à la sauvette was founded in 2020 in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria by Pablo Castillo, Ernesto Ibáñez, Héctor Suárez and Luis Bautista.

We approach the architectural practice from an urban, civic, and social perspective. Our work explores the intersections between design, sociology, politics, and digital realities.  It has been presented and exhibited, among others, in Berlin, Madrid, and Lisbon.

We have a special interest in researching about relationship between the space and society, with a particular focus on the Canarian territory.

Their project Dance is Politics was selected among 457 ideas from 63 countries to participate in the Creative Exchange 2021 international event, framed in the 2021 European Architecture Program. Their publications include The Right to Dance, published by the Swiss magazine L'Atelier; Make2D: Scrolling through Flattened Architecture, published by the Yale Paprika magazine of Yale School of Architecture; and Tools: The Library, selected for Koozarch Abstractions. Their work has been recognized with First Prize of the international competition 'Rehabitando barrios, rehabitando ciudades,' convened by ASA; with a proposal on the urban industrial environment of Arrecife. Academic recognitions include the selection of The Fabulous Super-Library, as one of the 10 best PFCs in Spain of 2018 for Plataforma Arquitectura; the third prize in the international IsArch Awards; and its selection for the XIV BEAU. Also, the project 'Entre Barrios. Intervention between Triana and San Nicolás' received an Honorable Mention in the IsArch Awards; was a finalist in the XIV BEAU, and was selected for the Archiprix International 2019. à la sauvette worked with Theatrum Mundi staging three labs for the Movement Forum 2021 in London, Paris, and Lisbon, and with Forecast Berlin for the installation 'The Garden of Attractor Sounds' at the Driving The Human Festival 2021 in Berlin. à la sauvette is a Fellow of the EU-Funded Future Architecture Platform.


Pablo Castillo (architect)

Pablo Castillo is an architect and M. Arch II candidate at Harvard GSD ‘23. He holds a Diploma and a Master's in Architecture from the ULPGC, Spain (2017). Pablo worked at Mangado and Associates and Alonso+Sosa for three years before establishing his architecture design practice in 2019. His work has been awarded in the Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism (2018), and IsArch Awards (2018), among others. Pablo was a Fellow of Fundacion Arquia (2016), and is a Fellow of Real Colegio Complutense at Harvard, Fundación Mapfre Guanarteme, and a Fellow of the Future Architecture Platform.

Ernesto Ibáñez (architect)

Ernesto Ibáñez is an independent researcher and architect, holding a Diploma and a Master's in Architecture from the ULPGC (2017). He has co-led award-winning projects: 1st Prize of Emvisesa Public Housing, 2nd Prize of Algeciras Court Headquarters and 3rd Prize of Cártama Sustainable Urban Park (with Estudio Javier Terrados), 2nd Prize Fuerteventura Biosphere Reserve Headquarters (with Onda Arquitectura). Is a Future Architecture Platform Fellow, and his highlighted recognitions include 10 best PFCs in Spain (Archdaily, 2018), the 3rd prize in ISArch Awards (2018), and being selected for the XIV BEAU (2018), among others. 

Héctor Suárez (architect)

Héctor Suárez is an architect graduated from the ULPGC and holds a Diploma and a Master’s in Architecture in 2018. Since 2017, he has collaborated with the offices Recetas Urbanas, CGMH/Arquitectos, and URBNarc. His work has been awarded in Concéntrico 04 (2018), ASAcción 2019, and Gran Canaria Espacio Digital 2021, among others. In 2019 he was selected as a lecturer for the conference series of Las Palmas de GC’s Founding Festivities, and in 2021 as a Fellow of the Future Architecture Platform. Héctor has exhibited his work in Gran Canaria and Tenerife, together with the architect Magüi González.

Photo: Rebecca Faulkner.

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