Ludovico Centis is an architect, founder of the architecture and planning office The Empire and co-founder and editor of the architecture magazine San Rocco. Centis has a PhD in urbanism (Università IUAV di Venezia). He has been a partner at the architectural office Salottobuono from 2007 to 2012. He has lectured at Università IUAV di Venezia (Venice), the Politecnico in Milan, Festarch (Cagliari), the Auditorium dell’Ara Pacis (Rome), the Hong Kong & Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism, the Palais de Tokyo (Paris), the Architectural Association School of Architecture (London), the Faculté d’Architecture La Cambre Horta (ULB, Brussels), the 21er Haus (Vienna), Cornell University (Ithaca,NY), Princeton University (Princeton, NJ), Bauhaus-Universitaet Weimar (Weimar), EPFL (Lausanne).
Centis has been the 2013–14 Peter Reyner Banham Fellow at the University at Buffalo–SUNY. During the spring of 2015 he has been at the Center for Land Use Interpretation as a participant in the Wendover Residence Program. In 2017, he initiated the on-going exhibition series Reyner Banham: A Set of Actual Tracks.
Centis was awarded a 2018 Getty Library Research Grant at the Getty Center in Los Angeles and a 2020 Paul Mellon Centre Research Support Grant. He has been a post-doc Research Fellow in Architecture and Urbanism at Università IUAV di Venezia from 2018 to 2020. Centis has been in 2019 adjunct professor at Università IUAV di Venezia and at Politecnico di Milano. He is visiting school programme head at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London since Fall 2020.