astudio appoints architect Miguel Vidal as computational design lead

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Architectural practice astudio has appointed Miguel Vidal to the role of Project Architect and Computational Design Lead

Miguel Vidal will run the practice’s innovation and computation strategic design approach, utilising these techniques to drive the environmental sustainability of astudio’s projects and create innovative architectural solutions for the future.

Miguel brings over a decade of experience as an architect and joins from Foster + Partners, where he integrated computational methodologies in designs in a range of projects including the Apple Park Visitor Centre and Exhibition.

At astudio, Miguel Vidal will lead the practice’s computational and environmental adaptation approach, including solar studies, and the generation of carbon and energy use limitation strategies, to ensure projects are as environmentally sustainable as possible. Miguel will also conduct in-house training for astudio staff in order to help implement these methodologies on all future projects across the practice.

Prior to his role at Foster + Partners, Miguel worked as a computational and environmental consultant for four years across projects such as La Tejita Luxury Resort in Spain and Opera Body, an interactive installation on space and sound at the Galician Centre of Contemporary Art (CGAC).

Richard Hyams, Director at astudio, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Miguel to the team. He is renowned not only for his work as an architect but as an expert in computational design, environmental consulting, and as a lecturer and researcher.

“We are currently in the midst of both environmental and housing crises, and at astudio we believe we have a duty as architects to innovate in order to help resolve these. That’s why Miguel’s role at astudio is so important; his innovative methodologies and practices can be applied across our projects, from modular housing to masterplans, and we look forward to working with him to complete projects that are not only dynamic and technologically advanced, but which affect our society in a positive way.”

Miguel Vidal, Project Architect and Computational Design Lead, added: “I am excited to be joining astudio. The practice is renowned for leading the debate on environmentally sustainable architecture and using technology to create cutting-edge, enduring design that has a genuine social impact.

“Computational design has creative applications in almost all aspects of architecture, from design exploration, research and master-planning to navigating regulatory boundaries, and I look forward to putting this to work at such a forward-thinking practice, helping pave the way toward architecture becoming more sustainable, life quality improvement and socially-conscious.”

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