Practice Session No. 5 with Débora Mesa and Antón García-Abril, “The House as Laboratory"
Practice Session No. 5 was led by Débora Mesa and Antón García-Abril, the Principals of Ensamble Studio. The session was titled "The House as Laboratory" and the work was reviewed by invited jurors Giovanna Borasi (Chief Curator of the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) in Montreal) and Nader Tehrani (Dean of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at Cooper Union and Principal of NADAAA), and John McMorrough (Taubman College).
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.