studio 8 1/2 is an internationally acclaimed Milan and Basel based multidisciplinary architecture practice committed to both architecture and interior design execution as well as research projects development. Founded back in 2011 in the city of Plovdiv, Bulgaria and moved later in 2015 to Italy, where its founders relocate.

Antoniya Kostadinov received her Masters degree in 2015 from Politectico di Milano, Italy after earning a first Masters degree in Structural engineering from the University of Architecture in Sofia, Bulgaria. Her projects were exhibited and published in several international issues, winning awards. She has worked at a number of award winning firms in Europe, including offices in Malta, Italy, Germany and France. She is originally from Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

Vladislav Kostadinov received his Second level Masters degree in Design of excellence for the historic city from the University of Naples, Italy after earning a first Masters degree in 2010 from the University of Architecture in Sofia, Bulgaria and a degree from the High School of Architecture and Construction in 2004. He has worked at a number of award winning firms in Europe, including offices in Malta, Italy, Germany and France. He used to be part of the jury of several international architectural competitions and awards for interior design, to take part of numerous exhibitions, lectures and conferences. He used to be a project supervisor in the High school of architecture and curator of architectural exhibitions. A critic and writer for online and paper medias, in close relationship with research and art formats. Native originally to Bulgaria, born in a small city close to Bulgarian-Greek-Turkish border and has lived and gained serious architectural experience in several European countries.