Groundlab

PEOPLE

JOSÉ ALFREDO RAMÍREZ 

Director Groundlab London

Architect/Landscape/Urbanist

Jose Alfredo Ramírez is an architect co-founder and director of Groundlab. He studied Architecture in Mexico City and the AA Landscape Urbanism graduate programme  in London 2005.

Alfredo has worked and developed projects at the junction of architecture, landscape and urbanism in a variety of contexts such as China,  Mexico, Spain, among others.He concentrates mainly in large scale developments like the Olympic Master Plan for London 2012 or the International Horticultural Exhibition in Xian China 2011. He has lectured on the topic of Landscape Urbanism and the work of Groundlab worlwide and currently co-direct the Landscape urbanism MA at the Architectural Association.

 

EVA CASTRO 

Director Groundlab Beijing

Architect

Eva Castro  has been teaching at the AA since 2003 and is also cofounder of Plasma Studio and GroundLab. She studied architecture and urbanism at the Universidad Central de Venezuela and subsequently completed the AA Graduate Design programme with Jeff Kipnis.

She is winner of the Next Generation Architects Award, the Young Architect of the Year Award, the ContractWorld Award and the HotDip Galvanising Award. Her work is published and exhibited worldwide. Plasma and GroundLab are currently lead designers for the International Horticultural Fair in Xi’an, China a 37ha landscape with a wide range of buildings due to open in 2011.

 

CLARA OLORZ 

Project’s Leader/Consultant Groundlab London

 

Clara Olóriz Sanjuán is a PhD architect, tutor and practising architect. She graduated from the ETSA Universidad de Navarra and obtained her PhD on the relationship between architecture and technology focusing on industrialized systems of production at the ETSAUN and at the AA. She has worked for Foreign Office Architects, Arquitectos Cerouno, Plasma studio. Currently, she teaches at the AALU masters program as a design tutor and in the ‘Scripting Prototypes’ workshop as well as at the ETSA Universidad de Navarra. She has collaborated in several workshops in Mexico, Croacia or Spain. She is also co-directing the AA Visiting School ‘Computing Topos’ in Bilbao.

 

PAST AND PRESENT STAFF:

Ada Chang Liu, Laura Virto, Winnie He, Kate Gong ,Gabriela Pulido Palm , Marta Musial, Carmen Frances, Juan Torres, Anna Vyazovskay, Giancarlo Torpiano, Leila Meroue, Daniel Portilla, Laura Riaño, Christina Nearchou, Hana Qijin Huang, Zhuo Li, Marta Postigo, Aleksandra Cicha, Ignacio Gias, Federico Ruberto, Nicola Saladino, Wenwen Wang, Cristina Barrios, Hossein Kachabi, Xiaowei Tong, Marinna de Paula, Rui Liu, Alejandra Bosch, Jorge Ayala, Arturo Lyon, Nadia kloster, Jose Arnaud Bello, Brendon Carlin, Maria Paez

COLLABORATORS:

EDUARDO RICO

Civil Engineer

is a Civil engineer and MA Landscape Urbanism Graduate currently working in Arup as well as member of design practice Relational Urbanism.  He is currently engaged in strategic advice on infrastructure and transportation for urban master planning in the ILG team in Arup. Eduardo focuses his work and research in alternative design practices which feed infrastructural inputs into architectural urbanism. He has taught in Berlage Institute 2010 and 2012 as well as GSD Harvard 2013. Eduardo Rico has  lectured on his work on Infrastructures and Landscape as well contributed to various articles and books on the subject matter.