About

A full-service architecture design network in four locations.

UNStudio, founded in 1988 by Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos, is an international architectural design network with four full-service international offices in Amsterdam, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Frankfurt. We specialise in architecture, interior architecture, product design, urban development and infrastructural projects.

Over 200 staff from 27 countries are spread throughout the network in a streamlined structure that enables us to spend less time organising and more time designing and collaborating with our clients.

UNStudio’s current management team consists of Ben van Berkel, Caroline Bos, Gerard Loozekoot, Astrid Piber and Hannes Pfau, closely supported by a strong group of long-term directors and associate directors.

Vision

Future-proofing the future

As what we design today is normally built in three to five years’ time, we’re used to working with the future in mind. However, the future is changing faster than ever before. Even the most accurate predictions can be made redundant by a sudden advance in technology. To ensure we don’t contribute to a waste of materials and investment that is no longer sustainable or appropriate in today’s world, we develop strategies that not only anticipate the future, but possible changes to that future as well.

We believe that the key to ‘future-proofing the future’ is knowledge. For the last decade, we have focused on expanding our understanding of trends and practice in architecture and beyond. Two dedicated teams research every facet of the built environment inside and outside architecture. Within our network, UNSKnowledge serve as a database for sharing and expanding the experience and skills acquired during our design projects. Externally, UNSFutures collaborates with partners including the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Microsoft, Hardt Hyperloop, USM and Mitsubishi to investigate how to improve quality of life. The results contribute to our mission of producing user-centric designs that are adaptive, resilient and future-proof, whatever the future may bring.

International Project Experience

Collaborating, working and learning on a global scale

More than 30 years of successfully completing projects across Asia, Europe and North America have given us a huge wealth of practical and theoretical experience. As we have simultaneously extended our network to include consultants, partners, and advisors across the globe, we are in a position to work efficiently and effectively anywhere in the world: what we learn from a project in Singapore, for example, makes it significantly easier to implement the same knowledge in Dubai or London.

Here is an overview of our projects.

UNSKnowledge

An inspiration bank that propels our design thinking towards greater innovation.

UNStudio’s research and innovation unit, UNSKnowledge, provides architectural innovation and product consultancy services across the fields of computation, building technologies, and health/sustainability. In tandem with our Product Design team, we carry out multidisciplinary collaborations with designers and manufacturers of wood, concrete, ceramic, lighting and furniture products. We take clients through a series of ideation sprints, iterations of prototyping and ultimately produce a saleable product. UNSKnowledge supports clients with strategically positioning their brand in today’s and future markets that are subject to constant change.

 

UNSFutures

Scenarios that help us predict how technology, social, political and economic factors will affect the built environment.

From the most intimate spaces of our lives to big business, new forms of culture and technology are reshaping the world. Creating value in this time of change requires new skill sets and the ability to mediate different worlds. Technology and architecture. Business and sustainability. Culture and urbanism. Policy and design. UNSFutures is a new type of agency within UNStudio, built on the conviction that relevance defines our interactions with places, brands and each other.

For an idea, space, building or masterplan to take root, it must stem from a deep understanding of culture – of how people act, interact and communicate. With an eye on architecture, technology and communication, UNSFutures understands how these worlds inter-relate. UNSFutures turns this knowledge into tangible designs that move projects forward from concept development through to design implementation. To do this, the UNSFutures unit works closely with cross-disciplinary teams of academics, technologists and design leaders, as well as with the designers at UNStudio.

Attainable Design

All our projects are financially and socially feasible

UNStudio is committed to the promotion and practice of sustainable design. Environmental issues like social and ecological sustainability are taken into account right from the start of a project. In addition we are dedicated to making every project both financially and socially feasible, a combination that we call ‘attainable design’.

Improvement and Quality

Internationally approved practices

The research and development of design, data processing, technique and details, processing technical consequences and architectural supervision of UNStudio Van Berkel & Bos BV has been found to conform the Standard NEN-EN-ISO 9001: 2015 since 2001.