With a diverse portfolio spanning across Italy, the UAE, and significant experience in Spain, our projects blend technological innovation and traditional craftsmanship, all while maintaining a strong focus on sustainability and landscape preservation.
Throughout our work, we prioritize the integration of technological advancements, leveraging the latest tools and methodologies to enhance our design process and deliver innovative solutions.
We recognize the importance of honoring tradition, drawing inspiration from architectural heritage and cultural influences to create designs that are timeless and rooted in their surroundings.
Our team is driven by a passion for creating exceptional designs that not only meet the functional needs of our clients but also surpass their expectations. We bring together a combination of creativity, technical expertise, and a deep understanding of local contexts to deliver unique and thought-provoking projects. UNICA Architects is a 100% BIM oriented firm.
Riccardo earned a postgraduate course at MIT, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Smart Cities, and a Master's degree in advanced architecture design in collective housing, held by the Universidad Politécnica of Madrid (UPM) and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH). He obtained his architectural and engineering degrees at the University of Bologna while spending two years as a visiting student at the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia.
At the core of his design philosophy lies an unwavering commitment to exploring innovative approaches that prioritize the human experience.
From the very beginning of his career, he has been profoundly influenced by nature, recognizing the vital role it plays in our lives as a fundamental component of our well-being.
In a world that is constantly evolving, he holds a strong belief in a design that finds a balance between the primordial and the modern. It represents a delicate dance between our primal instincts - where our homes are seen as both shelters and caves - and the demands of modern society, that drive his thoughts.
This approach is reflected in the constant temptation to play with opposing elements, in a harmonious way, to develop a design that enables us to experience ourselves as complete, embodied, and spiritual beings.
Before relocating to Dubai, Riccardo was involved with Juan Herreros Arquitectos in Madrid and with Open Building Research in Italy, on significant large-scale projects around the world, spanning Europe, the USA, China, and South America. Before founding Unica Architects, he was design director for the office of H.H. The crown prince of Dubai, as well as projects director for X-Architects
Lorenzo Capucci, architect and engineer, is a co founding partner and director of UNICA Architects. The firm is engaged in a range of international projects of divergent scales and uses with a focus on residences, luxury hotels and urban-scale projects. The firms’ work has won architectural competitions and has been published in premiere international architectural magazines.
Capucci is a graduate of Universidad Politecnica de Madrid where he earned a M.A. of Architecture in Collective Housing. He earned his architectural and engineering degrees at the University of Bologna and studied at the Universidad Politecnica de Valencia.
Beginning at major architectural office in Madrid, he started his own practice in Italy developing housing, retail and industrial projects before founding Unica Architects.