MANIFESTO

1.

We think with our hands, we experience. We seek to control the processes more accurately than the results. Because finding the logic in the development makes it harder to be wrong.

2.

We go to the origin of the processes, to the raw materials, we try to arrive to the essence of the elements and construction systems. And this scientific understanding enables a extreme freedom to operate outside the preconceived processes. We use industry at the service of architecture but not vice versa.

3.

We dream spaces and design their construction using an explosive mixture of imagination and reality, aiming to excite places and people, to create strong bonds that will improve the quality of life in and around them.

4.

Our work has no pigeonholes, no barriers. We design the shadow to obtain spaces of light and we can build with heavy elements to obtain weightless and transparent spaces. We go from stressed structures to dense structures, from the small scale of the house to the bigger scale of the city, from reordered nature to prefabricated systems.

5.

We do not ignore history, we have studied it and we reread it with every project. But we use actual technology and we face the problems of our present times.

6.

Structure is the architecture, which is not only entrusted with the important task of dealing with gravity, but also traces the space, frames the landscape, orders the program, expresses; and so, defines architecture. Without dressings or disguise, with constructive economy and honesty.

7.

And above all, we do. And if we make mistakes, we learn. But the perseverance in doing keeps us alive. If we do not have work, we invent it.

TEAM

Ensamble Studio is a cross-functional team founded in 2000 and led by architects Antón García-Abril and Débora Mesa. Balancing education, research and practice, the office explores innovative approaches to architectural and urban spaces, and the technologies that build them. Among the studio’s most relevant completed works are Hemeroscopium House and Reader’s House in Madrid (Spain), Music Studies Center and SGAE Central Office in Santiago de Compostela (Spain), The Truffle in Costa da Morte (Spain), Telcel Theater in Mexico City and, more recently, Cyclopean House in Brookline (USA) and Structures of Landscape for Tippet Rise Art Center in Montana (USA). Their work is extensively published in both printed and digital media, exhibited world-wide -Orleans Frac Centre Biennial 2017, Chicago Architecture Biennial 2017, Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 and 2010, GA International Exhibitions 2016-2010 in Tokyo, MOMA NY 2015, MAK Vienna 2015, M.I.T. 2015, Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/ Architecture 2013 in Shenzhen, etc.- and awarded with international prizes –2017 Architizer A+Award, 2016 NCSEA Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards, Iakov Chernikhov Prize 2012, Rice Design Alliance Prize 2009 to emerging architects, Architectural Record Design Vanguard Prize 2005, among others. Beside their professional career, both principals keep a very active research and academic agenda: have been invited professors and lecturers at numerous universities and architecture forums, were curators of Spainlab -Spanish Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2012- and founded that same year the POPlab (Prototypes of Prefabrication Research Laboratory) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.), that they continue to direct.

 

PRINCIPALS

 

ANTÓN GARCÍA-ABRIL, Architect

DÉBORA MESA, Architect

 

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JAVIER CUESTA, Master Builder

BORJA SORIANO, Associate Architect & Hiring Manager
MASSIMO LOIA, Associate Architect & Audiovisual & Communication Director

MENGYUAN CAO, Architect

ALVARO CATALAN, Senior Architect & Office Manager

MONICA ACOSTA, Architect

NICCOLO CIACCHERI, Architect
FRANCISCO JAVIER GARCÍA-VALDECASAS, Architect

MARCO ANTRODICCHIA, Architect

SEBASTIAN ZAPATA, Architect

GONZALO PEÑA, Architect

ALI FAYYAD, Architect

EKAM SAHNI, Architect

YVONNE ASIIMWE, Architect

YU-TING LI, Architect

JOEL KIM, Architect

Antón García-Abril, (Madrid, 1969) is a Registered Architect in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and European PhD Architect by the Polytechnic University of Madrid (E.T.S.A.M-U.P.M.). He received the Spanish Academy Research Prize in Rome in 1996, established Ensamble Studio architecture office in 2000 and is full-professor at the School of Architecture and Planning of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) since 2012, after acquiring extensive academic experience as associate professor at the School of Architecture of the Polytechnic University of Madrid (E.T.S.A.M.U.P.M.) for a decade, and invited professor at numerous universities, such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2011, Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 2010, Cornell University in 2008 and University of Texas in 2006, among others.

Débora Mesa Molina, (Madrid, 1981) is European Licensed Architect by the Polytechnic University of Madrid (E.T.S.A.M.-U.P.M.). She joined Ensamble Studio in 2003 and became partner of the architecture office in 2010, after playing a major role in the realization of numerous projects and works. She is Ventulett Chair in Architectural Design at Georgia Tech College of Architecture and has previously served as visiting professor at different universities, like Pratt Institute in 2018 and Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union in 2017 amongst others- and as research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology between 2013 and 2018, after co-founding with Anton Garcia-Abril the POPlab (Prototypes of Prefabrication Laboratory) in 2012.

Javier Cuesta Rodriguez-Torices, (Madrid, 1973) graduates from the School of Building Engineering in Madrid in 1997 and joins Ensamble Studio in 2000 from the beginning of its foundation. He is an essential part of the team participating actively in the design of the construction of every project the office produces. He leads Ensamble Fabrica, the in-house manufacturing workshop that takes care of building prototypes for Ensamble Studio designs, manufacturing prefabricated works and controlling thoroughly the construction on-site of other projects of the firm. His experience as Technical Director, Quantity Surveyor, Construction and Development Manager and Health and Safety Coordinator, contributes with a very pragmatic while creative vision to the work of the office.

