The first step in the design process is to work with clients to help them evaluate their needs. This dialogue can often lead to new ways of thinking and applies across the spectrum: from the residence, to the workplace, to schools, hospitals, cultural and civic buildings. Before we give opinions, conceptual approach and solutions we analyze in large scale to understand and make the client understand the importance of the contextual location in coexistence with the individual profit.



The urban design team applies a holistic approach to the study of the city, exploring patterns of behavior, demographics and the hidden systems that influence the built environment, from the property market to underground infrastructure. The team draws on an extensive body of data to inform the design process.

We invert the traditional planning process in relation with the eclipse of the physical design, geometric, volumetric, as a target in itself and the inspiration of the designing of public spaces as a sensitivity to social coexistence, groundwork of the creation of the urban centers. People, life and vitality are the main recipient in the collective life. We see this trinomial where people choose to meet, to sit, to have a coffee, to talk. Social life is the most important quality in designing, not only when it comes specifically to a road, but also in its complexity, merged in wider urban contexts, as part of the thorough organization of the city. The problems of daily life are exactly related with the urban environment where people live and the quality of the urban environment depends on vitality, which the designer manages to produce through urban choosing-solutions.

By analyzing trends influencing cities today, DEA Studio urban designers assist private clients and public institutions to create sustainable developments for the future.



Our architecture is attracted by the belief, that the quality of our surroundings has a direct influence on the quality of our daily lives, whether at home, in the workplace, the cultural building or the public realm. To go further with the building body/ies for first we understand how that building/s will be understood and lived by people, who will use it/them. Proportionate spaces with human scale and appropriate to respond to sensations and socialization trends.

As creators of urban spaces we instinctively think for “small” places, “low” and “slow”. “Small” spaces are a response to the physical size of the human body, the “low” respond to the angle almost horizontal of viewing and the “slow” are a response to our walking speed. To enable and encourage the social interaction, we tend to create safe and attractive spaces, such that people want to spend time there and to secure, to be inviting with the atmosphere of the seeing, listening and speaking.

Design in that sense is all-embracing, ranging from the functional and environmental performance of a building to a concern for its physical and cultural context. Not least is a concern for the ‘poetic’ dimension, such as we find in the modelling and sculpting of spaces by natural light and greenery.



To achieve a sustainable built environment, engineering needs to be integrated from the outset of the design process. The practice therefore has two in-house engineering groups, with a focus on environmental and structural engineering as well as other specialist teams. The teams work on projects, consultancy and competitions, bringing expertise and guarding the quality of the design principles, right through to the end of the project. Working alongside design teams in an open, collaborative environment, the groups strengthen the studio’s environmental agenda, capabilities and commitment to integrated design.



We believe that architecture should provide a seamless experience, from outside to inside. The starting point is to gain an understanding of a client’s needs and the way in which a room, or sequence of spaces will be used. We have created interiors that span the spectrum from private houses to office towers; from art galleries to industrial buildings.

The quality of light, the choice of materials, the use of color, and the selection of furnishings and works of art are coordinated as part of the overall scheme; and each element involves the same process of questioning and refinement as the building itself.



The Project Management group provides in-house management expertise, allowing DEA Studio to deliver an integrated service to clients through the lifecycle of a project – from concept, through construction to completion. The group’s activities include sub-consultant, budgeting and cost management; program and resource management; contract management and administration. They can also provide an independent project-management service, helping clients and multi-disciplinary teams around the world to define, plan, monitor and deliver a project on time, within budget and to the highest quality.



Sustainability has been a central theme of DEA Studio since the company foundation. We consider environmental performance holistically: from the embodied energy of materials to life-time energy performance. In many of our projects, we have pioneered renewable energy solutions, which have offered dramatic reductions in pollution and carbon emissions.