WHO WE ARE
Founded in London by Toru Saeki and Cristina Lanz Azcarate,
atelier EURA is a design studio specialised in architecture and
focused on developing designs which address the challenges of contemporary city living.
Our Directors have over forty years of combined international experience in the practice of architecture and insight into the British market acquired whilst working in some of the country's leading design studios.
BSc, MA, AAMA
Toru gained his Architectural Planning Degree at the School of Engineering at the University of Tokyo. He continued his training at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music where he studied an MA in Architectural Design.
In 1993, he joined the Taisei Corporation, one of Japan’s top multi-disciplinary organisations within the built environment, where he became Associate Architect. During his years at Taisei, Toru designed, amongst others, a model of Sustainable Community which represented Japan at the GBC 2000 International Conference of Ecological Architectures in Holland. He also designed a residential complex for the Japanese Prime Minister and his family.
In 2001, Toru moved to London to study a second Master, in Housing and Urbanism, at the Architectural Association School of Architecture. On completion of his MA, he joined Stefan Zins Associates where he became an Associate and developed, amongst others, a Kick-Start prototype for Kier to respond to the demands of First Time Buyers in the UK.
In 2008 Toru left SZAL to join Panther Hudspith where he worked on the design of various high profile projects including the Athletes Village for the London 2012 Olympic Games and Royal Road, a 140 units regeneration project which forms part of the Elephant and Castle’s Master Plan. In the Autumn of 2012 he co-founded Atelier EURA with Cristina.
ARB, RIBA, NAWIC
A Chartered Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Cristina gained her Architectural Degree at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de San Sebastián, her hometown, and moved to London to complete her academic training as well as to gain professional experience.
Cristina has worked on all sides of the architectural process which is why she puts great emphasis on relationships not only with clients but with each member of the Design and Construction Team. She believes that the secret to delivering a successful project is a committed team.
Thoroughly enjoying the anthropological side of the built environment, Cristina sees architecture as a tool to better the quality of life of others and being part of the industry as a responsibility full of potential. It is this potential that inspires her and helps her remain passionate about her work
Cristina has worked in senior positions since becoming an Associate for KMW/Stefan Zins in 2005 and after years dedicated to delivering large regeneration projects including the award-winning Vermilion ( Phase 1 of Canning Town's regeneration for English Cities Fund), in the Autumn of 2012, she co-founded atelier EURA with Toru.
Committed to supporting diversity in the industry, she does so from her positions as London and South East Chair for NAWIC, her advisory role at Architects for Change and as a Mentor at the pan-professional programme: Fluid Mentoring.