Luciano Giubbilei began his career in gardens when he moved from his birthplace, Siena, to London in 1994. By 1997, he had completed his studies at the Inchbald School of Design and established his own practice.
This practice has evolved with a defining emphasis on exploring and nurturing a sustained dialogue with artists, architects, plantsmen and craftsmen. It is this commitment to collaboration that Giubbilei believes is key to expanding and challenging the creative process, moving the practice from the limitations of a familiar language.
Giubbilei began working on his experimental border at Great Dixter in 2012, after a transformative residency working alongside head gardener Fergus Garrett. This experience inspired a shift, encouraging an exploration of planting possibilities that has lead the studio towards larger landscape projects in Europe and the US. This evolution is documented in his most recent book, the Art of Making Gardens.
Originally from Siena, Alessandra graduated as an architect in Florence in 2008. She began her professional life in Spain working in internationally renowned practices Ensamble Studio and Miralles Tagliabue EMBT, before moving to Rossiprodi Associati in Florence, where for 6 years she specialised in designing public spaces and facilities.
In 2016, looking to broaden her horizons, Alessandra moved to London, working briefly as a freelance interior designer before beginning her collaboration with Luciano Giubbilei. Since joining the studio, she has played a leading role in all its major projects, including substantial private gardens in the Val d’Orcia, Formentera and Dallas, as well as the design recently developed for the walled garden at Raby Castle in County Durham, the practice’s first public garden commission.
For Alessandra, gardens are places. As such, a successful design derives from the connected consideration of inside and outside, near and far, surfaces and shapes, nature and culture.
Born and raised in Rome, Piergiorgio’s interest in the design process was nurtured by his schooling in the arts and product design. An extended period of study in Japan and the chance to engage with a family garden on his return ignited his fascination with landscape. In pursuit of this passion, Piergiorgio moved to Venice and embarked on his training as a landscape designer at the Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia.
In 2017 the opportunity arose to collaborate with Luciano Giubbilei. Piergiorgio has subsequently been involved in the majority of the studio’s projects, the principal focus of his work falling on planting design, plant research and garden implementation.
Piergiorgio believes in gardens as places of emotions and poetry, where culture, aesthetic knowledge and botany seamlessly combine.
Sophie joined the Luciano Giubbilei team in 2016 and has since cemented her role as studio manager - a position which, due to the close-knit, collaborative environment, calls for an adaptive and multidisciplinary approach.
After studying art in Falmouth, Sophie moved to London, graduating from Goldsmiths with a first class degree in Fine Art and Art History. With a sculptural practice revolving around nuances in materiality, balance and rhythm, she was instinctively drawn to the way in which Luciano Giubbilei’s practice harnesses these qualities within the natural landscape.
The studio’s emphasis on authentic collaboration - on the melding of specialist practitioners, craftspeople and planting in creative synthesis - is reflective of Sophie’s personal passion for nature, process and making.