Architect Una Barac has launched her own architecture and interior design studio, Artelior, with offices in London and Croatia. Having previously worked at Scott Brownrigg and Foster & Partners, her notable projects include Park Plaza, Nuremburg, Germany and the Park Plazas at Eindhoven and Utrecht. Fellow architect Ante Marić, also a former Director at Scott Brownrigg, joins her as Artelior’s Managing Director.
“I felt the time was right to strike out on my own,” comments Barac. “I had 14 amazing years at Scott Brownrigg. I loved it, but I wanted to make my own mark. I’ve negotiated with Scott Brownrigg to carry out a management buy-out of the Zagreb office and have launched my new studio under the Artelior name.”
During her time as Director at Scott Brownrigg, Barac headed up the hospitality sector and led the Croatian team to design and deliver a number of successful projects including Art’otel Mitte, Berlin and Park Plaza Histria Pula. She also led Scott Brownrigg teams in the design and delivery of the interiors at Hilton Bournemouth as well as a number of residential interior projects in London. She also headed the Scott Brownrigg Croatia team that opened seven hotels and resorts in the Adriatic region in five years – Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera, Karisma Adriatic Beach Resort, Boutique Hotel Mlini, Park Plaza Histria, Park Plaza Arena, Courtyard by Marriott Sarajevo, and the public areas of Marriott Residence Inn.
“At Artelior we offer clients a bespoke service which draws on our wealth of experience to deliver hospitality and residential projects in the UK and across Europe,” she concludes. “We understand the hotel business, luxury and what makes a brand tick. We bring that know-how to the table to work closely with the client to translate our design vision into the ultimate guest experience. Equally we know how to design timeless and elegant residential interiors. From space planning through to design, specification and final dressing, we bear in mind the development budget, whilst never losing site of our goal – to create homes that people love living in.”
Current Artelior projects include: The Park Plaza at County Hall, London; Four Seasons Brizenica Bay; Stari Grad, Hvar, Croatia; Courtyard by Marriott, Vilnius, Lithuania; and the Courtyard by Marriott, Split, Croatia, amongst others. Barac and her team of 23 are further establishing a strategic partnership with ex Foster & Partners architect Nick Baker, founder of the residential sector practice Nick Baker Architects.