Débora Mesa is keynote speaker today at Denver Design Week. Her talk, organized by Women in Design (WID) will present how her firm Ensamble Studio pushes the boundaries of Architecture from different fronts, discovering untapped opportunities in the contexts they interact with. The event will start at 5:30pm in Space ANNEX.

For more information, please visit the WiD website www.widdenver.org


Débora Mesa is lecturing today at the College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) of Kent State University in Cleveland, OH, USA. She will be presenting the work of Ensamble Studio reflecting on how ideas become built architecture. The lecture is part of CAED Fall Lecture Series and will take place in Cene Lecture Hall at 6:15pm.

For more information, follow the link: http://aiaakron.org/event/kent-state-university-fall-lecture-series-debora-mesa/


Anton Garcia Abril and Débora Mesa are guest speakers at Yokohama Graduate School of Architecture this fall. The lecture, moderated by Japanese architect Kazuyo Sejima, will take place this coming Monday October 21, 2019, at 16:30 pm in Y-GSA Power Plant Hall.

The lecture will dive into the ideas and methodologies behind Ensamble Studio's work.

For more information, follow the link: y-gsa.jp - 横浜国立大学大学院/建築都市スクール “Y-GSA”


Débora Mesa is presenting "Structures of Landscape" this coming Monday, October 14 at Princeton University, as part of the School of Architecture’s Fall 2019 Lecture Series on the theme "Atmosphere". The lecture will offer an itinerary through works that explore the boundaries between architecture and landscape, architecture and geology, architecture and art; works that open intriguing conversations about the nature of architectural space, design and construction methodologies, materials and context; works that discover how structures can be extracted from the guts of the earth and what spaces and experiences such actions enable.

The lecture will start at 6 pm, in the Betts Auditorium of the School of Architecture. For more information, follow the link: soa.princeton.edu - Lecture: Débora Mesa | Princeton University School of Architecture


Today we open the doors of Hemeroscopium House to celebrate Open House Madrid 2019, organizing a public tour inside.

 Open House is a worldwide movement that takes place one weekend every year in 40 cities, opening up cities and their public buildings, offices, private houses and studios that are usually not easily accessible. The event aims to make the architecture of our cities accessible for free to the citizens, allowing them to experience the buildings for themselves.

 Welcome home!

More info (in Spanish) at: openhousemadrid.org - Casa Hemeroscopium Ensamble Studio | Open House Madrid



NESS magazine features in its second issue a dedicated section on ENSAMBLE STUDIO, following an interview with principals Antón García-Abril and Débora Mesa. The document highlights some of the ideas and methodologies behind Ensamble Studio's work and examines the dualism between prefabricated systems and dramatic landscape structures.
The magazine is been presented at the Leslie-Lohman Museum in New York, today from 6.00pm to 8.00pm.
More info at: https://nessmagazine.com/you-are-invited-to-the-ness-nyc-launch/



Ensamble Studio is the recipient of the 2019 RIBA Charles Jencks Award. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has made the announcement public today.

The RIBA Charles Jencks Award is given to an individual or practice that has recently made a major contribution internationally to both the theory and practice of architecture. It was established in 2003 and past recipients include Alejandro Aravena (2018), Niall McLaughlin (2016), Herzog & de Meuron (2015), Benedetta Tagliabue (2013), Rem Koolhaas (2012), Eric Owen Moss (2011), Steven Holl (2010), Charles Correa (2009), Wolf Prix (2008), Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos (2007), Zaha Hadid (2006), Alejandro Zaera-Polo and Farshid Moussavi (2005), Peter Eisenman (2004) and Cecil Balmond (2003).

The award will be presented on Monday, November 4 at a special event in RIBA London, chaired by Charles Jencks and including a lecture by principals Débora Mesa and Antón Garcia-Abril.

Tickets to attend the Ensamble Studio 2019 Charles Jencks Lecture are available at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/riba-charles-jencks-award-2019-ensamble-studio-tickets-73085742423


Ca'n Terra, our most recent project, has been nominated for the "Beazley Designs of the Year 2019" and is on display at the Design Museum in London.

Beazley Designs of the Year is an annual celebration of the most original and exciting products, concepts and designers across the globe, showcasing designs that inspire, represent change in their field and capture the moment in time. Amongst them, Ca'n Terra is the House of the Earth, a project that recovers an abandoned quarry and brings it back to life.

