Débora Mesa and Antón García-Abril are Principals of Ensamble Studio, cross-functional team founded in 2000. 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 -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 – 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.
This lecture is part of the PRACTICE SESSION No. 5 Workshop
The Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan is a leader in interdisciplinary education and research with a focus on creating a more beautiful, inclusive and better built environment. The college and its alumni are committed to pushing the boundaries of architectural practice, advancing global engagement, and significantly enhancing diversity in the profession. The college offers the following degrees: Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Master of Architecture, Master of Science in Architecture, Master of Urban Planning, Master of Urban Design, and PhD programs.