Studio SYN are a London-based contemporary architects practice covering a wide range of projects, such as residential, commercial, education and arts & culture. Our projects are within the medium-to-small range. We also operate in spatial design, art, research and education. We are good listeners and creative solution-finders, detectives and artists, property-aware professionals and persistent out-of-the box thinkers and doers.
The founding members Dejan Mrdja and Ursula Dimitriou ensure that the project of the studio stay modern, honest and independent from popular opinions. Studio SYN are always keen to take on the projects that represent challenges to the knowledge already gained.
Ursula Dimitriou has over seventeen years of professional experience as a qualified architect involved in all project stages, from conceptual design and planning applications to construction management. She has an extensive design and detailing experience across a range of sectors with an emphasis on residential, hospitality, retail, arts and culture. Ursula graduated from the National Technical University of Greece in Athens in 2000. She holds an MA in Art and Architecture from UPC in Barcelona and a PhD degree from the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths University of London. Her PhD focused on design and politics.
She has nine years of teaching experience at BA and MA levels in Architecture, Urban Design and Visual Culture. She has led design studios and contextual studies modules at Central Saint Martins, Westminster University in London, Welsh School of Architecture, University of the Creative Arts in Farnham, Goldsmiths University in London etc. Ursula’s research interests include public space, common space, participatory design, design and social sustainability, grassroots urban practices, theatrical and ephemeral practices in the urban space, public art, visual media as a research method.
Dejan Mrdja has experience of working on a wide range of projects spanning from master planning, urban regeneration, refurbishments, mixed-use, housing and arts & culture projects. His focus in the practice is on planning, buildability and delivery of projects. Dejan has an degree in architecture and engineering from the University of Belgrade, Serbia (2006). Before setting up Studio SYN with Ursula, Dejan has worked in London for a number of award-winning design-led practices. Dejan has extensive client experience, ranging from private clients, developers, start-up design businesses and art organisations. Dejan teaches architecture at Central Saint Martins BA and Welsh School of Architecture.
Dejan is also a practicing artist and holds an MA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins, London (2017). Dejan’s art works are at the intersection of art and architecture, where he addresses his artistic interests through gestural drawing, body actions and mark-making. He builds his art work with an aim to create robust, immersive experiences for both the participants and the audience. Dejan brings in this approach into Studio SYN’s architectural projects wherever possible.
Ursula Dimitriou and Dejan Mrdja working with architecture students at Central Saint Martins, London
Ursula Dimitriou and Dejan Mrdja performing “(Un)Drawing for Two”.