About Us

We are a contemporary tropical architecture studio, created in San José, Costa Rica, by Luz Letelier and Pietro Stagno in year 2000.  We offer professional services in architecture, landscaping and interior design;

constantly working with known engineers and other architects to deliver full set of construction documents and construction supervision.  Our firm is specialized in delivering low impact projects, specifically designed

for the tropics, and embedding into the craft, proven concepts of sustainability.  We have developed craftmanship in various artistic techniques, priding ourselves in incorporating them into our client´s projects. 

We own a CNC machine which we use for project development and custom cutting services.  We are fluent in Spanish, English and French and believe in providing personal custom service to our clients and friends; as well as hoping to

impact positively our community and environment.

 

 

 

Studies

Pietro Stagno Ugarte

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor in Architecture, Rhode Island School of Design, USA
  • Magister en Arquitectura –  Pontifica Universidad Católica de Chile

Luz Letelier Bellalta

  • Architect - Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

Institutions and Associations

  • Members of Costa Rican College Board of Engineers and Architects (CFIA)
  • PS member of American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • PS member Jury for Latin America 2017 edition of the LafargeHolcim Awards for Sustainalbe Construction
  • founding member of Institute of Tropical Architecture.
  • founding member of association FAB LAB Costa Rica. 
  • founding member Landscapers Association of Costa Rica, ASOPAICO
  • member of Commission for Tall Buildings Costa Rica
  • permanent seat as Committee Member for the Costa Rican standard for sustainable buildings in the tropics RESET, INTECO
  • teaching at Veritas University

Awards

  • 2016 Sustainable Construction, CEMEX
  • 2012 First Prize National Biennale, CFIA, Costa Rica for Atrevida House
  • 2012, SuCasa award to the Best Interior Space, Costa Rica
  • 2012, ASOPAICO mention by the landscaping consideration in built projects Costa Rica 
  • 2006, honorable mention, First National Furniture Design Contest, UVeritas 

Exhibitions

  • 2016  National Biennale, CFIA, San Jose
  • 2012  National Biennale, CFIA, San Jose
  • 2011   II Forum - Costa Rica Trade and Sustainable Tourism - EARTH University, Campus La Flor, Liberia
  • 2011  Eco-Expo, Green Pages of Costa Rica, Hotel Ramada, San Jose
  • 2010  D10, Museum of Art and Contemporary Design, MADC, San Jose
  • 2008  Third Furniture Design Biennale, UVeritas, San Jose
  • 2008  Costa Rica Design, Museum of Art and Contemporary Design, MADC, San Jose
  • 2006  Casa Producitva, SuCasa Live, San Jose 
  • 2004  First Furniture Design Biennale, UVeritas, San Jose
  • 2003  Outdoors Art, Ulysses Gallery, permanent collection, San Jose

Lectures

  • Luz de Piedra Work 2000-2015, Fifth Tropical Encounter, IAT, San Jose 2015
  • Towards a Utopical Tropical Design, CLEFA SAN JOSE 2012
  • From Craft and Sustainable Design 2012 International Congress - Chamber of Consultants in Architecture and Engineering of Costa Rica, CCAI, San José
  • RESET, requirements for sustainable buildings in the tropics, the first Central American Congress of architecture green 2011, Guatemala City, Guatemala
  • Architecture in the forest, seminar towards a green architecture 2010, Ministry of environment and natural resources, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Biodiversity and Tropical landscaping 2010, Faculty of architecture, UNIBE, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
  • Luz de Piedra Work 2000-2010 Festival of architecture 2010, UVeritas, San Jose
  • Luz de Piedra Work 2000-2010, Latina University.
  • Architecture for a green country, National Biennale 2010 – Chamber of consultants in architecture and engineering of Costa Rica, San José
  • Built with materials of low impact, Forum sustainable building 2010 - University Veritas. Work Piedra 2000-2010 Luz - Cartago Technological Institute, San Jose.

