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Carla Sorrentino - Architect

Carla Sorrentino - Architect

Carla Sorrentino and Renato Benedetti are the leading Architect working on both the building and interior designs of 195 Piccadilly.

What is the most interesting aspect of working on the BAFTA project?

Since I started working on the BAFTA project 5 years ago, it has been a continuous process of discovery, both about the building as well as the organisation. I believe that this, as well as always feeling part of the BAFTA family, has kept our work on the project always exciting, challenging and never boring.

Is there something that only you, as the designer and architect, know about the project?

We came across some historic photos of the building and its original features by searching for the current President of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours on social media. Luckily for us she had kept all the photos of the 195 Galleries and was very generous in sharing them with us.

What is an average day like in your job?

There’s not a usual day on the project at the moment, I always have to juggle between meetings, calls, and design challenges but also having to ensure that the team is coordinated, and deadlines are on track. On top of that I always like to use part of my day to concentrate on the design, seeking inspiration and ideas but making sure that we are doing everything we can to deliver a building that we can all be proud of for BAFTA and the public.

What is your favourite film, computer game and TV programme?

Films: The Great Beauty, Isle of Dogs and Thelma and Louise

Games: Tetris

TV Programmes: Italian TV, anything with David Attenborough, Chernobyl and Peaky Blinders