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Marco Guarnieri & Lea Katz in Tel Aviv

Marco Guarnieri | Lea Katz

Marco Guarnieri & Lea Katz in Tel Aviv
By Lucy Bullivant -

35 year old Marco Guarnieri is one of a rare breed of young Italian architects who have established their practice and home in London.This pivotal position enables him to enjoy “the best of both worlds” - the more peaceful coastal city of Trieste where he was born and the cultural stimulation of life in metropolitan London which has already deeply inscribed its influence on him.
He first came to London in 1996 on a six month scholarship at the Architectural Association where he found that the most exciting Diploma Unit was being run by architects Alejandro Zaera Polo and Farshid Moussavi, co-directors of Foreign Office Architects (FOA). After studying architecture at the University of Venice (IUAV) for four years during his year out in 1998 he worked for Zaha Hadid before returning to the AA to become a student in FOA’s AA Unit. Developing techniques for spatial and material organization such as recategorising programmes and differentiating geometries through specific conditions was its hallmark. FOA invariably hire their own most talented students, and on graduation in 2000 Guarnieri joined them. The experience allowed him to evolve some of these principles in a professional environment, working on projects in Japan, Korea, Spain and the Netherlands.
Seeing its potential for local business, Guarnieri moved to Bermondsey, a rapidly regenerating central district south of the river. He thrives on its lively cultural outlook, enjoying the fact that it feels like “living on a construction site”. In 2003 he established his practice with former partner Lea Katz there, building a company headquarters and retail outlet in Tel Aviv. Now operating his own business, he is building a local network, working on projects including an office building in Trieste - and competitions - in the UK for a tower, and a major urban scheme in Basel together with Swiss architect Ariel Arthur Dunkel, also an alumnus of FOA’s Diploma Unit at the AA.
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