JAVIER MÜLLER
ARCHITECTE ETS-SIA

AN INHABITED SCULPTURE.

I was born in Granada in 1986 within a family strongly linked to the world of art. My uncle is a painter and sculptor. Matías Fígares, my father’s cousin, was a painter like his uncle Francisco López-Müller and his father’s cousin, José María Rodríguez-Acosta, a great painter and architect who designed and built the Carmen Rodríguez-Acosta – headquarters of the current foundation.

In Granada and during the summers of my childhood in a small village at the foot of the Alpujarra, I discovered light and color. Light as sculptor of white volumes on the colored background present in the Andalusian landscape, fajalauza ceramics and paintings of José Guerrero.

I always wanted to study fine arts, but the technical side of my father, an engineer, led me to architecture. I studied at the School of Architecture of Madrid and at the Illinois Institute of Technology where I obtained the mention of academic excellence. During these years, I worked on abstraction, idea and concept developing a great interest in contemporary art which is a fundamental tool in my creative process today.

My approach to architecture is in a strong dialogue with the visual arts. I believe architecture is an inhabited sculpture. I consider space as a singular fluid in which geometrical elements are introduced and exist at the protagonist. My work seeks to dissolve the limits between architecture and other artistic disciplines. Therefore, a floor plan can be a painting or the extrusion of a painting can be understood as a building.

I believe in architecture as a game in which the rules are defined by the function, the place and the conditions of each project, which constitute the only difference with other visual arts. I do not believe in iconic architecture. It is the people who inhabit it who should be the protagonists within a coherent and formal whole in which the main objective is to feel good.


CV

Born in Granada in 1986, trilingual and of Spanish nationality, Javier Müller Lamothe is an architect and urban planner graduated by the School of Architecture of Madrid ETSAM. He completed his studies at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, where he obtained the mention of academic excellence. In parallel to his studies, he worked with Jose María Ezquiaga on urban and territorial planning. In 2012, he is invited by UNESCO, the Sapienza University of Rome and the University of Montreal to reflect on the development and future of the Appia Antica park.

In 2013, he began his career in Switzerland, where he collaborated with important architecture studios such as Bassi Carella Marello or dl-a designlab architecture, on urban and housing projects. Since 2017, he works as an independent architect on projects in a magnitude of uses and scales, from renovation and transformation to new construction and contests. He has more than six years of experience in the creation and management of projects, from design to execution and construction management. He is interested above all in the residential environment creating an architecture that is in harmony with the existing, acting discreetly to value its context.

He is a member of the Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects SIA since 2017 and is registered at the Swiss Registers Foundation as an Architect REG A. He is also registered at the board of professionally qualified architectes as an MPQ in Geneva and Vaud. He currently combines his professional practice with teaching as a professor of the Bachelor program of interior architecture at the IPAC design school in Geneva.

  • 2019 Interior design teacher. Bachelor program IPAC Design Geneva.
  • 2019 Architect REG A Foundation of Swiss Registers
  • 2018 Qualified Professional Architect MPQ Geneva, Vaud.
  • 2017 Founded his studio in Geneva, Switzerland
  • 2017-18 Collaborator at Bassi Carella Marello Architects, Geneva
  • 2017 Collaborator at dl-a designlab architecture, Geneva
  • 2016 Architect member of the Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects, SIA
  • 2014 Member of the contemporary art museum MAMCO, Geneva
  • 2013-16 Collaborator at Carneiro Architectes, Geneva
  • 2012 Graduated Architect and urbanist master by the School of Architecture of Madrid ETSAM. Polytechnic University of Madrid UPM
  • 2012 UNESCO Guest WAT_ Appia Antica, Rome
  • 2010-12 Internship at Jose María Ezquiaga Architects, Madrid
  • 2008-09 Mention of Academic Excellence Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago
  • 1986 Born in Granada, Spain

CHARLOTTE ROUX

INFOGRAPHICS / MODELS

 

Charlotte Roux was born in Geneva in 1998. Between 2013 and 2017 she studied drafting  in interior design at CFP Arts in Geneva. Following this training, she worked for a year at Bassi Carella Marello Architects office as a designer. In 2019, she continued her studies in interior design at HEAD – Geneva.

FRANCIS SALUNGA

INFOGRAPHICS / MODELS

 

Francis Salunga was born in the Philippines in 1988. He began his professional career in 2009 as a draftsman. From 2011 he continued his studies in architecture to obtain his master HES Hepia Geneva in 2018. In parallel to his studies he collaborates with several Geneva architecture studios  as Atelier March, Carneiro architects or Mazzu architects where he still practices today.

CLAUDIO LB

GRAPHIC AND MULTIMEDIA DESIGN

 

Claudio Lb was born in Spain in 1993. He is graduated by the University School of Design and Technology of Madrid ESNE. He has experience as a multimedia and graphic designer in various advertising agencies, publications and as freelance. He worked as collaborator at Oscar Mariné and El Duende magazine.

www.claudiolb.com

MODELS

Clément Schlemmer

PHOTOGRAPHY

THINK UTOPIA

www.think-utopia.ch

NICOLAS SCHOPFER

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