, led by Lorenzo Catena, Onorato di Manno and Andrea Tanci. The design procedure is always supported by in-depth theoretical research based on the investigation of the essence of architecture and the elements that compose it.


SET envisions an architecture that is able to communicate directly with those who live it. This is achieved by using elementary geometric shapes and paying attention to environmental sustainability through the experimental use of materials and technologies.


The studio believes in non-generic architecture capable of emerging as a cultural factor in the local context and preserving the uniqueness of places. Simplicity and clarity are key themes of the entire creative process, from the abstract idea to the design solution.


SET has won many awards including: “Lazio Creativo 2017”, “NIB New Italian Blood 2016 top 10 Architecture”. The work of the office and its partners has been featured in several venues and events (Spazio FMG - Milan, MAXXI - Rome, Wuho Gallery - Los Angeles) as well as in prestigious publications.



"Dedalo Minosse"

Special Prize - Laboratorio Morseletto - 2017


"100 storie di creatività del Lazio"

1st Place - Architecture and Design Category - 2017


"New italian blood"

2nd Place - Architecture Category - 2017



1st Place - International Design Competition - 2016


"Bologna shoah memorial"

1st Place - International Design Competition - 2015


Various projects of the studio and its members were displayed at several events and locations (MAXXI - Rome, Wuho Gallery - Los Angeles) and published in different prestigious web and paper magazines (Area, Archdaily, Architizer, Artribune, Designboom, Dezeen, Divisare, Domus, Interni, Yatzer, Fubiz, Azure, Platform, Modulør, L'Espresso, C3, IQD, La Vie)

Lorenzo Catena


Co-founder of SET architects, in 2015. Originally from Rome he graduated at the Faculty of Architecture, Roma Tre University. Right after the graduation he starts working at King Roselli Architetti. In 2015 he is awarded as a “runner-up” at the Europan 13 award ceremony in Berlin. During 2012 Lorenzo works at Cino Zucchi Architetti in Milan where he collaborates in a number of different projects, like “Copycat - Empathy and envy as form-maker” an installation realised for the XIII edition of the Venice Biennale “Common Ground” curated by David Chipperfield.

Onorato di Manno


Architect, co-founder of SET architects in 2015. He graduated in Interior Design at the “Università Sapienza di Roma” and in Architecture at the “Università degli Studi Roma Tre”. Right after the graduation he starts working at Labics in Rome where he participates in a number of different international projects, like Helsinki Guggenheim museum (Finland), Klecovaca tourist center (Bosnia Erzegovina),  Paris Rive Gauche (France), Progetto Flaminio Rome (Italy). During 2010 he collaborates as an assistant for the prof. Fulvio Leoni at the Faculty of Architecture at Roma Tre University.

Andrea Tanci


Architect. He graduated in Interior Design at the “Università Sapienza di Roma” and in Architecture at the “Università degli Studi Roma Tre”. He developed his international architectural research by studying at the “Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile" in Santiago and working with Studio Giovanni D'Ambrosio in Indonesia. In 2014 he joined Studio Romoli Architetti as partner and in 2015 he co-founded SET Architects.


Originally SET was founded by Lorenzo Catena, Chiara Cucina, Onorato di Manno, Gianluca Sist, Andrea Tanci during 2015, in Rome.

© S E T architects 2016

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