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Architect Raffaella Bortoluzzi on Her Dream Assignment and the Most Challenging Aspect of Her Job

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Portrait of Raffaella Bortoluzzi by Francois Dischinger. All images courtesy of Bortoluzzi. 

"I think I fell in love with New York because it was an island,” says Raffaella Bortoluzzi on the other end of the screen. The architect, a principal at Labo Design Studio, spent her childhood and early adult years on another famous isle (or rather a group of 118 small islands) across the Atlantic Ocean. Although she left her native Venice after obtaining her bachelor’s degree from Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia, she brought with her a sensitivity to the complexities and contradictions an urban space entails, an eye to the many personalities a palimpsest-like city can take on, and the ability to articulate an architectural language that highlights these idiosyncrasies.

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