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MARTA MALÉ-ALEMANY / Architect

Marta Malé-Alemany is an architect, researcher, and educator from Barcelona.

She has been the Acting Director of the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) in Barcelona, after co-directing its Master Program for 6 years, founding and leading the ‘Digital Tectonics’ Research Line, and creating IAAC’s first Digital Fabrication Laboratory (later Fab Lab BCN). She has taught experimental design studios and research seminars in several US Universities (i.e. MIT, U.PENN, UCLA, SCI-ARC) and at the AA DRL Design Research Laboratory of the Architectural Association, in London.

Marta graduated from ETSAV-UPC (Barcelona, 96), holds a Master Degree in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University (New York, 97) and is currently a PhD candidate at the ETSAB-UPC (Barcelona), investigating the potential of large-scale Additive Manufacturing technologies to innovate building construction. Currently her teaching focuses on developing innovative material & construction solutions, using customized robotic devices and/or hacking existing digital fabrication equipment (i.e. CNC mills, industrial robots), with a special interest on 3D Printing / additive techniques for architecture. Her approach combines the use of testing and simulation for both material and machine processes, in tandem with optimization and generative design tools to script specific design codes aligned with these solutions. In this endeavor she involves external experts and the industry, promoting interdisciplinary teams that include scientists, engineers and designers.

In her professional practice, Marta utilizes her expertise on 4 levels: as an exhibition curator she gives shape to exhibitions on digital design & fabrication related subjects, like the shows ‘FULL PRINTED: 3D Printing Objects’ or ‘FABbots: Design & Fabrication with Customized Robotic Devices’, exhibited at the DHUB Design Museum in Barcelona and other venues. As an international design juror, Marta reviews competitions like the HOLCIM Awards for Sustainable Construction, the Catalan Pavilion for the Venice Biennale, and many Design Studio courses in European and American schools of architecture. Her work as an independent designer has been recognized with the FEIDAD Digital Architecture Award, a NEOTEC Grant for technological entrepreneurship, and a wide range of publications that illustrate her exploration on digital methods for the production of architecture. As a consultant she collaborates with several international practices (i.e. Morphosis, Ábalos & Herreros, SMAQ), to facilitate the analysis of conceptual ideas, develop design proposals, and help apply digital technologies for the materialization of non-standard objects, building components and architectural structures.

SANTIAGO MARTÍN LAGUNA / Engineer / Founder VORTICA

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Santiago Martín Laguna graduated as a Mechanical Engineer in the University of Valladolid and has a Master in Industrial Design Management by the same University (2009). He has worked in the Technical Center for Design and Production in Gijón (Astúrias, Spain). He has a postgraduate in Mechanical Engineering, Design, Construction and Fabrication (Oviedo University 2009/10). He is co-founder of Vortica, Cognitive Engineering for Design (2010), an ambitious project focused on generative engineering and generative product design and development with a real multidisciplinary approach. He has a wide experience in the field of additive manufacturing and fabrication and has been teaching in several courses and workshops. Recently he has been lecturer at IaaC (2010, 2011) and has given support to the Digital Tectonics Studio at IaaC with his computational and optimisation knowledge (2012).

SANTIAGO MARTÍN GONZÁLEZ / Engineer / Univ. Of Oviedo

Santiago Martín González received his PhD in Industrial Engineering from the University of Oviedo in 1997. He worked as a environmental specialist during seven years in several private companies and in the Asturias regional government. Since 2003 Dr. Martin has become a professor of the University of Oviedo, teaching several subjects related with computer assisted design. He is working in the fields of virtual reality and reverse engineering. He is an expert in Virtual Reality, Computer Graphics, Stereoscopic Vision, Photogrammetry, Tracking and Human Computer Interaction, and works in applications for the fields of Industrial Design, Medical Image, Psychology, Human Vision and Education.

JORDI PORTELL TORRES / Architect

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Jorti Portell is an architect with a degree by the UPC-Barcelona and has a Master in Advanced Architecture (MAA) by the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC). Is member of the Catalan Architects Association (COAC) since 2000 and has been involved as partner in different architectural practices in Germany and Spain since then, mainly in the fields of housing and public facilities but also in industrial design, computer programming and art installation. He has a pedagogical certification for technology by the UPC. After finishing his Master at IAAC (2011) he has been part of the core team at FabLab Barcelona, coordinator of the Digital Fabrication Class, and Assistant Professor in the Digital Tectonics Research Studio at IAAC (FabBots 3.0).

MIQUEL LLOVERAS CORBALAN / Architect

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Miquel Lloveras holds an architecture degree from the Polyitechnic University of Catalonia (ETSAV-UPC) and a Master In Advanced Architecture (MAA) from the Institute for Advanced Architecture (IAAC). Since he graduated in 2010, he has been very active in the field of digital design and fabrication, specializing in the montage and programming of customized numerically-controlled devices, inspired by 3D Printing and other additive processes. With this expertise, Miquel has been teaching assistant in courses of digital fabrication, been part of the Fab Lab BCN Team, and team up with Marta Malé-Alemany to be a Physical Computing Assistant in her Digital Tectonics Research Studio (FabBots 3.0).
Outside of academic endeavors, Miquel follows regular trainings on social media and community management, and has been very active as an internet blogger on topics related to digital technologies. His contribution to the field of digital design and fabrication has begun to generate a large community of followers in several social networks.

PREVIOUS COLLABORATORS:
VICTOR VIÑA
JEROEN VAN AMEIJDE
DANIEL PIKER
LUIS FRAGUADA
CESAR CAZARES
BRIAN PETERS

INVITED REVIEWERS :
TERE BADÍA / Director HANGAR, Barcelona
MAITE BRAVO / Architect, Barcelona
VALERIE BERGERON / Director MATTER, Barcelona
EDOUARD CABAY / Architect, Director APPAREIL, Barcelona
MATIAS DEL CAMPO / Director SPAN Architects, Vienna
ESTEBAN COLMENARES / Architect, London
MARIA EUGENIA DIAZ / Architect, Madrid
JELLE FERINGA / Hyperbody Group, TU Delft
LUIS FRAGUADA / Architect, BAD Barcelona
MAGÍ GALINDO / LEITAT, Barcelona
OLAF GIPSER / Architect, Director OG Architects, Amsterdam
CARLOS IPSER / Exhibition Manager DHUB, Barcelona
BRANKO KOLAREVIC / Architect, Associate Dean University of Calgary
SANDRA MANNINGER / Architect, Director SPAN Architects
GUSTAVO MOSCARDÓ / CEO KUKA Robots Ibérica, S.A.
VERA PARLAC / Architect, Professor University of Calgary
JOSEP PERELLÓ / Physicist, Professor University of Barcelona
OSCAR PÉREZ / KUKA Robots Ibérica, S.A.
CARME ROMERO / HANGAR, Barcelona
SANTIAGO R. PÉREZ / Architect, Professor Fay Jones School of Architecture, University of Arkansas
JOSE PEDRO SOUSA / Architect, Professor FAUP Porto and FCTUC Coimbra
OLGA SUBIRÓS / Architect & Curator, Barcelona
JORDI TRUCO / Architect, Professor & Director of ADDA, ELISAVA, Barcelona
JORGE VELÁZQUEZ / Engineer, PAL Robotics

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