Lea Pelivan and Toma Plejić graduated from the Faculty of Architecture in Zagreb in 2001. For the first two years they worked as a free lance architects in Zagreb and Split. At the end of 2003, Lea Pelivan and Toma Plejić established STUDIO UP; this Zagreb-based firm concerns itself with contemporary architecture and urban studies.
Studio UP received the Grand Prix of the 2003 Zagreb Salon and represented Croatia at the 2004 Venice Biennale, 9th International Exhibition of Architecture, and participated at the ‘Mare Nostrum’ exhibition and Power Lounge as a part of the 2nd and 3rd International Rotterdam Biennale of Architecture. In 2008 they were part of the following exhibitions: ‘Balkanology’ in Basel, ‘Peacebuilding’ in Rome and ‘New trajectories: Contemporary Architecture in Croatia and Slovenia’ in Boston. In 2009 Studio UP was awarded with the Mies van der Rohe Award – Emerging Architect Special Mention.