Studio Brooke Canal is an architectural design and renovation practice based on Lake Como, Italy. Founded by British architect Matthew Brooke and Italian architect Barbara Canal we are a dynamic and creative practise offering over 30 years of combined architectural experience in both the UK and Italy.  


Since establishing the practice, Studio Brooke Canal have delivered a number of residential projects for International clients including sensitive, historical refurbishments, new build developments and Interior design projects.


The team at Studio Brooke Canal work seamlessly together and pride themselves in being able to deliver a professional and holistic service, which is tailored specifically to international clients.  Their detailed knowledge of both Italian and UK architectural practice gives them a unique perspective and approach when dealing with clients based overseas.

Through attention to detail and close collaboration with their clients, Studio Brooke Canal is able to delivery bespoke, high quality design for all of their projects. They share an acute attention to detail and a passion for good design bringing a level of creative ingenuity and flair to all their projects irrespective of the scale or complexity. It is this confidence in the architectural team which allows their clients to actually enjoy the process of undertaking a sensitive and sometimes complex project in Italy.



Before establishing Brookecanal Matthew worked as a senior architect for 8 years in a high profile architectural design company in London. During this time Matthew worked on a number of important residential and public building projects.  In the studio Matthew's main focus is on the initial stages of the design process. Matthew's focus is on understanding and developing a clients brief through close collaboration with the client and then the development of conceptual designs and project strategy which provide a foundation for the successful delivery of the project.


Barbara trained at the Venice school of architecture before practising architecture in both Italy and London. In London, Barbara worked on a variety of high profile projects including new residential projects, public buildings and sensitive refurbishment projects, including the restoration of the Grade I listed British Museum in London. In the studio Barbara marries a passion for architectural detailing, a detailed knowledge of Italian construction regulations and an acute attention to detail to ensure the successful delivery of the projects.


Sofia is an Italian architect, who trained in the Milan University of Architecture where she also studied for a masters degree in Interior design. Sofia joined the studio in 2017 and has subsequently become a key member of the design team working on all stages of our projects but with a particular focus towards the development and realisation of the internal architecture and interior design of our projects



Lisa is an Italian architect, who trained in the Florence University of Architecture. Lisa joined the studio in 2020 and has been instrumental in developing the three dimensional aspects of the studios design work. Lisa works on all stages of our projects but is particularly key to developing the computer visualisations and videos which help our clients understand their projects during the design phase.