Emmanuel is Co-Director of Design + Make. He is a designer, with a deep interest in the relationship between drawing and making. He holds a BSc, Diploma and Masters degree from the Bartlett school of Architecture, having previously studied furniture design in Belgium, and approaches design as a series of translations between drawings and objects that oscillate between intuitive acts and precise operations.
This approach to design combined with his in-depth knowledge of digital fabrication techniques means that he views the digital very much as an augmentation of the poetic capacity of the analogue and he continues to explore the production of architecture intuitively through iterations of drawing, prototyping, craft and code.
Emmanuel is involved in numerous collaborative practices and research groups, including art and architecture practice LiquidFactory; Field Robotics group RAVEN and the RIBA award winning experimental architectural practice Sixteen*(makers).
He has held a set of leading roles at the Architectural Association and the Bartlett School of Architecture. As well as being Co-Director of the AA Postgraduate Design + Make course - positioning the campus at the forefront of Architectural Research through prototyping and large scale fabrication – he was Programme Director of the Design for Manufacturing course at the Bartlett’s Here East campus.
Emmanuel was a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee at the AA where his focus was on fostering innovative and experimental teaching methodologies and attitudes. Teaching is a critical part of Emmanuel’s practice, with an emphasis on the interrogation of the processes involved in design thinking, investigating the particular interrelationships between the made and the drawn.