studjurban is an award-winning, energetic architectural and urban design 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. The office has 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. Together with the Local Councils Association, it is currently spearheading 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 a number of localities.
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 Best Urban Design Award and was awarded a Special Commendation for the best Urban Planning Concept at the MASP Awards 2019. It was also one of two Finalists in the Kamra tal-Periti’s Premju Emanuele Luigi Galizia 2019 Housing of the Year Award and obtained a Special Commendation at the Planning Authority’s 2018 Malta Architect Awards in the category of Rehabilitation and Conservation.