We are a young architecture and urbanism practice, eager to grow by meeting and learning from clients and consultants. We like to think of architecture as a complex team research process, where the most important goal is to think creatively to identify the right problem. Although we are very proud of our technical process, we’re also proud of how we communicate our ideas. Let’s face it: architects can be socially awkward, but we try to establish a relationship of trust and friendship with our clients. 

 

We like to propose bold ideas to create stimulating and inspiring spaces to live, work, grow, and learn. Our mixed culture, British and Italian, makes us particularly appreciate brightness and natural light, open plans; we try to avoid corridors, doors and anything that fragments spaces. 

Finally, we work hard to understand the effects of our work on the city and the environment in general. 

 

Our services embrace architecture, urban design, and planning, but we have focused most of our attention on private residential projects in the last few years. In the past year, we obtained planning permission for two new-build houses and a mixed-use development. 

 

We believe in space’s ability to influence people’s lives, affecting layers of perception that are often neglected. We like quality and make sure things work correctly, energy stays inside, money and time are not wasted, and people are at the centre of the process. After several years, we have learnt how a well-managed design process can be an exciting, experimental and life-changing experience for both the clients and the designers. 

"Unagru architect’s beautiful, elegantly detailed and very skillful adaptation of a simple terrace house into a place of comfort and tranquility. Thoughtful clients and developers, hire them without a second thought!"

- Tony Fretton, 2021

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Our team

Davide di Martino

Director

RIBA ARB

M.Arch. IUAV University, Venice, Italy

ETSAB, Barcelona, Spain. 

Ph.D. In Urbanism and Ecology

Lucrezia di Martino

Marketing and Business development

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Gary Yeow

Content and Office

Manager

M.Arch. University of Strathclyde

UK

 

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Elizabeth Sonubi

Architectural

Technologist

B.Architectural Technolgy and Construction Management

Associate Level, CIAT

 

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Thomas Barstow

Project Architect

M.Arch. Plymouth University

UK

ARB registered 

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Jamie Kelly

Project Architect

M.Arch. Manchester School of Architecture

UK

ARB registered 

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Aviv Amiel

Architectural Assistant

M.Arch. Architectural Association

ARB registered 

Work with us!

We always look for talented, fun and enthusiastic people to join us. We are currently not opening any positions, but we welcome speculative applications! Please send to mail@unagru.com with your portfolio, CV and cover letter stating why you wish to work with us.

Looking forward to hear from you!

Awards

2022

  • The House for Cellist, Osywth Road and Peckham Courtyard featured in the London Open House

  • The House for Cellist shortlisted in Design Awards 2022

2021

  • The Sponge House shortlisted in Build It Awards

  • The Sponge House featured in Don't Move Improve Awards

  • The Sponge & The House for Cellist featured in the London Open House

2019

  • InsideOut courtyard house featured in the London Open House

  • The Boat and Pavilion featured in the London Open House

 

2018

  • The Boat and Pavilion featured in the London Open House

2012

  • 3rd prize Sorso waterfront masterplanInternational competitionMember of project team: urban planning and landscape

2011

  • Shortlisted Grosio Sports CentreGrosio, Italy. National competitionProject leader.

2010

  • 5th prize “AAA Architetti Cercasi”Milan, ItalyUnder 35 national competitionProject leader

2008

  • Shortlisted and special jury price Concorso Eu-genio Campania Region. Under 40 architecture and urbanism competition

 

Research

Academic Publications

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Projects

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.

Published works

House for A Cellist

Design Milk

Archdaily

The Sponge

Grand Design Magazine

Don't Move, Improve Magazine

Archello

E Architecture News

Not a Paper House

Spider

LivingEtc

Peckham Courtyard

Home World Design

Archello

Colander

My House Ideas

Rethinking The Future

The Boat & Pavilion 

Archello

Rethinking The Future

DesignRaid 

My House Idea

Peckham Glass Box

E Architect

My House Ideas

Homebuilder & Renovation

Studdridge Tiny Courtyard

E Architect

Archcello 

Home World Design