“If Nature had been comfortable, mankind would never have invented architecture, and I prefer houses to the open air. In a house we all feel of the proper proportions. Everything is subordinated to us, fashioned for our use and our pleasure.”
— Oscar Wilde
Ar.Co. was founded in 2021 in response to a global pandemic that has changed the way we approach life. Slow life, quality spaces and sustainability have become essential to the way we live, and design with people at its heart has become the new standard. At Ar.Co. the time we spend with our clients is essential; we listen and advise, transforming amazing ideas into tangible realities.
Ar.Co. is the architecture company of Alicia Calvino. Alicia studied at Polythecnique University of Catalonia (ETSAV Barcelona-Tech) where she graduated with Honours in both her Masters and BA in Architecture. In 2011, she earned a scholarship to study at the Universite Catholique de Leuven in Brussels and in 2014 she moved to London, where she attended The Barlett School of Architecture for her RIBA part III.
With over a decade of experience within the industry, Alicia spent her early career living and absorbing the culture of multiple European cities, before falling in love with London. She has since worked with some great people, on some amazing projects for award-winning practices including Denizen Works, Jestico + Whiles and Base Interior.
Her expertise covers various branches, from Hospitality, Housing and Education to Private Residential and Retail, where she has designed and managed projects and teams throughout all RIBA stages. She is a skilled problem solver and a creative thinker, with a solid record of successfully delivering projects in the UK and overseas.
Alicia has a passion for environmentally conscious, innovative, humanistic and practical architecture. She enjoys the challenge of creating positive and distinctive architecture that delivers form and function for every project, working to shape spaces with lasting impact. She is lucky enough to be able to do something that she loves, in a field that surprises and excites her every day.