Publications

  • Book: Landscaping and Tropical Biodiversity, Institute for Tropical Architecture 2003
  • Book: The Banana Farms in Costa Rica, Institute for Tropical Architecture, 2002
  • Book: Holland books
  • Book: Bamboo Architecture Hi-Design Publishing 2015, Link books
  • Book: Best Beach Houses, Seaside Living
  • Book: Dream Coastal Homes, Taschen, 2016
  • Book: Loft Publications
  • Su Casa magazine, issues # IX, 25, 28, 33, 54, 56, 64, 65.
  • Magazine Escala, Bogotá, Colombia.
  • Magazine Mas Deco, La Tercera, Saturday 11 may 2012, Santiago de Chile.
  • Magazine Antillana architecture, 039 Edition files, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
  • Magazine Habitar, CFIA., Costa Rica
  • Magazine Bellas artes, Costa Rica.
  • Magazine Utopia.
  • Magazine Estilos y casas
  • Magazine 4 Sale by owner
  • Newspaper La Nación
  • Newspaper La República
  • Architizer web page
  • Plataforma arquitectura.cl pag web
  • Archello  web page 

Research

  • Concrete Solutions Products Housing, Productos de Concreto, Costa Rica 2002
  • Landscaping and Tropical biodiversity, Institute for Tropical Architecture 2003.
  • Banana Plantations in Costa Rica, Institute for Tropical Architecture 2002.
  • RESET requirements for sustainable buildings in the tropics, Institute for Tropical Architecture 2010-2011
  • Ventilated Concrete Blocks in Costa Rica, Luz Letelier, LafargeHolcim, Uveritas 2019

Competitions

  • 2011 Sustainable housing for middle class in the GAM, Banco Popular, Costa Rica (within the 6 finalists).
  • 2007 Living Steel, sustainable housing - India.  (within the 8 finalists)

Courses

  • Design workshop in architecture, UVeritas
  • Wood structure systems, Univ. Veritas
  • Graduate studies sustainable construction, UVeritas
  • RESET, national standard of sustainable construction,  College Board of Engineers and Architects CFIA, San José

