I am a Lecturer in Architectural Design at the University of Edinburgh, a chartered architect and a partner in award-winning research and design studio Cuartoymitad Architecture & Landscape. I taught at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid before relocating to Edinburgh in 2013. In the recent past I have been appointed visiting faculty at the the Università degli studi di Cagliari (IT), the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture (USA) and the Technische Universität Graz (AT).
My research is articulated through writing, speculative design and architectural practice. I have written extensively about the influence of New Materialism in contemporary spatial practice, with a critical focus on the novel design modalities brought about by ubiquitous, spatialized digital data streams. My current research enquiries look into the intersections of digital computation, urban public space and contemporary design theory.
In my professional studio practice I deal primarily with the themes of ephemerality and the development of the urban public commons. As a body of design research my work has been published and exhibited internationally, most notably at the 11th and 16th editions of the Venice Biennale. Recently finished projects include the conversion of an eighteenth-century fortress in Santoña (Spain) into the Monte Buciero Museum (Próxima-Arquia award 2014), the spatial design and ephemeral architecture for the Zinc Shower event in Madrid (COAM award 2014 and Próxima-Arquia award 2014), and the development of a scalable residential neighbourhood in the Faroe Islands (Finalist, Nordic Built Cities competition 2016).
The bulk of my teaching takes place in the context of the Architectural Design Studio. I currently lead a studio option entitled Data-Driven Urban Prototypes in Architectural Design 3: Explorations (BA/MA Architecture), which focuses on data-based design practices and their roles in shaping urban public space. I am also Course Organiser for the 4th year course Academic Portfolio: Part 1 and contribute to the Architectural Theory sequence.
My current research interests focus on the intersection of digital design technologies, urban public space and contemporary design theory.
Current research projects include:
- A monograph presenting three different takes on the contemporary discourses of New Materialism, deployed through the perspective of architectural design and aimed at an architectural audience.
- A critical analysis of technology-oriented design practices, grounded on the notion of 'sensing' and focusing on the development of physical, real-time responses to 'sensed' data streams within the context of urban public space
Current research topics include:
- Research by Design
- Methodologies and Epistemology of Digital Design
- 1:1 Digital Fabrication and Prototyping
- Contemporary Design Theories (emphasis on New Materialism and Speculative Realism)