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 imagination and reality, art and science, their work innovates typologies, technologies and methodologies to address issues as diverse as the construction of the landscape or the prefabrication of the house. From their early works –SGAE Headquarters, Hemeroscopium House or The Truffle in Spain– to their most recent –Ensamble Fabrica in Madrid and Ca'n Terra in Menorca, Spain–, every project makes space for experimentation aiming to advance their field. Currently, through their startup WoHo, they are invested in increasing the quality of architecture while making it more affordable by integrating offsite technologies. Their new research and fabrication facility in Madrid, Ensamble Fabrica, has been built to support this endeavor. Antón and Débora are committed to sharing ideas and cultivating synergies between professional and academic worlds through teaching, lecturing and researching: she is Ventulett Chair in Architectural Design at Georgia Tech and he is a Professor at MIT, where they co-founded the POPlab –​Prototypes of Prefabrication Laboratory​– in 2012.

 

PRINCIPALS

    

Antón García-Abril, Principal

Débora Mesa, Principal

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Javier Cuesta, Building Engineer & Construction Manager

Borja Soriano, Architect & Project Manager 

Alvaro Catalan, Architect & Office Manager

Mónica Acosta, Architect

Claudia Armas, Architect

Fernando González, Architect

Patricia Llasera, Architect

Clement Duquesne, Architect

Sameer Ashraf, Architect

Naz Ustundag, Architect 

Margherita Schivazappa, Architect

Mattia Canonico, Architect

Veronica Bissanti, Architect

Nancy El Asmar, Architect

COLLABORATORS 2020

      

Andrea Pau

Massimo Loia

NijKumar Balar

Caterina Pereira

Maria Arce

Mengyuan Cao

Alejandra Ahrend

Miguel Ángel Álvarez

Barbara Doroszuk

Vanesa Luzardo

Francisco Javier García-Valdecasas

Niccolo Ciaccheri

Marco Antrodicchia

Daria Catalano

Yash Ghorecha

Palak Poddar

Joel Kim

Yu-Ting Li

Antón García-Abril is a European Licensed Architect and a registered architect in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He established Ensamble Studio in 2000 and has co-founded WoHo in 2020. He has dedicated his career to innovating typologies, technologies, and methodologies, advancing the fields of architecture and construction through works that are internationally recognized. Together with his partner Debora Mesa, he has progressively redefined the role of the architect, adding to his design competencies those from the developer, the contractor, the fabricator and the inventor. García-Abril is full-professor at the School of Architecture and Planning of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) since 2012, where he co-founded the POPlab that same year. He received the Spanish Academy Research Prize in Rome in 1996 holds a doctorate degree from the Polytechnic University of Madrid.

Débora Mesa is a European Licensed Architect, principal of Ensamble Studio and co-founder of WoHo. She learned the profession by combining design with hands-on experiences in quarries, factories and construction sites, where she arrived to translate innovative ideas into built reality, alongside her partners Antón García-Abril and Javier Cuesta. Mesa has been key to the expansion of the firm in the United States and the implementation of an interdisciplinary approach to architecture. She is the Ventulett Chair in Architectural Design at Georgia Tech School of Architecture and from 2013 - 2018 served as a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where she co-founded the POPlab in 2012. Mesa holds a master’s degree from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, where she also completed her doctorate studies.

Javier Cuesta is a building engineer with Ensamble Studio, which he joined at its inception in 2000.  He is an essential part of the team participating actively in the design of the construction of every project the office produces. He directs Ensamble Fabrica, the in-house manufacturing workshop that takes care of building prototypes, prefabricating building parts and controlling the on-site construction 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. Javier holds a degree from the School of Building Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Madrid. Javier is partner at WoHo and leads the fabrication and assembly processes of WoHo's R&D projects.

Borja Soriano is an associate architect with Ensamble Studio, which he joined in 2013. He directs projects on site, managing construction and ensuring BIM integration. He works hand in hand with the principals and other team members guaranteeing proper coordination of the information flowing between all parties. He focuses on projects in the United States of America, working across all project stages: from design through construction. Borja is a European Licensed Architect by San Jorge University of Zaragoza and holds a bachelor’s degree of architecture by the University College of Dublin. He is partner at WoHo and leads the BIM and product development strategy of WoHo's R&D projects.

ENSAMBLE HISTORIC

Abhishek Sharma

Alba Beroiz
Alba Cortés
Alba Lorente
Alberto Buldón

Alejandra Ahrend

Alessandra Dionne

Alessandro Di Vera

Alessio Bellin

Alexandra Kallitsa

Alexandra Karapinova

Alexandro Truta

Ali Fayyad

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

Barbara Doroszuk
Bernardo Angelini

Bo Chi Tseng

Callum Rowland

Camilla Quesada

Carina Musila

Carolina Cocever

Caterina Pereira
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

Ekam Sahni

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

Francisco Javier García-Valdecasas

Franco Siverino

Gabriele Marinello

Gaia Ferrara
Gaspar Fernández

Gema Fernández

Georgiana Curduman

Giannis Moutevelis

Gianluca Mangianiello

Gilda Valencia

Giorgia Pisano

Giulia Polli

Giulia Zanetti

Gonzalo Peña

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

Joel Kim

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 Antrodicchia

Marco Carraro

Marco Petrolo

Marcos Jiménez 

Margarita Shapova

Maria Arce

Maria Jose Carrillo
Marian Stanislav
Marie Benaboud

Marietta Spyrou
Marina Otero

Marina Filippopoulou

Mark Meiklejohn

Martina Bunino

Massimo Loia

Mathieu Chabbert
Matias Trujillo

Matteo Joseph Da Lisca
Mattia Luchetti
Maximilian Putzmann

Mengyuan Cao

Mert Yilmaz

Michalis Fountedakis

Michele Bagnato

Michele Matteo Marcotulli

Michele Zamboni

Miguel Ángel Garro

Miguel Ángel Álvarez

Miroslav Styk


Nacho Canelo

Natalia Struk
Nathan Bishop

Niccolo Ciaccheri

Nijkumar Balar

Niyoshi Sanghrajka

Noelia García 

Oana Olarescu

Olena Tyvonchuk

Oleksandra Rozanova

Omar Alsaleh

Oscar Carballal

Ozge Budak

Pablo Manso

Palak Poddar

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

Sebastian Zapata
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 Ghorecha

Yash Shah
Yuchen Zhang

Yu-Ting Li
Yun-Ting Tsai

Yun Tso Chung

Yunni Dan

Yusrah Akintunde

Yvonne Asiimwe

 

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