ENSAMBLE HISTORIC

Abhishek Sharma

Alba Beroiz
Alba Cortés
Alba Lorente
Alberto Buldón

Alessandra Dionne

Alessandro Di Vera

Alessio Bellin

Alexandra Kallitsa

Alexandra Karapinova

Alexandro Truta

Alisa Bunyatova
Allison Cheng

Alvin Kwan
Andrei Olteanu
Andrés Toledo

Ana Claudia Ocampo

Anna Stempniewicz

Antonio Marrama
Arantxa Osés
Areej Alchalabi

Argyris Mavronikolas

Arianna Sebastiani
Aukje Gossens

Aymen Madouri


Balázs Szelecsényi

Basak Akman

Beatrice Biliuta

Benedetta Catenacci
Bernardo Angelini

Bo Chi Tseng

Callum Rowland

Camilla Quesada

Carina Musila

Carolina Cocever
Cayetana Nicanor
Celeste da Boit

Chen Chen Gao

Chiara De Crescenzo

Chiara Spadafora

Chinmay Shidhore

Chuan Kan
Chung-Wen Wu
Claudia Gans

Claudia Raiola

Cristian Svichiu
Cristina Moya

Damila Yildirim
Danae Haratsis
Daniela Dreizler

Daphne Maragkou

Dario Bruni

Dario Puri
David Santamaría

Dhriti Nadir

Diana Afonso

Dilara Güler

Dimitra Prapa

Domenico Nava

Eduardo Martín Asunción

Elena Pérez

Elis Ollero

Elisa Giusti

Elyse Khoury

Emmanouela Fouski

Enrico Landolfi

Ernest Babyn

Eugene Ong

Evelyn Ting


Faye Antonia Hays
Federica Zunino

Federico Lepre
Federico Letizia
Fernando Ortiz

Filippo Stagnini
Filomena Cicala

Firas Chamas

Flavia Fagugli

Franciszek Morka

Franco Siverino

Gabriele Marinello

Gaia Ferrara
Gaspar Fernández

Gema Fernández

Georgiana Curduman

Giannis Moutevelis

Gianluca Mangianiello

Gilda Valencia

Giorgia Pisano

Giulia Polli

Giulia Zanetti

Gozde Ceylan
Guillermo Sevillano


Hardik Ajmera

Hary Grivokostopoulus
Helena Serrano

Himani Shingala

Heena Yogi

Ibrahim Ibrahim
Ignacio Marí

Ilaria de Luca

Ingrid Wennemo
Ivana Stanic


Jaime Alcayde
Jan Goebel

Jared Curtis
Javier Estebalada
Javier Huerta

Javiera Muñoz

Jennifer Kruth

Jinxin Ma

Joao Alves

Joakim Aslund

Joaquín Gallegos

Joana Leitao

Johannes Gramse

Jorge Consuegra

Jorge Valero

José Antonio Millán

José María Lavena

Juan Ruiz

Juanjo Fernández

Juliana Leanza

Juwoon Lee

Karlien Van der Linden

Katerina Katsigiannis

Kshtij Kaul


Lap Hang Hao

Laura Puzzoni

Lavinia Mates

Leah Wulfman

Lorenzo Traini
Lu Lu

Lukasz Pruchniewicz

Ma Jinxin
Marcela Delgado

Marco Carraro

Marco Petrolo

Marcos Jiménez 

Margarita Shapova

Maria Jose Carrillo
Marian Stanislav
Marie Benaboud

Marietta Spyrou
Marina Otero

Marina Filippopoulou

Mark Meiklejohn

Martina Bunino

Mathieu Chabbert
Matias Trujillo

Matteo Joseph Da Lisca
Mattia Luchetti
Maximilian Putzmann

Mert Yilmaz

Michalis Fountedakis

Michele Bagnato

Michele Matteo Marcotulli

Michele Zamboni

Miguel Ángel Garro

Miroslav Styk


Nacho Canelo

Natalia Struk
Nathan Bishop

Niyoshi Sanghrajka

Noelia García 

Oana Olarescu

Olena Tyvonchuk

Oleksandra Rozanova

Omar Alsaleh

Oscar Carballal

Ozge Budak

Pablo Manso

Panthira Julayanont

Paolo Damato

Patrycja Dylag

Pedro Morgado

Pei-Hsuan Chin

Petros Marmaras

Philipp Wölki

Pin-Jung Chen

Placido Pellicano

 

 

Rafal Janczak

Raminta Razauskaite

Rebeca Lavin Cesar

Regina Li

Riccardo Gialloreto

Ricardo Sanz Soriano

Romina Pasculovici

Rubén Cabanillas Ramos

 

Sahil Malik

Sandra Gómez de Paz

Sara Mazzeo 
Sara Nunes

Sara Urriza

Saurin Patel
Sebastiano Passaler

Selen Sonmez

Shashi Vyas

Shobit Awasthi

Shreya Sharma

Silvia Cori

Silvia Saez

Simone Cavallo
Simone Schenkel

Sisi Yu

Stefania Caporale

Stefania Pantavos
Suk Lee
Susana Barrero

Takuma Johnson
Takuya Hosokai

Tanisha Kalra

Tarek Rahmani

Thisvi Proimou

Tiancheng Shao
Tiberia Motoc
Tomaso Boano

Tript Kaur


Valentín Kunik

Valentina Giacomini
Valentina Marchetti

Valeria Badillo

Vishakha Ratnu

Vittorio Perotti

Walter Cuccuru


Yannis Karababas

Yara Youssef

Yash Shah
Yuchen Zhang
Yun-Ting Tsai

Yun Tso Chung

Yunni Dan

Yusrah Akintunde

 

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