Projects

  • 2002 preliminary design Martinez-Norton house, San Antonio de Escazu, construction area: 250 m2.
  • 2003 Melendez-Moran house, San Isidro de Heredia, construction area: 100 m2 (built)
  • 2003 La Vida Verde house, San Antonio de Escazú, construction area: 250 m2 (built)
  • 2003 private house, condo Monteran, Curridabat, construction area: 400 m2 (built) 
  • 2004 Condominium Monte Real, Bosques de doña Rosa, Cariari, construction area:100 m2 (built)
  • 2004 residential Hola Blanca, phase 1, San Antonio deEscazu, construction area 700 m2 (built)
  • 2004 Salas House, forests of Altamonte , Curridabat, granadilla, construction area: 370 m2
  • 2004 Quesada-Valverde House, Lomas de Ayarco, Curridabat, construction area: 200 m2 (built)
  • 2005 workouts room and offices USA Peace Corps, Rohrmoser, area construction: 120 m2 (built)
  • 2005 games room, ABC Montessori, Rohrmoser, area of construccion:100 m2 (built)
  • 2006 parking and public square, ULACIT, Barrio Turnon, construction area: 3,600m 2
  • 2006 enlargement Luna de Miel house, Playas de Coco, Guanacaste, construction area: 100 m2 (built)
  • 2006 competition Living Steel, Calcutta, India, Wateryard Building, area 800 m2 project selected within the top ten finalists
  • 2006 Pre project for Kopaly Community, Machuca, Orotina
  • 2006 pre project condominium Los Canales, Playas de Coco, Guanacaste, construction area: 1,500 m2
  • 2006 Gurdian-Solano House, Curridabat, San Jose, construction area: 450 m2
  • 2007 Alazan Houses, (Hunter Nelson House, Two Eagles House (built), Nowlen House, Parrita, construction area 790 m2
  • 2007 Pre project Golfo Zulu, five houses and an entertainment room, Dominical, Puntarenas, construction area: 1500 m2
  • 2007 Yoga retreat Sanctuary at Two Rivers, Cabuya, Nicoya Peninsula, construction area: 1200 m2 (built) 
  • 2007 pre Project Spa Ecolodge Lapa Rios, Peninsula de Osa
  • 2008 Puntarenas Kukula Lodge, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Limon, construction area: 440 m2 (built)
  • 2008 Paraiso Homes, two houses and two garages, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Limón,: 500 m2 (built)
  • 2008 Francis House , Curridabat, San Jose, construction area: 480 m2 (built)
  • 2008 Liberia House, Liberia, Guanacasate, construction area: 185 m2
  • 2008 pre project Hernandez House, Lomas de Ayarco, Curridabat, construction area: 240 m2
  • 2008 Lemonade House, Old Harbour, Limon, construction area: 90 m2 (built)
  • 2008 Alazan Houses II (Biggs Walls House, Round House (built), Martin House) construction area: 350 m2
  • 2009 Ulibarri Cordero House , San Antonio de Belén, construction area: 550 m2
  • 2009 Atrevida House, Puerto Jimenez, 300 m2 (built)
  • 2009 private house, Ochomogo, Cartago, construction area: 800 m2
  • 2010 Casa Méndez, clouds of Coronado, San José. Construction area: 130 m2
  • 2010 Master Plan and classroom College bilingual Turrialba, San Jose. Construction area: 14500 m2
  • 2011 Trejos Valverde House, San Antonio de Escazu, construction area: 100 m2 (built)
  • 2012 Project soda, shop and cafeteria Artifice, Uvita, construction area: 150 m2
  • 2012 Monkeys watching trail, Saimiri fundation, Osa Peninsula Foundation (built) ​
  • 2012 Residential Hoja Blanca, phase 2, San Antonio de Escazu, construction area 900 m2 (built)
  • 2013 Three house, Tres Rios, construction: 100 m2 (built)
  • 2013 The Cielo Lodge, Golfito, Puntarenas construction area: 1,200 m2 (built)
  • 2013 Samara Residences, Guanacaste, construction area: 800 m2
  • 2013 AIC Office Building, Port au Prince, Haiti, with STAGNO Studio, area: 3,500 m2
  • 2013 Landscaping for COE Bulding, Bac San José, Curridabat, with STAGNO Studio, area: 28,000m 2
  • 2014 Design and landscaping building Unibe, Tibás, San José, area: 6,500 m2 (built)
  • 2014 Master Plan Liceo Franco Costarricense, with STAGNO Studio, area: 45,000 m2
  • 2014 Autobanco and Executive Building Office Escazú, Bac San José, with STAGNO Studio, construction area: 1,055 m2 (built)
  • 2014 Ketter House, Playas del Coco, construction area: 170 m2 (built)
  • 2014 design and landscaping Executive building INCAE , construction area: 1,850 m2
