With offices in London and Oslo, we are a young architectural studio offering a different point of view.
United by rigour, enthusiasm and a multi-disciplinary approach, our three principals–Mark Smyth, Sigrún Sumarliðadóttir and Giambattista Zaccariotto–bring together a wealth of expertise in a variety of scales, from residential interiors to urban design.
Since starting out in 2015, we have realised a number of ambitious and concept-driven projects, including the renovation of an Icelandic farmhouse and cultural centre, the extension of a townhouse in London’s Chelsea, as well as several transformative urban projects in northeastern Italy.
Derived from the Icelandic word for ‘inhabit’, our studio name reflects our keen interest in honing the human habitat while embracing cultural and historical qualities. Combining a deep appreciation for quality craftsmanship and mastery of technology with a collaborative, hands-on approach, we work to refine and elevate everyday spaces in the belief that it is our immediate surroundings that inform not just who we are, but how best we can live.
Mark Smyth is an Irish architect and interior designer with extensive residential experience. He founded Bua while working at award-winning London studio The Manser Practice, where he has led demanding projects ranging in scale from one-off private residences nestled in the English countryside to high-rise mixed-use developments in the heart of London. Raised a stone’s throw from his parents’ plant nursery, Mark is an avid horticulturalist whose prowess extends beyond buildings to garden design.
Sigrún Sumarliðadóttir is an Icelandic architect with a background in visual arts. She is especially practiced in the design, procurement and construction of public buildings in Norway, and has–in her role as project architect at Oslo studio LMR Arkitekter–overseen a number of public projects such as schools in Kautokeino and Bærum. In recent years, Sigrún has also led a number of residential refurbishments and urban design projects. Our resident polyglot, she speaks fluent English, Icelandic, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch and Italian.
Giambattista Zaccariotto is an Italian architect-urbanist and educator. An associate professor at IUAV Venezia and visiting professor at AHO Oslo, his focus is the planning and design of the contemporary urban landscape. He has contributed to award-winning projects for different situations in European cities including an urban plan for Moss-Oslo (together with Studio Secchi-Viganó) and a city park in Antwerpen (in collaboration with Asplan Viak). Key to his work is the integration of architecture, urbanism and landscape.