Unagru was founded as a network for discussion, description, and design related to the built environment. Unagru stands for one crane; one crane (bird of the Gruidae family) guarding a harsh industrial landscape was the embodiment of independence, grit, and resilience. On the other hand, the crane, the machine used for hoisting heavy objects is a fascinating combination of natural power and human technology that enables change. Unagru embodies and playfully embraces our hybrid technical and natural realm.  
We believe in space's ability to influence people's lives, affecting layers of perception that deserve research and attention. Our process focuses on defining the needs as much as providing solutions. Good design is an exciting, experimental and life-changing experience to both clients and designers. 

We like quality and make sure things work properly, energy stays inside, money and time are not wasted, and people are at the centre of the process.

We like cities and sustainability; we do research; we are members of The Green Register of Constriction professionals. 

Our team

Davide di Martino


M.Arch. IUAV University, Venice, Italy

ETSAB, Barcelona, Spain. 

Ph.D. In Urbanism and Ecology

ARB . 

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Thomas Barstow

Project Architect

M.Arch. Plymouth University


ARB registered 

Lucrezia di Martino

Marketing and Business development

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Fabio Cappello

Project Architect


Federico II  Naples, Italy. 

ARB Registered


Luigi Chierico

Architectural Assistant

Swiss University of Mendrisio


Awards & Publications


Sorso waterfront masterplan

International competition

Member of project team: urban planning and landscape

3rd prize



Grosio Sports Centre

Grosio, Italy    National competition

Project leader:

Finalists (first 5 classified)



“AAA Architetti Cercasi”

Milan, Italy      Under 35 national competition

Project leader

5th prize


Concorso Eu-genio

Campania Region       Under 40 architecture and urbanism competition

Project leader

Special jury prize





visit Academia.edu profile





AAA Architetti Cercasi competition submission

Future Magazine

Spain, Europe, China

(published in English, Spanish, and Chinese)



Academic, peer reviewed


di Martino D. (in press). Urban wetlands as performative, multifunctional design devices: the wetland scenario. In F. D. Moccia, M.F. Palestino, Planning Stormwater Resilient Urban Open Spaces, Clean: Napoli. 193 - 204


Barcelloni Corte, M., di Martino, D. (2014, in press). Pollution ecologies: from reclamation to restructuring. In Bandieramonte, V., Cavalieri, C., Guida, I., Rashidzadeh, K. (eds.), The Next Urban Question. Roma: Officina Edizioni.



di Martino, D. (in press). Bonifica e riciclo della Piana Campana. In PPC Piano Progetto Città: Zero Waste 27-28, 2013.