Basics Team - architects, designers, makers and engineers
We are an international group of young professionals from different fields focused on experimental micro-architecture and design.
We strive on pushing boundaries in areas like digital fabrication, coding for design, automatization of processes, visual experimentation and digital manipulations, but most importantly we like to get hands-on in the manufacturing processes.
Our skills are broad and vary, so contact us to know more.
You can find us in between Spain, Italy, and Romania.
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Ruxandra Iancu Bratosin studied architecture in Bucharest, Romania after which she took the Masters in Advanced Architecture program in the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia | IAAC, where her master thesis was given the “Thesis of Excellence” award. She’s worked in several design studios and was also a partner architect at Margen-Lab Barcelona (2014-2016) where she was actively involved in several multi-scale projects in Spain and abroad, dealing with projects related with digital fabrication, environmental analysis and adaptation, sustainability and self-sufficiency. Between Oct 2015 - oct 2016 she was the Coordinator for the Project for the Self Sufficient City Department, led by Vicente Guallart, within the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia in Barcelona. In November 2016 she co-founded BASICS design studio.
She has been active in the academic field as well, assisting the Prototype for the Self Sufficient City studio course, part of the Masters in City and Technology Program in IAAC, with Vicente Guallart and Rodrigo Rubio, the 2nd Year Individual Thesis Program in the Masters in Advanced Architecture in IAAC and the Self Sufficient Buildings Studio with Enric Ruiz Geli. Most recently she was a Junior Professor to the Slow Crisis Seminar, as part of the Masters in Advanced Architecture in IAAC.
After working in several small studios, Ruxandra was also a partner architect at Margen-Lab Barcelona (2014-2016) where she was actively involved in several multi-scale projects in Spain and abroad, dealing with projects related with digital fabrication, environmental analysis and adaptation, sustainability and self-sufficiency. Between Oct 2015 - oct 2016 she was the Coordinator for the Project for the Self Sufficient City Department, led by Vicente Guallart, within the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia in Barcelona. In 2018 she taught “Uncanny Dynamics” class in the Masters in Advanced Infographics,(MiAU |ETSAM)in Madrid. Currently, she is an AssociatedProfessor in IE, School of Design, Madrid.
She dedicates a large part of her time organising and leading design workshops around the world, dedicated to solving local issues through small interventions with the help of grass-root organisations.
She co-founded the The Hidra Project, an ongoing humanitarian project focusing on issues of Guinea-Bissau, that has broad applications beginning with issues like water safety and ending with jumpstarting micro-economies in the small villages. The project is now taking a strong social character and promises to bring more attention to Guinea-Bissau. In an effort to aid disenfranchised communities, she co-founded the Advocacyplanning.com initiative alongside Alexei Novikov. Her works have been exhibited at the Venice Biennale 2016 as part of the Russian Pavilion.
Alessio Salvatore Verdolino is an architect graduated in the University of Roma3 (Rome - Italy) and with a Master Degree in Advanced Architecture from the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalunya (Barcelona - Spain).
In June 2015 he successfully finished his thesis focused on innovative desalination techniques and its application in agricultural uses and became part of the IAAC | Project for the Self Sufficient City Department, taking active part on the project Valldaura Self-Sufficient Laboratory leading several projects such as Social Agriculture, Traceability of Everything, and tutoring in Master classes such as Prototype for the Self Sufficient City led by arch. Vicente Guallart and arch. Rodrigo Rubio, and several workshops about sustainability and fabrication under the IAAC direction.
He is also a co-founder of the Hidra Project, a volunteer specialized team, working in Guinea Bissau for sustainable development of rural communities.
In November 2016 he co-founded BASICS, an international architecture team.
He is part and mentor in the new-born bottom-up initiative FAU (Fabbricazione e Arte Urbana) in Puglia (Italy), a regional movement of citizens coalition that aims to enrich the role of innovation that wants to spread the experience of sharing knowledge, exchange of ideas and co-design starting from local resources.
His portfolio aims to a continually expanding role of design that can help in the actuation of a more equitable world, believing in the role that architecture and technology have in improving lives and in design process that create social values.
Rodrigo Rubio Cuadrado is an architect by the Polytechnic School of Madrid (ETSAM, 2008), Master in Advanced Architecture by the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (UPC, IAAC 2008) and PhD candidate by the Architectural Projects Department (ETSAM, 2016).
He has developed a continuous academic practice serving as Teaching Assistant in Madrid (ETSAM, 2009-2010) and as Researcher, Research Director and Senior Professor during the last eight years at Barcelona (IAAC, 2008 - ), directing design studios and coordinating research projects like the FabLab House (Solar Decathlon 2010), the Endesa Pavilion (Smart Cities World Expo 2011) or the Fab Condenser (Fab10 Barcelona Congress 1014). As a researcher, he has been operating mainly focused on the fields of computational design, digital fabrication and environmental modeling.
He has been awarded at national and international competitions like the Arizona Challenge, the First Self-sufficient Housing International Contest or the Torre Antena Santiago de Chile. He has been published widely and lectured at places like Lisbon, Porto, Pisa, Madrid, Barcelona, Kuwait or Santiago de Chile. He has been developing his professional practice previously as partner in Margen-Lab (Madrid, 2006 -2016) and nowadays as co-founder of BASICS Architecture (Barcelona, 2016).
Alessandro Mattoccia graduated cum laude in 2015 from the Faculty of Engineer in Pisa with a master degree in “Building Engineering and Architecture”, presenting a project that studied the intersection between vernacular architecture and information technologies, entitled “Folded Wooden Responsive Houses in the hot arid climate in Atacama Desert (Chile)”. His thesis has also been published several times (GBSA 2015 Congress, SimAUD 2016 Congress, “New perspective in social housing”).
He also studied at Riga Technical University in 2010 during the program “Urban Outcast” which aimed to recover and preserve the Bolderaja architectural heritage, and at Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (Iaac) in 2015 where he has participated in the design, analysis, prototyping and construction of the environmental feedback project, Endesa World Fab Condenser, for the FAB10 (International Congress of Digital Fabrication).
After, he started working with the studio MargenLab on several fields including wooden and steel structure, energy modeling and sustainable strategies, spacing from the small scale of a pavilion to the scale of a shipyard.
At the beginning of 2016, he joined as a researcher the department of “Project for the Self-Sufficient City” within IAAC, where he started working on urban scaled projects aimed at joining sustainability, data management and computing technologies.
In October 2016 he enrolled the International Master BIM Manager from Zigurat, Global Institute of Technology, understanding the potentialities of this approach and how to manage a project from the beginning to the construction phase.
In November 2016 he co-founded the architectural studio BASICS. He also spends his time in educational processes, giving lectures and workshops and corporate training programs.