OCHAP | Office for Cohabitation Processes is an architecture, design, and research office directed by Valerio Franzone and based in New York and Rome.

OCHAP works at the intersection between architecture, humanity, and nature to foster the built environment's relational and sustainable character by investigating architecture's role, limits, and potential. Shape, tectonics, program, and processuality become devices to explore possible cohabitation typologies and strategies between natural and artificial systems at multiple scales.

OCHAP develops the potential of architecture to oppose individualistic, colonial, and extractive approaches by understanding the ecological, cultural, social, economic, technological, and political processes involved. OCHAP rethinks its status quo to tackle the urgencies of societies and ecosystems and to envision other possible futures.

Architecture is action, not just representation.





Valerio Franzone, Ph.D., is an architect licensed in the U.K. (RIBA, ARB) and Italy (OAR). He explores architecture to nurture the built environment’s relational and sustainable character through design and research projects.
Valerio Franzone is the Managing Editor of the architecture magazine KoozArch. He is curating a series of conversations with practitioners, scholars, and curators on architecture’s role in tackling the current societal and environmental urgencies through research, pedagogy, and professional practice, including Philippe Rahm, Lydia Kallipoliti, and Carson Chan.
He has been an Adjunct Professor at the Facoltà di Architettura di Ascoli Piceno and was invited as a guest critic in various schools, including Columbia GSAPP, Pratt Insitute, and Syracuse University.
He has lectured at various institutions, including the TU Delft, GAM in Turin, Università IUAV di Venezia, and the Centre d’Art Santa Mònica in Barcelona. From 2023 to 2024, he was selected for the international Cohort of Respondents of Affirmations at Columbia GSAPP.
His projects have been awarded in international competitions and shown in several exhibitions, such as the 7th, 11th, and 14th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia.
His projects and texts appear in international magazines such as Domus, Abitare, Detail, AD Architectural Design, A+U, and Volume.
He holds a Ph.D. in Architecture from the “Villard d’Honnecourt” International Doctorate in Architecture (Università IUAV di Venezia) and a Master’s in Architecture (Facoltà di Architettura Valle Giulia - Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza). 
He co-founded the design groups 2A+P and nicole_fvr and the architecture office 2A+P Architettura. He was also a co-founder and co-editor in chief of the magazine 2A+P rivista di progettazione and co-editor of the book GR - la generazione della rete.