LONDON | HAITI
Prior to starting EVA Studio in February 2015, Andrea graduated with a Master of Architecture at the Politecnico di Milano in 2005, and he practised his design skills working six years for renowned practices, which include Bennetts Associates in London and Massimiliano Fuksas Architects in Rome.
He entered the international development design sector in 2010 with an experience as a volunteer in Bolivia. In Haiti, where he was based for five years, he worked with global humanitarian organisations, where he accrued extensive experience in running and delivering public projects for vulnerable communities and informal settlements. Since his return to London in 2016, he has kept working on projects in Haiti and Lebanon, as well as various design schemes in London.
Do things with less” is the credo of Al Borde, The Ecuadorian architecture firm founded in 2007 by Pascual Gangotena, David Barragán, Marialuisa Borja and Esteban Benavides. Featured in landmark exhibitions such us “Think Global, Build Social! Architectures for a Better World” (Vienna, 2014) and “Reporting from the Front” at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennial, the group is known for aiming to turn scarcity into an aesthetic and socially empowering asset.
Convinced that the strength of an architectural project lies in the later autonomy of its users,
Al Borde’s design and decision-making process rely on the involvement of the community in all phases of planning and construction, and the systematic exploration of the local context. From Escuela Nueva Esperanza (2009), a rural school in the coastal village of Cabuyal, to the Culunco house (2014), a semi-buried family home, and the House of the Flying Beds (2017), a renovated historic property in the city of La Esperanza, each of its projects is shaped by vernacular practices and natural or upcycled materials available on-site. Habitually working with small construction budgets, the team behind Al Borde (which was shortlisted for the Swiss Architectural Award in 2018) recently started to work on project in emergency contexts. Their Post-Earthquake Prototype (2017), for instance, was developed following the earthquake that shook the coastal of Ecuador in April 2016
japan | usa
Junko Yamamoto is a licensed architect in Japan, currently a principal at iVY Design Associates based in Rhode Island, United States. She has been practicing in the field of architecture since 2005, and has executed projects in Japan, US and Ghana.
In parallel with her professional design practice and academic activities, she tirelessly works as an artist. Her artwork has been exhibited internationally in various juried exhibitions and has been awarded and featured in multiple publications.
Yamamoto holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the Boston Architectural College, and a Master of Architecture II from Harvard Univeristy Graduate School of Design. Expanding her practice in art and architecture, she has taught at BAC and assisted a course at Harvard GSD.