UUfie is an award winning multidisciplinary architecture studio, founded in 2009 by architect-designers Irene Gardpoit and Eiri Ota. UUfie’s work spans the fields of art, architecture, landscape, furniture, and product design. The practice celebrates experimentation, diversity, and site specific—often inspired by nature—and aims to create “experiences of transition” in all of its work.

Every project is unique, yet unified by working in a highly participatory and collaborative method, with clients, engineers, fabricators and specialist consultants all contributing from the beginning of a project to completion. While continuing to push for innovation and experimentation, the studio addresses the specific features and potential of a particular situation, embracing them into the project while responding to the requirements of the program.

Standout architectural projects include the Ports 1961 Shanghai; the Printemps Haussmann Verticalité; and Lake Cottage, a two-story family home along the lake that references of being in a tree house. Notable furniture and object designs include Yin Yang Table; Echo Table; Whiteout Vases; and Peacock, a set of chairs embodying the frozen moment of the plumage of their namesake.

The studio’s work has been in several contemporary design exhibitions and galleries, including, Spazio Rossana Orlandi, London Design Week, Design Exchange, Guild Design Fair, Design Miami and Museo Bagatti Valsecchi.

Located in Toronto, UUfie is an architecture firm licensed to practice in Canada and Japan.



2018 Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize, Nominee, Lake Cottage
2018 Best of Canada Award, Canadian Interiors, Echo Table
2018 Jury Prize, Canadian Interiors, Echo Table
2018 Best of Canada Award, Canadian Interiors, Printemps Haussmann
2017 Design Vanguard Award, Architectural Record
2017 World Architecture Festival Award, Finalist, Printemps Haussmann
2017 American Architecture Prize, Winner of Renovation, Printemps Haussmann
2017 American Architecture Prize, Winner of Small Project, Lake Cottage
2017 Making Model, Art Museum, Winner “Wa-Wa”
2017 Good Design Award, Japan Design, Best 100, Printemps Haussmann
2017 Design Excellence Finalist, OAA, Ports 1961 Shanghai
2016 A&D Trophy Award, Design Excellence Certification, Ports 1961 Shanghai
2016 Canada Council for the Arts, International Residencies Program in Visual Arts
2016 Winners of the MOS Designer Residency Competition
2016 Longlisted for WAN Façade Award,  Ports 1961 Shanghai
2016 4th Place, DARC Award, Ports 1961 Shanghai
2016 Shortlisted for Alvar Aalto MUSEO Competition
2016 Designlines Love Tag, Designlines, Breath
2016 Twenty + Change for Emerging Practices
2015 Shortlisted for WoodWork Award, Lake Cottage
2015 Shortlisted for A2 Asia Architecture Award, Ports 1961 Shanghai
2015 Shortlisted for Chicago Kiosk Competition
2015 Canada Council for the Arts, Travel Grants to Professionals in the Visual Arts
2015 Michael V. and Wanda Plachta Award, OAA, Lake Cottage
2015 Design Excellence Award,OAA, Lake Cottage
2015 Juror Choice Award, Toronto Design Off-Site, Sea Grey
2015 Designlines Love Tag, Designlines, Sea Grey
2014 Project of Year, Canadian Interiors, Lake Cottage
2013 1st Prize, Printemps Haussemann Competition
2012 Silver Award, IDS, Peacock
2009 Honor Award, Hokkaido Furniture Competition


2018 Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2018 MIART, Milan
2018 Galleria Rossanna Orlandi, Milan, Italy
2017 Toyama Prefectural Museum of Art and Design, Toyama, Japan
2017 Art Museum, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
2017 Galleria Rossanna Orlandi, Milan, Italy
2017 MIART, Milan
2017 Themes and Variation, London, UK
2017 Naturkundemuseum, Graz, Austria
2017 Riverside Gallery, Cambridge, Canada
2016 London Design Week, London, UK
2016 Officina Creativa dell’Abitare, Montalcino, Italy
2016 Gladstone Hotel, “Come Up To My Room”, Toronto, Canada
2015 Urbanspace Gallery, “Twenty + Change”, Toronto, Canada
2015 Design Exchange, Toronto, Canada
2014 Bagatti Valsecchi Museum, “Untold” Exhibition, Milan, Italy
2014 Milano Salone Del Mobile, Milan, Italy
2014 Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy
2014 Canada Bloom, Toronto, Canada
2014 Guild Design Fair, Cape Town, South Africa
2013 Design Miami/Basel, Miami, USA
2013 Galleria Rossana Orlandi, Milan, Italy
2012 Interior Design Show, Toronto, Canada