ARCstudio Ltd was set up primarily as an architectural restoration consultancy firm. From conception it put the importance of Cultural Heritage and the preservation of cultural identities at its heart. Malta, being strategically located in the Mediterranean Sea at the crossroads of cultures and civilisations is endowed with a substantial number of cultural and heritage sites. Despite, that in the past their importance was underestimated or neglected due to other priorities, the current situation has changed drastically. Malta’s EU accession has opened up new funding opportunities, and with the government’s 2018 vision to establish Malta as a centre of excellence including in the tourism sector, the need to restore and conserve the cultural and historical heritage of Malta has finally gained its rightful significance.
The market is expected to grow considerably and the architectural revolution is set to continue with ever-increasing importance it plays in communities. Restoration and conservation will always play a significant role in Malta due to the unprecedented number of cultural and historical sites.
Nowadays ARCstudio gives importance to several other fields of the built environment. Architecture and Urban design, Environmental design and engineering, Interior design, Project management and MEPA consultancy have become merged with ARCstudio’s raison d’être – restoration and conservation. Hence ARCstudio provides its clients with a one-stop shop service to bring their dreams and ideas into reality with the least financial burdens.
Claude Busuttil, director and chief architect at ARCstudio Ltd. He is also a part-time assistant lecturer at the International Institute for Baroque Studies at the University of Malta. He obtained a Bachelors and Masters Degree in History of Architecture and Restoration of Monuments from the University of Florence (Italy) in 1998. He has previously worked on restoration and conservation projects, interior design and project management for government, ecclesiastical and private entities. He is currently reading for a doctorate in Modern and Contemporary History at the University of Rouen, France. As Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres official recognition given by the Ministry of Culture and Communication of the French Republic presented on 14th July 2009.
Ivan Giordano graduated in Architecture and Civil Engineering (Hons.) from the University of Malta in 2013. In 2015, Ivan obtained an M.Sc in Conservation Technology for Masonry Buildings at the Department of the Built Heritage, Faculty for the Built Environment at the University of Malta. He attained the warrant of Architect and Civil Engineer (Perit) in 2015.
Nison Santanera, read a Bachelor’s degree in architecture (Architettura per il Progetto) from the Politecnico di Torino in 2013. He obtained a Master’s degree in Architecture in 2015, specializing in spatial planning of buildings and construction technology (Architettura Costruzione Città) at the same University. Prior to his employment at ARCstudio, Nison worked with a private architectural firm in Italy, dealing with architectural design and interior. In 2016, he participated and won a regional competition to carry out an internship abroad, which led him to ARCstudio Ltd.
Marley German successfully concluded his Bachelor of Science (Hons) In Construction Engineering at the Malta College for Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST) in 2017. He also possesses the Journeyman’s Certificate in Civil Engineering. He plays a key role within the firm, by providing project costings for the projects undertaken by the firm.
Mirhea Cutajar, successfully concluded her BTEC Extended Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment at the University College at MCAST. She is currently reading a BSc (Hons) in Construction Engineering at the Institute of Engineering and Transport within University College (MCAST). She plays a key role within the firm, whilst keeping an eye on most of the projects Mirhea provides technical assistance to all at the firm. Mirhea is well read with all the PA policies and makes it her duty to update herself with the latest legal notices.
Antonio Sciortino (1879—1947), ed. Kumitat Monument Antonio Sciortino, Malta 1997.
L–Arkitettura tal–Knisja Parrokkjali ta’ l–Imqabba, in L–Imqabba mal–medda taż–żmien, ed. Mqabba Local Council and Mqabba Parish Church, Malta 1998
A Double Act for the ‘Norman House’: Palazzo Falzon or Palazzo Cumbo–Navarra, in Melita Historica, Malta 1999, Vol. XII, no. 4, pp. 411—418.
Conservation Study of facades at 174—186 St. Ursula Street, Valletta, in Vigilo, no. 19, February 2001, pp.10—15.
The Salini Rehabilitation Project, R.P.Borg (ed), 2011. Challenges in Conservation of Architectural Heritage. Ch 10
Chiara Bonello (2013). Perfectly Palatial, Bliss. pp.53-55
MAS Communications (2013). Spaces- Homeworks (Issue 59), pp.25-32
ARCstudio can succeed in its objectives as it has a network of foreign agencies with which it has collaborated in the past and will undoubtedly continue doing so. In addition, liaising with the relevant local authorities and agencies will further ensure success as it would incorporate the various views people might have.
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