Lorenzo received a M.Arch. from the University of Florence, Italy, and a Ph.D. in architectural history from Columbia University. The focus of his research is the origin of the Renaissance palace and domestic lifestyle in Italy during the 14-15th centuries. He received a EU grant to study the circulation of architectural knowledge between medieval Persia and Italy, specifically the materiality and the problems of preservation of brick dome structures.
Lorenzo has been the recipient of fellowships and grants from the European Union, NEH, the Kress and Mellon Foundations, the Society of the Architectural Historians, and the Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio. He taught courses on Western architecture and urban planning at Columbia, NYU, Pratt Institute, University of Utah, Union College, and University of Bologna.