The After Belonging Agency is a group of architects, curators and scholars based in New York and Rotterdam composed by Lluís Alexandre Casanovas Blanco, Ignacio G. Galán, Carlos Mínguez Carrasco, Alejandra Navarrete Llopis and Marina Otero Verzier.
The team came together specifically for the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale, around common interests and a shared concern in identifying the architectures at stake in contemporary forms of being together, with its associated spatial configurations, aesthetic agendas, furnishings, territories and technologies.
Lluís Alexandre Casanovas Blanco is a New York based architect and scholar. He is currently a PhD Candidate at Princeton University. Casanovas was trained as an architect at ETSABarcelona and the Edinburgh College of Art, and graduated from the MSc in Advanced Architectural Design at Columbia GSAPP. Casanovas has co-curated the lecture series “Margins and Hyphens” at Princeton SOA, and the symposium “Conflict of Interests” on architectural research at Columbia GSAPP. He has collaborated with different design offices and research institutions as the Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture or the GSAPP Global Africa Lab. Casanovas has taught studios at Barnard College, Princeton University, and ETSA Barcelona. His current interests include the aesthetic agendas of the architectures resulting from institutional practices or the relationship between the history of the senses and architecture.
Ignacio G. Galán is a New York based architect and scholar. He was trained at TU Delft and ETSAMadrid, and graduated as a Fulbright Scholar from the MArchII at Harvard GSD. He has been a Fellow at the Spanish Academy in Rome, and is a PhD Candidate at Princeton University. As the Principal of [igg—office for architecture], his designs have been awarded in different competitions including the First Prize for the New Velodrome in Medellín, and he has been nominated to the 2014 Iakov Chernikhov Prize. His work has resulted in different publications and exhibitions including the installation “Cinecittà Occupata” for the 2014 Venice Biennale by invitation of the general curator Rem Koolhaas. Galán teaches studios and seminars in different institutions including Columbia GSAPP and PennDesign. His work concentrates on the architectures articulating modern and contemporary societies, particularly addressing their relation to process of material and cultural circulation, and the mediations transforming their occupations.
Carlos Mínguez Carrasco is a New York based architect and curator. In parallel to his independent curatorial work, he is Associate Curator at Storefront for Art and Architecture. In 2014 he was Assistant Curator of OfficeUS, the U.S. Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Previously, he co-founded PKMN, an internationally renowned collective based in Madrid. Trained as an architect at ETSABarcelona and TU Delft, he graduated from the MSc in Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture at Columbia GSAPP. Mínguez’s has organized a wide range of exhibitions, events and competitions including BEING, Storefront’s 30th Anniversary exhibition, Letters to the Mayor, and the platform World Wide Storefront. His work has been exhibited and published in different journals as Domus and Código and he is editor of two forthcoming publications OfficeUS Manual and Sf30 (Lars Muller Publishers). Mínguez has lectured in different universities including Columbia GSAPP, Harvard GSD, Princeton University SoA, and RISD.
Alejandra Navarrete Llopis is a New York based architect. Navarrete was trained at ETSAMadrid and IUAVenezia, and graduated from the Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design at Columbia GSAPP where she is currently Adjunct Assistant Professor. She is the principal of NaMi, an architecture design and curatorial office where she is currently involved in projects as the exhibition design for the Iberoamerican Art Museum of Alcala de Henares University. In 2006 she co-founded PKMN, an architect's collective based on the research of art, architecture, city and the citizen through the use of actions and exhibitions. PKMN has been widely awarded, published and exhibited as in Fresh Latino and Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York. She collaborated with Solid Arquitectura, receiving the first prize for the Performing Arts Center International Competition in Seoul and the “Aguila-Alcatel” Apartment Building in Madrid that was exhibited in the Spanish Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale.
Marina Otero Verzier is an architect based in Rotterdam. She is Head of Research at Het Nieuwe Instituut. Previously, she was Director of Global Network Programming at Studio-X, and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University GSAPP. Otero studied architecture at TU Delft and ETSAMadrid, where is a PhD candidate. In 2013, as a Fulbright Scholar, she graduated from the M.S. in Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture at Columbia University GSAPP. Her work, recently awarded by The Graham Foundation and Fundación Arquia, has been published in different publications including sqm: The quantified Home, Arquitectura Viva, and Domus. Otero is co-editor of Promiscuous Encounters and Unmanned Architecture and Security Series, and has curated exhibitions at The 2013 Shenzhen Bi-city Biennale and the 2014 Istanbul Design Biennial. Her current research is concerned with how changing notions of privacy and safety, and their articulation with global circulatory regimes, have an effect on the spaces of residence.
This Is Our Work specializes in creating print, web, and exhibition materials for art, architecture, and cultural institutions. Their work has been included in shows at the New Museum and On Stellar Rays in New York, as well as the Warsaw Poster Biennale (2010) and TypoShow, a poster exchange exhibition that traveled throughout China and the United States (2013).
Jessica Ngan is a writer and researcher working in New York, who writes on architecture, nationhood, and globalization. She is currently a curatorial fellow at Storefront for Art and Architecture and a PhD candidate in architectural history at Princeton University.
Juan Ruiz Antón is an Oslo based architect. He was trained at Accademia di Mendrisio and ETSAMadrid, where he graduated in 2008. Previously to moving to Norway, he worked at EnsambleStudio in Madrid in projects such as Teatro Cervantes (Mexico) or Positive City Foundation. Since 2010 he works at Atelier Oslo collaborating in the New Deichman Library and the cabin at Nordehov. Currently he has a central position in A9-Diagonale project in Bjørvika.
Paola Simone is an Oslo based architect. She was trained at TU Delft and ETSAMadrid, where she graduated in 2008. In Madrid she collaborated with EstudioHerreros, taking part in the construction of the Hispasat Satellite Center and the New Much Museum in Oslo, among others. Since 2011 she works at Ghilardi+Hellsten Arkitekter, taking part in the construction of Stranden 1 (Aker Brygge) and developing projects such as Oslo Havnepromenaden or the New Kiruna Masterplan in Sweden.
Kamilla Csegzi holds a Master Degree in Advanced Architectural Design at Columbia University GSAPP, where she was awarded the William Ware and Saul Kaplan Fellowship for excellence in design. Csegzi has worked internationally from Paris to Beijing, Singapore and NYC on projects at a variety of scales, and in the past year she has assisted in design studios at Columbia GSAPP. Currently based in NYC, she is the co-founder of the CMYK Space design research group, and she works as an architect and exhibition designer at wHY Architecture.