The exhibition opens tomorrow, September 11 and will run until February 9, 2020. For more information, visit the museum's website: designmuseum.org - Beazley Designs of the Year


Débora Mesa is lecturing this coming Wednesday, September 11th, at the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA), an event organized in partnership with the School of Architecture at Georgia Tech. The lecture will dive into the work of the office reflecting how a scientific understanding of architecture allows for the creative freedom to build on past innovations, mix imagination with reality, and improve our quality of life.

The lecture will take place at 7:00 pm in the Rich Theater of the Woodruff Arts Center, located directly across the street from MODA.

For more information, follow the link: https://www.museumofdesign.org/calendar/2019/9/11/architecture-lecture-dbora-mesa-of-ensamble-studio


Under the motto "Architect the Future", MMA CEO & CMO Summit 2019 brings together an inspiring line-up of speakers and global thought leaders who are helping to lead the transformation their industries with new and creative ideas.
Amongst them, Debora Mesa will present works and methods through which our practice pushes the boundaries of Architecture, untapping opportunities in the contexts we interact with.
The event will take place in Sonoma, California, USA from July 21 to July 23, 2019.

For more information on the agenda or to join the waiting list: mmaglobal.com - MMA CEO & CMO Summit 2019



Ensamble Studio is part of “Mutazioni”, an international exhibition curated by Antilia Gallery in the medieval tower of the Melodia Castle, Ruvo di Puglia, Italy; open to the public from July 12 to July 27, 2019. The exhibition aims to open a window into a possible future and "to search for tools and strategies for a mutation - of thought even before action - environmental, economic and social." With our featured work "The Truffle" we explore how to blend the boundaries between architecture and nature, looking for more visceral conversations between the two.

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Our project of a Start-Up Center in Seoul (South Korea) is featured in the latest issue, n°151, of GA DOCUMENTS "INTERNATIONAL 2019", along with other 38 ongoing projects all over the world.

 This project, located in the Changdong-Sanggye area, north of Seoul City, is part of an urban regeneration plan that aims to transform this region into a new economic and cultural center. The project departs from an understanding of the infrastructural nature of the site and the diversity of uses to be accommodated under the same roof, to build a platform for living, working and learning.


Learn more about this publication here: https://www.ga-ada.co.jp/english/ga_document/gad151.html


Architecture, Landscape and Music come together in Domo at Tippet Rose Art Center, where every summer an extraordinary series of concerts is programmed. This musical interpretation of Johannes Brahms's Intermezzo Op.177, No.2, performed by pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, is testimony of a unique encounter in nature. Do not miss the video, filmed by Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTygrj8ByS8



Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum (NYC, USA) opens "Nature", its 2019 Design Triennial, on Thursday, May 9. The exhibition, co-organized with Cube Design Museum (Kerkrade, Netherlands), presents the work of sixty-two international design teams who are "forging meaningful connections with nature."

The exhibition features Ensamble Studio's Petrified River –an installation composed of a hill, a river and a pond, made of concrete– that serves as metaphor of the rich landscape that Manhattan once was, when it was still known as Mannahatta or “island of many hills”.

For more information on the exhibition follow the link: https://www.cooperhewitt.org/channel/nature/



Débora Mesa joins ETH Zürich as guest speaker in its 2019 Spring Lecture Series. On May 6, at 6 pm, in building HIL E4. This lecture series brings together different perspectives about architecture as a cultural and social act, with participants like Saskia Sassen, Lara Almacergui or Thomas Hirschhorn, along with Débora.

Click here for more information:​ https://bit.ly/2Fi2oNf


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Financial Times presents "the houses that architects build for themselves", featuring Hemeroscopium House (Madrid, Spain) and Cyclopean House (Brookline MA, USA) that Antón García-Abril and Débora Mesa designed, built and inhabit, amongst the works of other architects like Frank Gehry, Lina Bo Bardi, Albert Frey or Le Corbusier.

The article –by Edwin Heathcote– explores the meaning and roles that a house plays in architect's private lives and how they manage to balance personal desires and practical needs, making it possible to live in one's own project.

Read the full article here:


Financial Times presents "the houses that architects build for themselves", featuring Hemeroscopium House (Madrid, Spain) and Cyclopean House (Brookline MA, USA) that Antón García-Abril and Débora Mesa designed, built and inhabit, amongst the works of other architects like Frank Gehry, Lina Bo Bardi, Albert Frey or Le Corbusier.

