Lorenzo Granocchia


Born in Terni in 1975 and graduated in architecture at the university of Florence, Lorenzo Granocchia  workwd and collaborated with Studio Castiglia Associati, where he trained professionally devoted to experimental forms, techniques and materials of the product Industrial and construction of stands following a process of integral design. In 2000 he founded his own studio, interpreting new trends in creating an essential lexicon, whose matrices are formal geometry inspired by the primary elements and the rigor with Executive pure and modern solutions and original, thanks to a continuous and constant process of research and study.

In 2011 he followed for Aster Cucine the concept of the new logo and the creation of a monograph Aster collects in one volume the distinctive characters of the company with major collections of modern and classic.


Matthew Berman

Before joining Andrew to launch workshop/apd in 1999, Matthew served as Assistant Editor at ANY Magazine, an editorial project that covered the state of architecture through the end of the millennium. There he experienced the implications of design at every scale, from the nano to the urban. His passion for good design, though a core belief, today goes well beyond the making of things. “Great architecture takes my breath away,” says Matt. “I believe so fundamentally that design, both interior and exterior, is inextricably linked to our happiness.”
Matthew received a Bachelor of Arts from Lehigh University and a Master’s of Architecture from Columbia University. He has served as a Visiting Professor at Pratt Institute, and he is co-editor, with Bernard Tschumi, of Index Architecture (MIT Press, 2003). The former host of Gallery HD’s original television show What the Window Washer Saw, a weekly series about the world’s most iconic skyscrapers, he also appears regularly on the HGTV program Top Ten. Matthew resides with his family in Brooklyn, where he is inspired by the human scale of the neighborhoods.

Andrew Kotchen

Before teaming up with Matthew to launch workshop/apd in 1999, Andrew ran his own residential design firm in Nantucket and New York City. It was then he discovered his abiding passion for the crafting of things: researching new materials and innovative fabrication methods, all with an eye towards solid modern design. “My love of architecture is found in the act of building,” says Andrew. “I love nothing more then seeing our work realized.”
Andrew earned a Bachelor of Arts from Lehigh University and a Master’s of Architecture from the University of Michigan, where he received the Chair’s Cup Award. He has served as a Visiting Professor at Pratt Institute and he continues to serve as a visiting critic at the New York Institute of Technology, Columbia University, Lehigh University, Parsons and the University of Michigan. During occasional moments of down-time, Andrew enjoys sailing and spending time with his wife and children.