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, Architect

DÉBORA MESA, Architect

 

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JAVIER CUESTA, Master Builder

BORJA SORIANO, Associate Architect & Hiring Manager

MASSIMO LOIA, Associate Architect & Audiovisual & Communications Director

ALVARO CATALAN, Senior Architect & Office Manager

MONICA ACOSTA, Architect

FERNANDO GONZALEZ, Architect

CLAUDIA ARMAS, Architect

ANDREA PAU, Architect

ZIHENG LI, 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

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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