Umberto Squarcia Jr. is the principal of USD. Umberto's experience in design began at La Sapienza University in Rome, Italy where he maintained an internship at the renowned firm of Franco Casini Architect. While pursuing his studies he showcased his artist talent and innovation at numerous exhibitions in Parma and Rome.
Upon completion of his masters degree from La Sapienza in 1997, Umberto relocated to New York City and began work at M/G New York Architects, specializing in historical buildings renovations and conversions until 2004. Simultaneously he established a private firm in Parma, Italy. In 2003, after five years at M/G Architects, Umberto and fellow designer Augusto Ferretti formed Aurea Architecture.
In 2005 Umberto Squarcia Designs, Inc. was created: a main office in NYC and an Italian office in Parma exchanged young architecture school students as interns (the Columbi Program). USD began working on a wide variety of projects of interior design, architectural renovations, residential, commercial, retail and industrial design, historical buildings restorations and conversions. Throughout all these years Umberto kept creating art, a passion which he cultivated since his early studies and keeps adding inspiration to his creativity and design process.