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Nami Studio is an architecture design and curatorial office lead by Alejandra Navarrete Llopis. The office works in Europe and in the US in public and private projects, including the exhibition design for the Iberoamerican Art Museum of Alcalá de Henares University.
At different scales of action, Nami Studio takes architecture as a space to propose new social relationships that are flexible, inclusive and respectful with the available resources. Drawing the attention into research strategies and protocols, the office designs alternative material, cultural and economic connections. The working formats not only result in speculative designs and built structures but also include articles, books, exhibitions, actions and events.
The ambition of the office is to provide an open innovative platform that can operate globally with a close understanding of the context and voices involved in each particular project.
Alejandra Navarrete Llopis is a New York based architect and founding partner of Nami Studio. She was Chief Curator of the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016 together with the After Belonging Agency. Her work has been granted by NYSCA, the Graham Foundation, and by other European institutions.
Previously, she co-founded PKMN, a research based collective working at the intersection of art and architecture that has been widely awarded, published and exhibited as in Fresh Latino and Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York. She has also collaborated with different design offices as Solid Arquitectura, receiving several prizes and honorable mentions, including the first prize for the Performing Arts Center International Competition in Seoul, and for the “Aguila-Alcatel” Apartment Building in Madrid, exhibited in the Spanish Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. In New York, she has worked as Senior Designer in Buro Koray Duman, an architectural practice that has recently won the 2017 Emerging Firm of the Year and 2017 Jury Winner for Warehouse Category of the Architizer A+ Awards.
Navarrete was trained at ETSAMadrid and IUAVenezia and graduated from the MSc in Advanced Architectural Design at Columbia University GSAPP, where she has been Adjunct Assistant Professor. She is currently Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute. Her ongoing research focuses on the architectures of social clubs, and how these contemporary forms of membership propose exclusive spaces of privacy, security and comfort.