kawamura-ganjavian is an award-winning critically acclaimed architecture and design practice founded in 2000 by Key Portilla-Kawamura and Ali Ganjavian. The studio was established in London and is currently based in Lausanne (Switzerland) and Madrid (Spain).
Understanding architecture as an experience across scales, the studio work smoothly transitions from product design to ephemeral and permanent architectural design.
kawamura-ganjavian have lectured and exhibited internationally in institutions such as MoMA NY, Stanford University, Qatar Foundation, Guggenheim Bilbao, Tokyo Designers Week, Boisbuchet Workshops or the Strelka Institute Moscow.
They co-lead the transdisciplinary graduate programme elop*, awarded with the Credit Suisse Best Teaching Award 2013 at the Bern University of Applied Sciences and have taught at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), Istituto Europeo di Design and IE University.
team of collaborators
Marta Ayala: product designer
Susana Blazquez: studio manager
Patricia Guaita: project-based partner
Ana Huerta: product designer
Cornelia Tapparelli: doctor in architectural theory
Olivier Terny: musician, engineer and architect
Previous collaborators of kawamura-ganjavian include Amir Afshar, Simon Baumgartner, Tony Berrio, Mónica Borondo, Dina Buneeva, Pablo Carrascal, Carla Deshayes, Natalia Díez, Daniel Duarte, Mikel Garate, Ivo Gigante, Victoria Gomez Egea, Adrien Goubet, Toño Guadarrama, Justinas Jakstonis, Milos Jovanovic, Sarah Kang, Sofie Liesenborghs, Lu Lu, Ivann Ly, Fabio Molinas, Leonardo Morris, Miriam Otero, Maki Portilla Kawamura, Antoine Prokos, Victor Ruben, Pablo Santos, Shin Sawada, Lilia Tsvetkova, Indra Vanhoenacker, Marine Vola, Martina von Polivkova and Agustín Zea. We are grateful to all of them for their valuable contribution to the studio.