Laura Carrara-Cagni - People

Laura Carrara-Cagni


Laura is a Director at Edward Williams Architects with significant experience in winning, designing, managing and delivering large complex international public projects such as hospitals and university buildings. As a senior, experienced member of the practice, Laura manages both internal teams and multidisciplinary external design teams during design and construction phases, to completion and delivery. She is a native Italian speaker and fluent in English, French and Spanish. She leads projects in Italy and the US and supports the direction and management of the London studio.

For fourteen years Laura worked at Hopkins Architects where she was an Associate Partner and was involved with some of the key buildings produced at the studio during this time for clients in the UK, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Projects included The Brent Civic Centre, ten new college buildings at Rice University in Texas, The Forum in Norwich, the Cyprus Cultural Centre, and twenty private villas in Dubai. She also won and delivered in 2012 the 65,000sqm project for the New Hospital in La Spezia. Other significant professional experience includes a two year collaboration with Laurent and Emmanuelle Architects in France on the extension to the Musée des Beaux Arts of Nancy, the Génie des Systèmes Industriels school, the refurbishment of Nancy Trade Fair as well as the André Malraux Museum in Le Havre. Laura has also worked on several private residential projects in Italy and the UK, collaborated with Tom Hurt Architect in Austin, Texas, and with Emma Serra Architect in Genoa, Italy.

Laura was selected the ILAUD, International Laboratory of Architecture and Design, in 1991, has been an ILAUD reviewer in 1996, published in the Space and Society magazine and lectured in Bury St Edmunds and Norwich in the UK and Bologna and Milan Universities in Italy. In 2014, she was a scholar in residence at Rice University in Houston, Texas.

Laura has international private company board level experience. As a non-executive board member of the family wine company Gancia Spa (one of the last privately owned international drinks companies in Italy), Laura helped develop its business strategy and profile to allow it to be sold successfully to an important foreign group, Russian Standard.

Laura is a graduate of the University of Genoa, a member of the Italian Professional Order of Architects of Genova, Italy, since 1993 and a UK chartered architect, member of the ARB and RIBA since 2004.


Nuovo Ospedale de La Spezia, Italy
ongoing, Liguria Region (Hopkins Architects)

Brent Civic Centre, London, UK
2013, Brent Community Council (Hopkins Architects)

New East Servery, Rice University, Houston, USA
2010, Rice University (Hopkins Architects)

Greenwich Town Centre, London, UK
2009, Greenwich Hospital (Hopkins Architects)

South Colleges, Rice University, Houston, USA
2010, Rice University (Hopkins Architects)

Cyprus Cultural Centre, Nicosia, Cyprus (unbuilt)
2007, Cyprus Cultural Foundation (Hopkins Architects)

Duncan and McMurtry Colleges, Rice University, Houston, USA
2009, Rice University (Hopkins Architects)

The Cattle Market Site, Bury St Edmunds, UK
2006, Centros Miller (Hopkins Architects)

Station Plaza, Hastings, UK
2005, Seaspace (Hopkins Architects)

Emirates Hills Villas, Dubai, UAE
2003, Frayland (Hopkins Architects)

BBC East, The Forum, Norwich, Uk
2002, the Forum trust (Hopkins Architects)

The Forum, Norwich Millenium Project, Norwich, UK
2001, the Forum Trust (Hopkins Architects)

Villa Rocca Park, Chiavari, Italy
City Council, Chiavari City Council (Emma Serra Architects)

Urban Planning, Niasca, Portofino, Italy
1997, Portofino Town Council (Emma Serra Architects)

201 El Paso Street Residence, Austin, Texas, USA
1997, Private Client, ( Tom Hurt Architect)

Requalification of the Trade Show Park, Nancy, France
1997, Parc des Expositions de Nancy (Laurent et Emanuelle Beaudoin)

State Engineering University in Industrial Systems, Nancy, France
1997, District Urbain de Nancy (Laurent et Emanuelle Beaudoin)

Museum of fine Arts “Andre Malraux” (Refurbishment), Le Havre, France
1998, Town of Le Havre (Laurent et Emanuelle Beaudoin)

Museum of Fine Arts (Extension),Nancy, France
2000, nancy City Council (Laurent et Emanuelle Beaudoin)