NOIA

Rather than using common architectural office approaches like listing comforting and universal values of the design, while maintaining neutrality without transmitting any tangible definition, we prefer to speak about how we started, our background, our skills, and most importantly, what are we dedicated to.

We have already started working on several projects parallel with our university studies. We won our first competition two years before graduation. Because of our different nationalities, culture, and education, we try to mix diverse approaches inside the design process. We are slightly bad at making physical models, but very good at problem-solving, hand drawing, territorial mapping, and writing essays in Italian, English, and Georgian languages. Profound research of the site and its context is our passion. We do have two offices in two different countries, but we cannot be at both places at the same time. To the often asked question, what do we do, we could never find a one-word answer because of the contrasting scale we work on: from landscape interventions to a tiny house. It is not about what we design, nor the program or function but the meaning we are giving to each project we touch.

 

Salome Katamadze
Tbilisi, Georgia
Salome starts her studies at the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts in Faculty of Interior Design. In the second year of her studies, she moves to the Technical University of Kaunas, Lithuania, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture. She continues her MA at the University of Ferrara, Faculty of Architecture, and works at Architecture Design Studio as a teaching assistant. In 2020 she graduates her MA from the University of Ferrara with a master thesis in Landscape Architecture, focusing on conflictual territories in the Caucasus mountains.

 Duccio Fantoni
Prato, Italy
Duccio starts his studies at the University of Ferrara, Faculty of Architecture. In the fourth year, he continues his studies at Waseda University – Art and Architecture school and parallelly works for Nasca Studio in Tokyo, Japan. In 2018 he graduates his MA from the University of Ferrara with a master thesis, focusing on the relation between Archaeological sites and Landscape, through a project of a Museum Complex in the ancient Roman city of Ostia Antica.