Laia Celma is an architect and co-founder of The Fautory. She worked at Foreign Office Architects from 2004 to 2008, and at Snøhetta from 2010 to 2016, where she developed the design of the Environmental Science Museum in Guadalajara, Mexico, the Far Rockaway Library in New York, and the Queen’s University Performance Centre, in Canada, among other projects. In 2010, she was awarded the FAD “Professional en Incubació” award, in Barcelona, Spain. Celma taught at the State University of New York at Buffalo from 2008 to 2010 and has been an invited critic at the Cooper Union, Columbia University, Cornell University, and ETSAB in Barcelona. She studied at the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya in Barcelona and the Technical University in Delft, the Netherlands.
Pep Avilés is assistant professor at the College of Arts and Architecture, Penn State University. He holds a diploma in architecture and a master’s degree in the history and theory of architecture from the School of Architecture in Barcelona, and an MA and PhD from Princeton University. Avilés taught previously at Columbia University, The Cooper Union, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, and the Barcelona Institute of Architecture, where he was appointed head of graduate studies. He is the editor of the Spanish edition of Siegfried Ebeling’s 1926 publication Der Raum als Membran, which appeared in 2015. His writings have been published in magazines such as Getty Research Journal, Footprint, San Rocco, Thresholds, Quaderns d’Architecture i Urbanisme, Clog, and Project, and in books such as Climates: Architecture and the Planetary Imagery (Avery Review, 2016) and The Other Architect (Spector Books, 2016). His research has been sponsored by the Canadian Center for Architecture, The Getty Research Center, The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts among others. He is founding principal of the experimental architectural platform The Fautory and editor of the journal Faktur: Documents and Architecture.
Past and Current Collaborations
Matthew Kennedy, Marc Miller, Miranda Esposito, Xi Jin, Daniel Lopatka, Iago López, X-Made (Miquel Rodríguez), Marta García Orte, Maio, (María Charneco, Alfredo Lérida, Anna Puigjaner, Guillermo López), Carlos Pascual, Miquel Surinyac, Nacho Vidal, Laura Gil, Dario Assante, BeMA Arquitectes (Sara Bonet i Mercè Majoral), Álex Ivancic, Albert Colomer.