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Antón García-Abril / Ensamble Studio

Gui Auditorium / Knowlton Hall
November 14, 2018 - 5:30pm

Antón García-Abril of Madrid-based Ensable Studio will lecture in Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 14. Founded in 2000, Ensamble Studio is a cross-functional team that balances education, research and practice. The firm explores innovative approaches to architectural and urban spaces, and the technologies that build them. Antón García-Abril and Débora Mesa Molina are principals.

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, and is exhibited world-wide (Orleans Frac Centre Biennial 2017, Chicago Architecture Biennial 2017, 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). Studio Ensamble designs have been recognized with numerous awards with international prizes, such as 2017 Architizer A+Award, 2016 NCSEA Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards, Iakov Chernikhov Prize 2012, Rice Design Alliance Prize 2009 to emerging architects, and the Architectural Record Design Vanguard Prize 2005.

Beside their professional careers, both principals keep a very active research and academic agenda. They are frequently 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 (MIT), that they continue to direct.

Antón García-Abril is a Registered Architect in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and European PhD Architect by the Polytechnic University of Madrid. He received the Spanish Academy Research Prize in Rome in 1996 and has been a full-professor at the School of Architecture and Planning of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 2012. Previously, he taught at the School of Architecture of the Polytechnic University of Madrid (E.T.S.A.M.U.P.M.) and was an invited professor at numerous universities, including MIT, Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, Cornell University and University of Texas.

Débora Mesa Molina is a European Licensed Architect by the Polytechnic University of Madrid. 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 University’s College of Architecture and has previously served as a visiting professor at the Pratt Institute and the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union, and as a research scientist at MIT.