Luis Matania

Luis Matania

Partner Architect BA (Hons) Dip Arch (OX) RIBA

Luis studied in Oxford and Washington, D.C., and had won several competitions as a young architect, receiving an RIBA award. He joined Foster + Partners in 1995 and his early work includes Canary Wharf Station and Florence High-speed Rail. He was made Partner in 2006 and leads projects in America, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. He specialises in sustainable masterplans, including those for Milan, Portugal, Croatia, Singapore and Masdar City. Luis has been teaching at Nottingham University since 2005.


Luis joined Foster + Partners in 1995 and was made partner in 2006. He leads teams on projects in North America, Asia, the Middle East and Europe, and has recently completed several projects for Apple around the world, including Apple Piazza Liberty in Milan and Apple Dubai Mall.

Luis has a great deal of experience in masterplanning and developing mixed use communities and is currently overseeing new masterplans and resorts in the USA and UAE. His experience includes Masdar City, a carbon neutral development in Abu Dhabi. He also worked for the government on the Supreme Court of Singapore and the 1st LEED neighbourhood in Milan, Italy.

Some of his earlier projects include the Aberdeen Business School at the Robert Gordon University, Scotland, Canary Wharf Underground Station and HSBC Headquarters, London, and the Leslie L. Dan Pharmacy Building at the University of Toronto, Canada.

Luis is a strong advocate of working closely with the client and end users to find a unique response to each project. On the Leslie L. Dan Pharmacy Building he helped guide the professor’s steering committee to create a new multi-functional building that centralises all teaching, research and administrative spaces within a single structure – bringing together departments that were previously spread throughout the university campus.

Luis studied in the UK and the US graduating from Oxford and Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1988. During his studies Luis won several competitions receiving an RIBA award. He was also a regular exhibitor at the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition where he was described as a ‘great talent to watch for’.

Luis was also a design tutor at Nottingham University for 5th and 6th year Diploma between 2005 and 2011.

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