Architecture & Ecologies
MB—AE is a design practice based in Boston (US) and Galicia (ES). It explores the intersection of architecture and ecology through multiple scales and mediums, ranging from ephemeral installations to design research.
Manuel Bouzas is a Spanish architect and researcher based in Boston (US) and Galicia (ES). He graduated with distinction in 2018 from ETSAM (UPM). Currently, he is pursuing a Master's in Design Studies at Harvard University GSD. He runs MB—AE, a design practice exploring the intersection of architecture and ecology through multiple scales and mediums, ranging from ephemeral installations to design research. His work primarily focuses on examining the relationship between the materials we build with and the socioecological impact they have on the environment and the landscapes they come from. His projects were exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2023 and 2018, and at the Spanish Architecture & Urbanism Biennial in 2021. He received the TAC! Festival Award 2023, the Renzo Piano World Tour Award 2022, the La Caixa Fellowship 2021, and the COAM Emerging Award 2020. Manuel is actively involved in academia since 2017, and has served as a J-Term Instructor, Teaching Assistant, and Research Assistant at both Harvard GSD and ETSAM (UPM). Additionally, he served as a Visitant Researcher in the Tsukamoto Lab (Atelier Bow-Wow) at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. His built work has received international recognition and has been featured in diverse media such as Arquitectura Viva, El Mundo, Divisare, Design Boom, Archdaily, or AD Magazine.
- 2023, TAC! Festival (1st Prize)
- 2022, Renzo Piano World Tour Award
- 2021, La Caixa Foundation Fellowship
- 2021, 15th BEAU Master’s Thesis Award
- 2020, COAM Emerging Award
- 2019, ENAR Master’s Thesis Award
- 2019, ASEMAS Master’s Thesis Award
- 2019, COAG Master’s Thesis Award
- 2018, ASCER Master’s Thesis Award
- 2018, Veteco-Asefave Master’s Thesis Award
- 2018, COAM Master’s Thesis Award (2nd Prize)
- 2017, Concéntrico 03 Festival (1st Prize)
- 2017, SERP Fellowship (UPM—TITECH)