  • 2014 Executive Residences INCAE, La Garita, Alajuela, with STAGNO Studio, construction area: 1,650 m2 (built)
  • 2014 Herreño Hannemann House, Ocotal, Guanacaste, construction area: 140 m2
  • 2015 Ecologde Yaba Chigui, Ojochal, Osa Peninsula, construction area: 360 m2. (built)
  • 2015 BAC San José Plaza Roble interior design, Escazu, with STAGNO Studio, construction area: 600 m2 (built)
  • 2015 BAC San José La Paco interior design, Escazu, with STAGNO Studio, construction area: 1,055 m2 (built)
  • 2015 conceptualization Digital Banking BAC San José (built)
  • 2015 Malcom Acon House, Cuidad Colon, construction area: 70 m2 (built)
  • 2015 Metropolitan Building refurbishing for Bac San José, with STAGNO Studio, construction area: 1,700 m2 (built)
  • 2015 Container City, Gastronomic Market, San Pedro, with STAGNO Studio, construction area: 1,000 m2
  • 2015 Silo Park, Collaboration Center and Strip Mall, Barrio Dent, San Jose, with STAGNO Studio, construction area: 2,100 m2
  • 2016 Plan Maestro Sensoria Land of Senses (8 hectáreas proyectados) Rincón de la Vieja, Alajuela
  • 2016 Container MiniStorage, Ciudad Colon, San José, with STAGNO Studio, construction area: 4,000 m2 (built) 
  • 2016 Stephan Schmidheiny Building Refurbishing INCAE, La Garita, Alajuela, with STAGNO Studio, construction area: 1,960 m2 (built)
  • 2016 Colaboration with STAGNO Stduio for MEP-BID High school preprojects: 
    • Liceo Occidental de Cartago
    • Liceo rural San Jose del Amparo
    • Telesecundaria Jazmines B, Liceo rural Nueva Guatemala
    • Liceo Felix Mata Valle
    • Escuela Conventillos
    • Liceo rural Santa Rosa
  • 2016 Juanito Mora High School, Puntarenas, with STAGNO Studio, constructio area: 3,600 m2
  • 2016 Comunal Salon Palo Seco, for Equilibrium, Península de Osa, Puntarenas, construction area: 60 m2 (built)
  • 2016 Chacarita High School, Puntarenas, with STAGNO Studio, construction area: 11,200 m2
  • 2016 Río Oro Strip Mall Refurbishing Proposal, Santa Ana, San Jose, construcion area: 1,800 m2
  • 2016 Shopping Center Terra Verbena, Alajuelita, with STAGNO Studio, construction area: 17,800 m2
  • 2017  Ghersinich House, Alajuela, construction area: 180 m2
  • 2017  Araña Alegre Lodge, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Limon, ocnstruction area: 560 m2
  • 2017 Quizarrá Cofee Shop, Carrizal de Alajuela, construcion area: 110 m2
  • 2017 Entre Uvas Wine Bar, Escazu, San José, construcion area: 120 m2
  • 2017 Coopecaja New Building interior design, San José, construcion area: 3,600 m2
  • 2018 Residencia Turística ärbol de Mango, Península de Papagayo, Guanacaste, construcion area: 890 m2
  • 2018 Los Olivos House, Vista de Oro, Escazu, San José, construction area: 300 m2 (built)
  • 2018 Bed and Breakfast El Quizarrá, Carrizal de Alajuela, construction area: 410 m2
  • 2018 Luna de Miel House refurbishing, Playas del Coco, Guanacaste, construction area: 100 m2 (built)
  • 2018  Nir Studio and Rancho, Altos del Cacique, Playas del Coco, Guanacaste
  • 2018 Rural Tourism House CODECE , San Antonio de Escazu, cosntruction area: 350 m2
  • 2018 San Miguel House, Playa San Miguel, Nicoya, construction area: 325 m2 (built) 
  • 2018 Office + Workshop refurbishing Luz de Piedra, San Antonio de Escazu, construction area: 80 m2 (built)
  • 2019 Eureka House and Studio, Escaleras, Dominical, Puntarenas, construction area: 320 m2
  • 2019 Balas Houses and Studio, Hacienda Paraiso, Santa Ana, construction area: 535 m2
  • 2019 El Cielo Lodge II Fase, Golfito, Puntarenas, construction area: 560 m2
  • 2019 Papagayo Explorers Club Adventure Center, Peninsula de Papagayo, Guanacaste, construction area: 280 m2

Collaborators

  • Bruno Stagno Arquitecto y Asociados
  • Institute of Tropical Architecture
  • Arch. Gunther Lutz
  • Arch. Lucila Ortiz
  • Arch. Karla Venegas
  • Arch. Susana Soto
  • Arch. Macos Chen
  • Arch. Andres Zegers
  • Arch. Paisajista Nicole Letelier
  • Arch. Cesar Arguedas
  • Arch. Pablo Quiros
  • Arch. Fernando Gomez Cuetara
  • Dib. Gabriel Rojas
  • Dib. Nataly Ugalde
  • Dib. Tatiana Chavarría
  • mens. David Madrigal
  • Renders Arch. Dagoberto Gamboa
  • Renders Arch. Benjamin Garcia Saxe
  • Renders Arch. Luis Diego Monge
  • Renders Arch. Andres Kaune
  • Renders Shout