NAUTA architecture & research is an office that practices architecture, urbanism and sustainable thinking.
Since its foundation NAUTA has engaged the mission to pursue responsible design in every form and scale. Either by participating to international competitions, by working on private commissions or by self initiated projects, NAUTA has engaged a continuous action to stimulate a collective awareness of the urgency to switch our attention from subjective design to a more analytical approach.
NAUTA works to optimize resources, to empower the existing and trigger beauty and innovation without crossing the boundaries of the unnecessary.
NAUTA is a Latin word that means ‘sailor’. The name of the office hints to our mission of travelling through global matters in order to find new subjects to nourish our interests, yet apply our experience for improving the quality of the built environment.




It is unquestionable that nowadays the most discussed matter in our discipline is ‘sustainability’. However, this term is often meant as generic action for rescuing our environment and reducing the negative effects of urbanization. Sustainability for NAUTA starts from the simple action of abandoning the dogmas of design in order to develop an open minded way of thinking, based on objective needs, real engines of the final creative process. An obsessive monitoring of the world moves us towards strategic actions for our clients, capable to guarantee successful investment, yet respect the environment. Synthesis is a struggle of a lifetime. Finding it implies dedication and effort but we believe it’s the answer to do a good job, so we go for it. However, simple does not coincide with simplistic. NAUTA operates an accurate evaluation of context, resources, conditions and proceeds by distilling them in order to get to the ultimate essence of content necessary to create an idea. Every project is a challenge to do better than the previous one and manage to find the right balance between the existing and the final scenario.
NAUTA has developed through research applied projects new sustainable models for tourism, architecture and planning. In light of the global economical and political shifts, NAUTA advocates a participative brainstorming with all parties involved in a project, moving its development with discipline, yet optimism, towards its best conclusion.
NAUTA’s engagement in sustainable development has generated additional debate and actions in the work of municipalities, private and public bodies, solicited to move towards new responsible ways of planning our cities and our future.




NAUTA is passionate about the social and anthropological roots of each project, as base for every design. This commitment implies the addition to the normal design task of an introductory study that goes beyond the traditional design discipline.
NAUTA is eager to practice knowledge based research and design by research in very different geographical contexts, thus imposing a meticulous study of the contemporary matters. The liberalization of the market has unhinged even the strongest economical certainties, imposing a renovated professional versatility. In order to solve this dual ambition, NAUTA performs like a chameleon provided with a radar, placing its accumulated knowledge to the service of the locals, yet absorbing from them new experience and know-how.
From virgin landscapes that are delicately entering the market of tourism to the epitomes of human condensation, such as the BRIC’s megalopolis that are boosting their image and population with the speed of light, NAUTA takes its work as a declaration of love for humanity, committing to play as its most loyal friend and strive to improve the collective quality of life.
NAUTA’s goal is to stay global with its interests, yet become the local accomplice of each client.





NAUTA has developed a multidisciplinary network of professionals that covers all consultancy fields related with architecture, urbanism and landscape design, including sustainability and real estate. This way we manage to overcome in advance problems, developing design solutions flexible in time and capable to meet changing political conditions and budgets.
The ambition to work globally imposes a permeable structure. We believe that, when designing a building or a master-plan in a specific country, we need to absorb its values, thus we need to team up with the locals. This is why, even in its first years of practice, NAUTA’s team counts already more than ten nationalities and countries of practice. We believe that this cultural mix is our best investment for excellence; It nourishes our productive mood, improves our work environment and creative power. Having an international team is inspirational!
NAUTA questions as well the mythical relationship between architect and client, neglecting the image of the misunderstood genius vs. the cynical profit maker. Our work has been so far drove by the vision of clients that, even when moved by practical intentions, helped to mould our ideas into a more sustainable and realistic direction.
That is why out clients are as well our best consultants.



NAUTA does not forget that architecture is as well an act of creation and interpretation. While working on the design of a building, on shaping a portion of a city or on a detailed interior, NAUTA’s ultimate attention is focused on the user, to give him a special experience that could enrich his life.
NAUTA strives to surprise with simplicity, establishing a strong new semantic and narrative balance between program and site. For this reason, beside the natural interest for space innate in every architect, NAUTA looks for an added dimension that deals with the memory and the feelings of a place. That is why a big chunk of our inspiration derives from the art of cinema. As a consequence, we do not wish to belong to a given design current. We are eclectic in the design result, yet surgical in its development. NAUTA’s design is simple, cozy, human.
Finding this balance asks for mastering the foundations of the architectural discipline and its history. For this reason, since its foundation, NAUTA engaged a constant study of archetypal architecture, when the debate about its ‘fundamentals’ was still not collectively acclaimed.

In spite of the economical crisis, NAUTA tested in reality its first thoughts on these matters with a built project in Italy.

Christine, unknown visitor of archdaily, on our ‘Arch exercise I house in Avetrana’:
Wow, I love the atmosphere of quietness in this house. A house that really feels close to you instead of trying very hard to be a statement of the architects’ ego!
Thanks Christine, this is what we work for.



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