studjurban is an award-winning, energetic architectural and urban design boutique consultancy that delves deep into what makes a place tick. Established in 2012 with the prime intention of championing high quality urban and architectural design in Malta, studjurban strives to achieve this in practice through an iterative philosophy, linking policy, research and collaboration to design and subsequently increasing awareness of place.
For this reason studjurban is more than a design team – it grows organically, bringing together design professionals, policy-makers, communities and researchers. Its starting point is sound knowledge, which informs a collaborative approach to spatial planning and design. Through this inclusive approach, studjurban bridges the ‘theory-practice’ gap characteristic of conventional planning, adding value to both process and product.
Since its beginning, the office has grown to a team of professionals with a deep theoretical knowledge and practical experience in urban design, landscape design, architectural design and interior and bespoke product design. A number of the team members have been involved in both policy making and urban design/architectural research. Together with the Local Councils Association, the office has recently spearheaded the Slow Streets project, a pioneering initiative in Malta and Gozo geared towards giving back streets to the people rather than cars, focusing primarily on residents’ wellbeing within 43 localities around Malta and Gozo. It has also recently completed a 5-year long socio-spatial study commissioned by the Valletta 2018 Foundation and the formulation of a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan for the Valletta region commissioned by Transport Malta.
studjurban prides itself in producing high quality projects, from inception to completion, and maintaining a strong two-way relationship between design, policy and research. The office won the Interior Architecture Award For Commercial Or Public Buildings at the MASP Awards 2020 for a bespoke child care centre in Mosta and the Urban Design Award at the MASP Awards 2019 for a residential project in Mosta. It was also awarded Special Commendations for the best Urban Planning Concept at the MASP Awards 2020 and 2019, for the Gzira Marina Gardens project and the redesign of a derelict open space in Mellieha respectively. studjurban was one of two Finalists in the Kamra tal-Periti’s Premju Emanuele Luigi Galizia 2019 Housing of the Year Award for a residential project in Mosta and obtained a Special Commendation at the Planning Authority’s 2018 Malta Architect Awards in the category of Rehabilitation and Conservation for a residence in Mellieha.