The article –by Edwin Heathcote– explores the meaning and roles that a house plays in architect's private lives and how they manage to balance personal desires and practical needs, making it possible to live in one's own project.

Read the full article here:




Calderona House, a recent project by Ensamble Studio, is featured in the annual exhibition and special issue n°163 of "GA HOUSES PROJECT 2019", along with over 50 other ongoing residential projects all over the world.

This project, located in Extremadura (Spain) revives the memory of the preexisting settlement found on the site, exposing the new domestic spaces to the landscape. Over the vestiges of old masonry walls, other stones are built, free from any architectural predetermination so that they can accommodate to the orography and result in new spaces, shaded areas, sheltered rooms, and framed views.

Visit GA gallery in Tokyo from March 23 to June 2, 2019, or learn more detailed information about the project in ga-ada.co.jp - GA gallery



Hemeroscopium House is part of “The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes” on Netflix (episode 1, season 2, part B)

Award-winning architect Piers Taylor and actress/property enthusiast Caroline Quentin visit it on their trip to Spain, speculate on the spatial and constructive qualities of its prefabricated parts, swim in the flying pool and interview Antón Garcia-Abril seeking some answers to the multiple questions that the house brings to their minds.

Watch the full documentary on Netflix:
netflix.com - Netflix France - Watch TV Shows Online, Watch Movies Online - The World's Most Extraordinary Homes | Netflix



Antón García-Abril joins the School of Architecture of the Cooper Union as guest speaker on the occasion of the inauguration of the XIV edition of the Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism (BEAU), from October 30 to December 1, 2019.
Under the motto “Más habitar, más humanizar” (“More living, more human”), the exhibition will be complemented by a program of conferences both at the Cooper Union and the Cervantes Institute in NYC, which will include presentations by MAIO Architects, Leven Betts Studio and WOJR, along with Ensamble Studio.

The event will take place on Tuesday, October 29, in The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at the Cooper Union, at 7 pm.
Click here for more information: cooper.edu - XIV Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism VII Diploma Project Exhibition | The Cooper Union


Antón García-Abril is lecturing todayWednesday, October 30, at the University of Colorado in Denver, as part of the College of Architecture & Planning Fall Lecture Series. 
The lecture will be held at the Gallery Space of the School at 5:30pm, preceded by a reception at 5pm.

The full lecture series schedule can be found here: architectureandplanning.ucdenver.edu - College of Architecture and Planning


Antón García-Abril participates in the annual AIA Colorado 2019 Practice + Design Conference as Keynote speaker with the lecture “ON:OFF”.

The lecture proposes an immersion into the processes of conception and materialization of Ensamble Studio's works: from the intensive use of on-site resources to the use and development of off-site technologies that dislocate manufacturing from on-site assembly.
The event will take place on Thursday, October 31st, at 3:45 PM at the Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center in Breckenridge.

For more info : cvent.com - AIA Colorado 20189Practice + Design Conference


Ensamble Studio travels to London to attend the ceremony of the 2019 RIBA Charles Jencks Award. On Monday, November 4, Principals Antón García-Abril and Débora Mesa will receive the award, present a conference and converse with Paul Finch, the editorial director of The Architectural Review, during a special event at the Royal Institute of British Architects. In this special occasion Architecture will be celebrated, thanks to the generosity of the polymathic architect Charles Jencks, who created the Award in the first place and who will be very especially missed.

More details on the event are available here:
eventbrite.co.uk - RIBA Charles Jencks Award 2019 - Ensamble Studio


The Financial Times Magazine features Ensamble Studio in an article that highlights how climate change is prompting architects to build innovative underground structures.

Ensamble Studio’s works, from The Truffle (Costa da Morte, 2010) to Structures of Landscape for Tippet Rise Art Center (Montana, 2016) and Ca’n Terra (Menorca, 2019), are defined as “some kind of ancients monolith, somewhere between land art and Stonehenge, [...] dramatic, theatrical space that is as much about the nature of architecture and dwelling as it is possible to be [...] underground and excavated space is somehow the essence of the material, an intense exploration of the inside of the rock.”

Read the article here: propertylistings.ft.com - Could you live in a subterranean home? | FT Property Listings