kawamura-ganjavian is an architecture and design studio founded in 2000 by Key Portilla-Kawamura and Ali Ganjavian. Having met in London in the late 1990's, they worked in India, USA, Japan, Great Britain and Switzerland. The studio was established in London and is currently based in Lausanne and Madrid.

The studio understands architecture in its full variety of scales, working in the field of product and furniture design, ephemeral architecture, interiors, building projects and territorial studies. A constant quest for ingeniosity and comfort is the common thread through this wide repertoire of projects.

kawamura-ganjavian co-lead the innovation-based elop* transdisciplinary Master programme at the Bern University of Applied Sciences and have taught at the the EPFL School of Architecture in Lausanne, the EPFL School of Architecture in Lausanne, the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, Istituto Europeo di Design and the IE Architecture and Design School in Madrid/Segovia.

The studio has participated internationally in exhibitions, workshops and conferences in prestigious institutions such as MoMA New York, la Triennale di Milano, Fondazione Pistoletto in Biella, Tokyo Designers Week, Boisbuchet Summer Workshops, Strelka Institute Moscow, Stanford University or Guggenheim Bilbao. Work by the studio has been awarded internationally and published in magazines and books globally.

kawamura-ganjaian are founding members of the multidisciplinary creative platform Studio BananaStudio Banana TV and Studio Banana Things.


Patricia Guaita
Patricia is a Spanish-Swiss architect. After studying at the ETSAM school in Madrid she led reconstruction projects in Bosnia-Herzegovina and worked in architectural practices in Switzerland. She is currently team and curricular coordinator of the ALICE 1st year laboratory at the EPFL school in Lausanne and develops projects in partnership with kawamura-ganjavian in Switzerland.

team of collaborators

Susana Blazquez; studio manager
Ana Huerta; product designer
Justinas Jakštonis; architectural collaborator
Cornelia Tapparelli; doctor in architectural theory
Olivier Terny; musician, engineer and architectural collaborator

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, 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.

kawamura-ganjavian often collaborates with other professionals and agencies in multidisciplinary projects. We are grateful for their expertise in different fields with which we dialogue, from graphic communication or video production to engineering and strategic innovation:

Studio Banana, multidisplinary creative platform
Plan B, graphic communication
ARUP, engineering
Ludic Group, creative consultancy
Alfonso Herranz, photographer
Christophe Fouad, architect