bureau69 architects ltd


bureau69 architects is a multi-disciplinary and award-winning collective of architects and designers with an international background and experience.

The studio was founded in Italy in 2003 under the direction of Massimiliano Strano and expanded to incorporate projects in Sao Paulo, with the collaboration of Claudio Inserra Arquiteto. Today, bureau69 architects is based in London, Sao Paulo and Catania.

Our focus is on architecture, interior design, and planning. We specialise in high-end residential and mixed-use development projects, private houses, bespoke and furniture design, and conversions. We have gained also a broad experience in restoration of listed buildings, refurbishments/retrofit, urban design, commercial, hospitality and workspace projects.

bureau69 architects believes in a collaborative and holistic approach to a project and our team welcomes working with individuals, companies, and organizations across the private and public sectors. We have developed projects in Italy, Spain, Brazil and the U.K.

Our design is oriented to the attention to technical details, research of materials and new possibilities in use, harmonious proportions, care in the representation of drawings.

In 2018 bureau69 was selected for the “Best Italian Interior design 2018” organised and published by Publicomm with the aim to display Italian design globally. The LBA project was exhibited at the Italian Design Museum “Triennale” of Milan (Italy), the Palazzo Albertini in Forli’ (Italy), and in Miami (USA). In the same year, bureau69 has been finalist at the British Homes Awards of Sunday Times with the project The Shell.

If you have a project you’d like to discuss, send us an email and we’ll get straight back to you. We speak Italian, English, Portuguese, Spanish.



massimiliano strano 

founder and director architect, London [U.K.] and Catania [IT]  

Massimiliano is the creative and managing Director of Bureau69 Architects LTD.

He graduated in Italy in 1999 in Architecture and Planning, and he is registered as a fully qualified Architect in Italy (OAPPCCT), in the U.K. (ARB), and he is a RIBA chartered member. He founded Bureau69 in Catania (Italy), managing the practice for 14 years in Italy and he continues managing Bureau69’s Italian office.

Throughout his career, he has worked in Spain at Alfredo Arribas Arquitectos Asociados (Barcelona), in partnership with Jacob Goldemberg in Brazil (Rio de Janeiro). He has participated, either as a lead architect and in partnership, at a variety of design competitions, achieving awards and honorable mentions.

Massimiliano in 2017 relocated in London, has been working as an In-House Architect for a development property company in South Kensington, and he is still a Consultant Technical Architect and Project Manager for an Italian company for the fit out of IKEA stores in Italy. He is also appointed as Project Manager for a construction company in London for high-end residential projects. Massimiliano is polyhedral and creative with a strong personality and good organizational skills. He has a relevant site management experience in high-end residential projects, commercial and restoration. His design is focused on details, it is clear, extremely functional,  and colored. He plays piano and he is passionate about cooking and jazz music.

claudio inserra

arquiteto, Saõ  Paulo [BR]

Having graduated in Architecture in Italy in 2010, Claudio started his career as a freelance architect participating in international competitions and achieving excellent results. In 2013, he formed a close collaboration with the Bureau69 studio, developing residential projects in Italy and utilising his extraordinary design and graphic representation skills.

In 2014, Claudio moved to Saõ Paulo (Brazil) to enrich his experience and worked in several professional studios designing residential and public buildings, office towers, mixed-use buildings, and public spaces. A year later, he joined Bureau69 to successfully design and construct a commercial building and showroom for a local catering company in Saõ Paulo.

He possesses high design and graphics skills, excellent in freehand sketch drawings, CGI. Has a strong personality, visionary approach, and a relaxed demeanor.

Claudio Inserra is Bureau69 architects representative in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

caio faggin

arquiteto, Sao Paulo [BR]

Graduated and obtained Master’s degree in São Paulo (1999 /2015) and a degree in Estudos Avançados at EtsaB UPC Barcelona (2006).  Caio started his career in São Paulo and soon after decides to move abroad to gain international experience and spends 7 years in Barcelona  and London, until 2007 when returned to São Paulo.

Throughout his career have been involved in all stages of projects, from design to development, as well as in some stages of construction processes. He acquired solid experience based on interdisciplinarity, has a good  technical background related to a wide variety of  architecture and engineering processes and building systems

Caio is experienced in a wide range of both building scale and architectural markets, especially on: residential, mixed-use, healthcare, cultural and educational.


lorenzo pandolfi

London [UK]

Lorenzo is a Senior Planner in a leading London planning consultancy with extensive experience in projects across the South East of England. He is specialised in residential, commercial and mixed-use developments.

He offers clear-cut advice at all stages of the planning process, from the preparation of tailored appraisals identifying the development potential of a site to the submission of complex planning applications. Thanks to his advocacy skills and attention to detail, he is also a trusted consultant for the submission of appeals to the Planning Inspectorate. An effective team player and project manager, he routinely helps developers in unlocking the full value of difficult sites. Key to his approach is the ability to build positive relationships with local planning authorities at the outset of negotiations.

His most recent success stories include planning approvals for high-end residential schemes in Kensington, Battersea, Richmond and Twickenham, medium-sized mixed-use urban developments and highly profitable office-to-residential conversions.



LBA srl

crafts and bespoke interiors company, Catania [IT]

LBA is a company specialised in handcrafts, bespoke furniture, fit out. Based in Catania, Italy, the company work in all Italy and abroad. LBA is an IKEA’s trusted company in Italy and has completed a number of IKEA showrooms. Bureau69 and LBA work together since 2010, using a fully integrated collaboration where specific knowledge, experience, technical research and challenge has produced extraordinary results and emotional spaces.

Tha LBA project, the workspace for the company in Catania was awarded as the Best Italian Interior Design project in 2018.


supplier high-end bespoke solutions, London [UK] 

Safbuild Ltd  is a distributor in the UK for high-end bespoke made-in-Italy products for fit-out (bespoke joinery, marble and natural stones, ceramic tiles, glass doors, sanitary ware, etc.), extremely innovative single room mechanical ventilation systems with heat recovery and many other outstanding products for indoor air quality and energy saving. We are specialised in residential,  commercial and hospitality sectors.

Safbuild is based in London and trades in all the UK. The added value is our project management capability, the full customer assistance and the expertise in managing new projects and new challenges.

We collaborate with Italian manufacturers which we select based on the highest quality standards. All the materials are checked by us as soon as they are delivered on site in order to verify their full integrity and compliance.

Bureau69 also works closely to landscape designers, mechanical and structural engineers, builders,  and installers, in order to deliver perfectly finished work, with the aim to comply high standard in design and quality.