He is licensed in the U.K. (RIBA, ARB) and in Italy (OAR).
He holds a Ph.D. in Architecture from the “Villard d’Honnecourt” International Doctorate in Architecture coordinated by the Università IUAV di Venezia, and a Master of Architecture from the Facoltà di Architettura Valle Giulia - Università degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza".
In 1998 he co-founded the design group 2A+P, in 2000 the collective nicole_fvr, and from 2005 to 2008 he has been a founding partner of the firm 2A+P Architettura. From 1998 to 2001 he has been a co-founder and co-editor in chief of the magazine “2A+P rivista di progettazione”, and in 2003 he co-curated the book “GR - la generazione della rete”. In 2010 and 2011, he worked as Director of Competitions for the firm 3C+T Capolei Cavalli A.A. In 2012, he established Valerio Franzone Architect. From 2017 to 2019, he worked at Grimshaw Architects - New York City.
His projects have won awards in various international architecture competitions, such as Sand City - 1st prize, “Città: Third Millennium - International Competition of Ideas” for the “7th International Architecture Exhibition” - la Biennale di Venezia; Round Blur - 1st prize, “6th Prize Artegiovane - Turin Meets... the Art: A Gate for Turin”; Lugar Específico - 1st prize, “Idensitat Calaf / Manresa - 05 public call for project”; iPost City - 2nd prize, “Two Phases Ideas Competition for the New Headquarters of the Istituto Postelegrafonici in Rome”; Santa Chiara Park - 1st prize, “RFP for the Water and Sports Park Santa Chiara and Works for a Sustainable Mobility”.
He has also developed several participatory design processes such as Urban Allotment Gardens for “Immaginare Corviale” and Urban Allotment Gardens Diy Fencing Kit for “Torino Geodesign 2008”.
His projects have been also shown in several international exhibitions including the 7th, 11th, and 14th “International Architecture Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia, the 5th and the 7th “Festival di Architettura in Video”, “nomad+residents”, “MAF05, Media Arts Festival”, “Torino Geodesign”.
His projects and writings have been published in several international magazines such as “Domus”, “A10”, “Costruire”, “Abitare”, “Detail”, “AD Architectural Design”, “Metamorfosi”, “RV Rendez‐vous de la Mode”, “Parametro”, “Public Design”, “Landscape World", “Volume”, “A+t”, and “A+U”.
Valerio Franzone has participated in many conferences and lectured in various universities and institutions such as the TU Delft, NABA in Milan, Università di Genova, Università di Ferrara, Syracuse University in Florence, Università G. D'Annunzio in Pescara, GAM Galleria d’Arte Moderna in Turin, IUAV di Venezia, Università La Sapienza in Rome, and the Arts Santa Monica in Barcelona.
He has tutored in many workshops in architecture and design universities, and in 2005 he was a visiting professor at the Facoltà di Architettura di Ascoli Piceno - Università degli Studi di Camerino.
His collaborations include: Yona Friedman, Stefano Boeri / "Domus" magazine, ma0, Ove Arup & Partners Ltd., Permasteelisa Group, IDLab, a.titolo, Capolei Cavalli A.A., Studio A&P, Osservatorio Nomade/Stalker, Marco Brizzi, Lorenzo Benedetti, Labics, and Laura Villa Baroncelli & Manuele Geromini Photographers.