UNA is an international practice operating within the field of architecture, urbanism, art and academia.
Based in Hamburg, UNA architecture office focuses on cultural and residential projects. Working at different scales, the office portfolio ranges from publications to exhibition designs, curatorial projects to temporary pavilions, buildings and urban interventions. Ongoing projects include the design of an Art Foundation within the complex of a Palladian villa in Italy; the restoration of Palazzo Pisani Moretta in Venice and the development of the curatorial masterplan for its future use; a collaboration with the Kunsthalle Bielefeld in Germany; and the design of a Nomadic Bookstore for Lars Müller Publishers presented at the Salone del Mobile in Milan and developed as part of a AA Diploma 'AA Museum Lab' unit lead by Giulia Foscari.
founder of UNA
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.