A gateway to the circular economy. El Portal by estudio DIIR + Manuel Bouzas

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Project team
David Meana, Ignacio Navarro, Iñigo Palazón, Ricardo Fernández y Manuel Bouzas.
Universidad Francisco de Vitoria.
Completion.- September 2021.
C. de Vallehermoso, 36, 28015 Madrid, Spain.
Vallehermoso Market, Universidad Francisco de Vitoria, Auara, Doto, CTRL+X and Prograrca.

David Meana, Ignacio Navarro, Iñigo Palazón, Ricardo Fernández estudio DIIR

estudio DIIR is an architecture firm based in Madrid founded in 2018 by David Meana, Ignacio Navarro, Iñigo Palazón and Ricardo Fernández, all of them architects from the Madrid School of Architecture (ETSAM).

Their work has received national and international recognition. In 2018, they were awarded the first prize for the construction of a new cultural center in Los Molinos (Madrid). At the beginning of 2019, they won the first prize to design the landscaping of Villamayor de Gállego (Zaragoza). And in 2020, they won first prize to design the Plasencia social health center (Cáceres). In addition, they have recently been selected among five finalists at the international level to design the Museum of Archeology and Prehistory of Santander.

The strategic and conceptual positioning developed in the various project competitions in which they have been awarded is transferred to domestic spaces. From offices and shops to renovations and homes, the DIIR studio explores different ways to achieve uniqueness through innovation and rigor.

Manuel Bouzas, Santiago del Aguila. Bouzas. Del Aguila

Bouzas. Del Aguila is a Madrid-based experimental architecture practice led by Manuel Bouzas (Pontevedra, 1993) and Santiago del Aguila (Madrid, 1992). Their work is focused on designing and producing prototypes and temporary installations while exploring emerging fabrication technologies through radical structural typologies. Their work was recognized with the COAM Award 2020 for Emerging Architects and has been exhibited at both the 15th BEAU 2021 and the 16th Venice Biennale in 2018.

Manuel Bouzas is an architect graduated with honors from ETSAM (UPM) in 2018. He is currently a ‘Master in Design Studies candidate’ at Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Santiago del Aguila is an architect graduated with honors from San Pablo CEU in 2018. In 2021 he completed the Master in Design and Digital Fabrication at Barlett School of Architecture (UCL).


Manuel Bouzas (Pontevedra, 1993) is an architect and researcher established in Galicia and Boston. Graduated with honors in 2018 from the ETSA of Madrid (UPM), Manuel is currently studying the Master of Design Studies at Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

His work explores the intersection between Architecture and Ecology through multiple scales and formats, ranging from the design of temporary installations to academic research. His projects have been exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 2023 and 2018, as well as at the XV Spanish Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2021.

In addition, he has received the Renzo Piano World Tour Award 2022, the La Caixa Postgraduate Scholarship 2021, and the COAM Emerging Award 2020 by the Official College of Architects of Madrid, among others. Multiple international media have recognized and disseminated his work, such as Arquitectura Viva, El Mundo, Domus, Divisare, or Archdaily. Manuel combines professional and academic activity, having collaborated as a J-Term instructor at Harvard GSD, assistant in the Department of Architectural Projects at ETSAM (UPM), or visiting researcher at the Tsukamoto Lab (Atelier Bow-Wow) in Tokyo Institute of Technology.

Santiago Del Águila

Santiago Del Águila is an architect who completed his bachelor's and master's degrees in architecture with honors at the CEU San Pablo University, