Bureau69 Architects

Succesful projects need a clear communication.

Therefore, we would like to tell you about our studio, our background, and our ethics.


Bureau69 was first established in Italy in 2003 and co-managed by Max Strano, who returned from his experience in Barcelona with Alfredo Arribas, and Luigi Battiato, returned from his professional experience in Lille, France. 

After their experiences abroad they were keen to join forces to present an International approach, oriented to providing alternative proposals for the use of territories, dealing with local governments and communities. 

The small studio opened in the heart of Catania, a medium size city in the East of Sicily (Italy). The practice stems from the desire to integrate architecture and other disciplines and to root architectural culture in a degraded area of the city, which represents its popular and cultural heart. At that time the city suffered from the restrictions imposed by a master plan which was last updated in 1969 and which forced architects and other professionals to be harnessed in an obsolete mesh of regulations, not in line anymore with new needs and that does not allow architects to express quality. 


The studio is established in Catania and focused on research, international design competitions and collaborations with international architecture offices. Bureau69 worked on a wide range of projects : building renovation and area regeneration, restoration of Listed Buildings, private houses, interior design,  urban design.


Max Strano takes on the management of Bureau69. An intense phase of historical-architectural renovation and conversion projects and international competitions begins. The studio constantly grows and delivers successful projects. It also starts a strong collaboration with the architect Jacob Goldemberg of Rio de Janeiro. Max’s passion for design increases and the projects reached an high level of detail, highly appreciated for their stylistic research, pure and minimal forms, and the advanced use of autochthonous materials.


Following the economic crisis, Max decided to broaden the horizons and, whilst continuing with residual projects in Italy, started some projects in Brazil together with his colleague and friend Claudio Inserra in Sao Paulo. For two years he assiduously visited the city of Sao Paulo (Brazil) for the completion of the projects. The experience allowed him to breathe a more international air and to recognise the benefits of a professional experience in a multi-cultural environment and taking on new challenges.


Max relocates to the U.K. He started  working as a Freelance Architect with architecture practices in London area, as an in-house Architect for a high-end developer in South Kensinghton, and Site Architect / Construction Manager for complex residential and renovation projects in the South East area.


Bureau69 Architects Ltd is established and registered in England and Wales. Max is hired as a remote external consultant to carry out the role of lead architect for the KV studio in São Paulo (Brazil).


Max returns to Italy for personal reasons and he continues his carreer in Sicily as a self employed with the trading name of Bureau69 Architettura e Design. Simultaneously with the profession of architect, Max carries out consultancy as Construction Manager for the G.F. Construction Srl (Siciy)



I sense Light as the giver of all presences, and material as spent Light. What is made by Light casts a shadow, and the shadow belongs to Light.

    We believe ARCHITECTURE is the art of living and has the power and the responsibility to transform the client’s practical needs in design to increase the quality of life.

    We firmly believe the CLIENT represents the key element in the process to create a living space. Smooth communication, detailed conversation and information gathering are preparatory and necessary factors for successful projects.

    We believe architecture is for ALL BUDGETS and has an important social influence. The quality of a building affects user behaviour and a well-designed building can enhance the image of a company, benefitting the company’s brand awareness and marketing. 

    A good architect helps to develop new ways of looking at a building, to discover new materials, DETAIL solutions, raising the standard of the building, and to turn an idea into reality with expert, creative knowledge and competency. 

    We are passionate about learning from history, thinking MODERN and responsible, inspiring buildings for the future.

    QUALITY is not synonymous with high budget: we believe that quality means the best solution in terms of design, performance, organicity, time and budget compliance. 

    We are bonded to the SOCIAL AIM of architecture and design. We want to to help people to live in and use an enjoyable space. 

    We are inspired by the LIGHT, material textures and colours, and our design is oriented to the attention to technical details, harmonious proportions, and precision in drawings. 

    In each project we aim to create a direct relationship between interior space and the NATURAL ENVIRONMENT: the natural light plays a fundamental role in the determination of contemporary living. 

    We do not believe in labels and branded architecture, we rely on a traditional method of making architecture that springs from the place (GENIUS LOCI), elaborated and reinterpretated in respect of the needs, functions, and performance of the building. A project developed in this way for us is SUSTAINABLE.

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