Graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florence, with architectural, urban design, and structural engineering studies at the University of Pescara, and a grant to research at U.C. Berkeley. Principal of Studio Peek Ancona, a research and design firm combining architecture, planning, and interiors, her extensive experience in the U.S. and Europe is characterized by a contemporary aesthetic focusing on a refinement of sustainable materials. Ancona’s use of technology is founded on academic research: her groundbreaking restoration study of the Laurentian Library forms a critical basis for contemporary materials innovations. A balance of construction projects, competitions, and publishing form the basis of her practice, with projects including LEED homes, housing, commercial, and civic buildings combining innovative structure and energy-efficient facade systems. Her work has been recognized by honors including the AIA California Design Award and through international publications.