ARCHITECTURE + MATERIAL & ENVELOPE
xmade is an architectural firm based in Basel and Barcelona with international collaborators, focused on the research, design and materialization of contemporary buildings. Our main focus is centered on the development of design solutions based on the exploration of emerging materials and the processes involving their production. We undertake this approach working in two main areas of development: architecture & building envelope and material prototypes.
xmade’s design process is shaped by the development and application of specific tools and methods. The aim is to control and manipulate the properties and capacities of the building materials and to intervene in their production and desing processes to improve both aesthetics and performance. This leads to buildings provided with an innovative and contemporary character that, at the same time, are energy efficient and responsive to the environment. Important to this process is the accurate study of the building’s context and its technical and economical constraints, which is the base for precise detailing.
Architect (ETSABarcelona, 1995), specialized in envelope technologies and materiality. Currently teaching at the Sustainability Unit, ETSALS Barcelona and at the module “Resilient Envelopes” in the Master of Advanced Ecological Buildings and Biocities, IAAC since 2019, he was professor at Design Studio, Barcelona Architecture Centre (2016-19), at BIArch (2010-12) and at Tallers ETSALS, Tarragona (2006-09). Currently based in Barcelona after working in Basel, Hamburg and Madrid as an associate of Herzog & de Meuron, Basel (1999-2011). He collaborated as well with Josep Lluís Mateo, MAP architects, Barcelona (1992-97).
Architect (ETSABarcelona, 1995). She collaborated with Herzog & de Meuron, Basel (2000-11). Between 1997 and 1999, she worked with Josep M. Bosch, Architect, Barcelona, as project and construction manager. She collaborated as well with Josep Lluis Mateo, MAP architects, Barcelona (1994-1997), where she took part on several competitions and projects. During her studies, she collaborated with the architectural studio Eduard Giménez, Barcelona (1990-94).
Doctor of Science of ETH Zürich by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (2018) and Master in Emergent Technologies and Design by the Architectural Association School of Architecture (2011), he obtained his Diploma in Architecture at Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona (2003). Previous to his current academic position, he was Adjunct Professor of “Digital Culture” at the Barcelona Institute of Architecture (BIArch) and Lecturer at the Swiss Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich). He is currently Assistant Professor and Researcher at Rice University (Houston, USA). In parallel to his academic duties, he gained experience in practice by collaborating with international firms such as FOA (London, UK), Abalos & Herreros (Madrid, Spain), SHoP Architects (New York,USA) and Herzog & de Meuron (Basel, Switzerland).
architect (FHNW Muttenz, CH, 2016). Master in Integrated Architectural Design (ETSALS Barcelona, 2020), teaching assistant in the sustainability unit (ETSALS Barcelona, 2019-2020).
After her apprenticeship at Schneider & Schneider Architekten in Aarau, Switzerland she was working for two years at Pfiffner.Fischer Architekten in Aarau. During her studies, she collaborated as an intern with Schneider & Schneider Architekten and Stoos Architekten, Brugg.
architect (ETSA Reus, 2017). Master in Integrated Architectural Design (ETSALS Barcelona, 2020), she studied at the Politecnico di Torino for a year the specialties of restauro and sostenibilità, through the Erasmus program. Since 2016, she was part of the team of LBA architects. She is also part of the research group ETSALS – Barcelona Chair, a center for reflection and debate on cities to humanize and make them more sustainable.
architect (UNIFE Ferrara, 2016). Postgraduate degree in Architecture and sustainable construction (ZIGURAT Barcelona, 2021). she studied at the ENSAP, Bordeaux (2014) as an exchange student, through the Erasmus program and at the Universidad central de Ecuador, Quito (2015) through the Atlante program for the master’s thesis research. she collaborated with V.Vallerani , Ravenna (2016) and with Vilalta studio, Barcelona (2017). she was part of the team of Archikubik, Barcelona (2018-2021)
architect (ETSAC A Coruña, 2020). Master of Architecture (ETSAC A Coruña 2021). He studied at L’école de Architecture et Paysage de Lille, France (2016) for a year as an exchange student, through the Erasmus program. Since 2019, during his studies, he has been working with DeLarua architects in Ourense. In 2020 he helped to recreate the roman archaeological discover of the Mitreo´s Domus in Lugo, Spain.
Architectural intern. She is studying the full career in ETSALS (graduating 2022) and has been with xmade since 2021.