ABDR professional studio is based in Rome and was founded by Maria Laura Arlotti, Michele Beccu, Paolo Desideri and Filippo Raimondo in 1982. ABDR activities are carried out combining modern professional practice and didactic scientific research, and are regularly published in many national and international magazines and dedicated monographs. Several museums of architecture and international cultural institutions have exhibited ABDR design works. The studio has often been invited at the Biennale di Venezia, the Triennale di Milano and has also represented Italian design on the occasion of official events.
In 1997 ABDR held a personal exhibition at the AAM gallery in Milan and in 2007 at the Académie Royale in Brussels. It represented Italy at the Shanghai Expo in 2010. A number of awards and prizes: in 2003 the “EuroSolar” prize for bioclimatic architecture and in 2010 the “Europe & Africa Property Awards” prize. In 2012 ABDR was mentioned at the Gold Medal for Italian Architecture for two design works and had a nominee at the European Union Prize - Mies Van Der Rohe Award in 2013. The Opera House in Florence is awarded with the Inarch/ANCE 2014 national prize as best Italian work.
ABDR is member of the OICE. In 2013 the studio offered part of its archive to the MAXXI, National Museum of XXI century Arts, permanent collection. ABDR is one of the most important professional studios on the Italian and international scene. Its work is focused on great infrastructural projects in the public and private sectors and on architecture at a high level of complexity.
ABDR has always cooperated with international building companies and gained important foreign commissions, such as the new High Speed Train Station in Casablanca.
Some of the recent completed projects:
  • New High-Speed Train Station “Casa Voyageurs”, Casablanca, Morocco, 2012 – 2018
  • Functional Restoration and Development of the Theatre “Margherita” in Bari, Italy, 2016 – 2018
  • New Headquarters of the company Telecom Italia in Rome, 2015 – 2018
  • Exhibition pavilion “Italia” at Expo Astana 2017, Astana, Kazakhstan, 2016 – 2017
  • The New Hippodamian Museum and the Archaeological Deposits, Sibari, Italy, 2014 – 2015, inaugurated in 2017
  • Refurbishment of the National Archaeological Museum, Reggio Calabria, 2009 – 2013, inaugurated in 2016
  • Pedestrian Promenade with facilities, Barletta, Italy, 2010 – 2015, inaugurated in 2016
  • Extension of the B1 subway, Libia, Annibaliano and Conca d’Oro stations, Rome, 2004 - 2012
  • Refurbishment of the former “Burresi” Hospital in Poggibonsi, Siena, 2006 – 2012
  • New High Speed Train Station “Roma Tiburtina”, Rome, 2001 – 2011
  • New Opera House, Florence, 2008 - 2011
  • Nursery and urban facilities in Pietralata, Rome, 2000 – 2011
  • Housing and facilities in Centocelle, Rome, 2000 - 2011
  • Classical Opera and Ballet House, Astana, Kazakhstan, 2010
  • Urban renewal project “Giustiniano Imperatore”, Rome, 2005 - 2010
  • Olympic village for Mediterranean Games 2009, Chieti, 2007 - 2009
  • Refurbishment of “Palazzo delle Esposizioni”, Rome, 2003 – 2007
  • New Lapidarium of Palazzo Venezia, Rome, 2002 – 2005 
Recent projects under construction:
  • Extension of the “Sant’Andrea” Hospital, Rome 2018
  • Restoration and Development of “Palazzo Massari - Order of Malta”, Ferrara, Italy 2017
  • Subway C Line, Amba Aradam station, Rome, 2016 (under construction)
  • Extension of the Faculty of medicine and psychology of “La Sapienza” University at Hospital “Sant’Andrea”, Rome, 2015
  • “ARBO” competition for the  Railway Station Area, Bolzano, 2011
Some of the recently won competitions:
  • “Cittadella della Cultura” in Teramo, 2018
  • Framework agreement for services, Polytechnic University of Milan, 2018
  • Rome–Fiumicino International Airport "Leonardo da Vinci"– west area, 2018
  • Enhancement of the General Services building of the University “La Sapienza” of Rome, Italy, 2017
  • New High Speed Train Station, Algiers, Algeria, 2014 – 2016
  • International Ideas Competition for the redevelopment of the Wholesale Market for Fruit and Vegetable in Milan, 2015
  • New Offices of Rome’s Municipal Authority “Campidoglio 2”, Rome, 2012
  • Europe Embankment Project, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2010
  • New Headquarters for Advanced Logistics, Research, Development and Innovation, Parma, Italy, 2009