“A great building must begin with the unmeasurable, must go through measurable means when it is being designed and in the end must be unmeasurable.”

Louis Kahn

LUCA POIAN FORMS is an award-winning London based architectural design studio investigating the relationship between form, materiality and construction methods.

Based on the belief that within the context of contemporary culture the design and construction industry has gradually submitted to a technology-driven mindset, we work at the intersection of culture and innovation in search for a spiritual understanding of architecture that goes deeper than simply constructing buildings.

Our ultimate goal is to create spaces that are both highly functional and spiritually uplifting. We refrain from short-lived fashions and aspire to deliver timeless and environmentally conscious buildings.

Luca Poian is a London-based architect with a keen interest in architectural tectonics. His work spans a variety of scales and uses and is characterised by a rigorous approach that integrates materials, construction and context.

Luca studied at the Technical University in Vienna and at the Venice University of Architecture (IUAV), where he graduated with honours in 2003. He started his career at Foster and Partners in London and Abu Dhabi, where he was site architect for two of the most prestigious cultural developments in the UAE: the Zayed National Museum on Saadiyat Island and the Masdar University Campus. Following his experience at Foster and Partners, Luca joined the London offices of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, where he worked on a wide range of projects across Europe and the Middle East, including the extension to the United Nations headquarters in Geneva and the winning competition scheme for the adaptive restoration of the Hajj Terminal at King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah, KSA.

LUCA POIAN FORMS was founded in 2019 with the goal of furthering Luca’s aspiration to infuse construction with enduring values that transcend practical needs. The practice’s portfolio includes a wide range of award-winning public facility projects, including cultural centres, places of worship, transport infrastructure and temporary pavilions, as well as small-scale residential buildings. The practice’s work has been widely published and has taken part in exhibitions worldwide.

Luca is a fully qualified architect registered both in Italy and in the UK, and a chartered member of the RIBA.

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