XVA - Xavier Vilalta Architects
XVA is a Barcelona based design team operating in the fields of architecture, urbanism and research.
XVA has designed of more than fifty projects during past eight years, fifteen of which are already completed or under construction. Early work was mainly in Spain but nowadays most of the projects are in Africa and the Middle East. The scope of these is different assignments involving programs from residential, mixed-used, educational, cultural and commercial.
XVA projects have been recognized by international awards such as the young architect of the year at the Leaf Awards 2008, and two consecutive awards, 2009 and 2010, the SAIE Selection of the energy exhibition of Bologna in Italy for the sustainability of their design.
Design Vision - Contemporary Vernacular Architecture
"We love nature and we care about people. We do projects to reconnect with our environment by designing Contemporary Vernacular Architecture. We use locally available resources and traditions as the main source of innovation.
Vernacular Architecture, by definition is sustainable. Our designs are sustainable by the program they contain and their social values, through the way they are designed and built and especially thinking how they will perform in the future."
Xavier Vilalta - Founder & Director
Xavier Vilalta studied Architecture between the School of Architecture of Barcelona and the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He is an Associate Professor at the School of Architecture of Barcelona and since 2004 has worked with his team in over 50 projects worldwide.
His work has been recognized by international awards and has been published in national and international journals. He combines practice with teaching and lecturing in cultural institutions and venues.
In 2011 he was named Fellow by the TED foundation, making him the first Spanish to receive this award and lecture at the annual conference in California.
Visit the website: http://www.xva.cat/