UNA is an International Architecture Studio based in Hamburg and Venice.
Operating at multiple scales, the practice is focused on Cultural Projects – ranging from the design of Contemporary Art Foundations and Museum Extensions to Exhibition Installations and Curatorial Masterplans. Alongside the cultural specialization, the office portfolio includes Residential projects as well as temporary Pavilions.
Research being one of the drivers for all projects at UNA, the office is actively engaged in Academia and is currently developing a cross-disciplinary project on the Southernmost continent of planet earth, Antarctica.
Founded by Giulia Foscari, the uncompromising design agenda and ethics of UNA are fuelled by an international and devoted team of architects.
Giulia Foscari is an architect, curator and author who has been practising in Europe, Asia and the Americas. She is the founder of UNA, a Hamburg-based international architecture practice focused on cultural and residential projects, and a partner of Foscari Widmann Rezzonico Associati, in Venice. Her working experience includes an extensive collaboration with OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture) which started in Hong Kong in 2009 and led her to run OMA’s South American platform from Argentina, developing projects in Colombia, Uruguay, and Brazil. In 2014 Giulia authored “Elements of Venice”, a book published by Lars Müller Publishers which was awarded the DAM Architectural Book Award in 2015. In parallel to practicing architecture, Giulia worked on multiple curatorial projects, including exhibitions in four editions of the Venice Architecture Biennale and a show on Alfred Barr and Philip Johnson developed in collaboration with the MoMA. Since 2007 Giulia has been engaged in academia: having taught Design Studios at Hong Kong University for five academic years, in 2015 she was invited to teach as Unit Master at the Architectural Association in London, where she founded the “AA Museum Lab”. In anticipation of the 200th anniversary of human presence in Antarctica, in 2018 Giulia launched the AA Polar Lab Research Platform. In the past years, Giulia lectured in England, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Chile, Uruguay, Argentina, and Hong Kong.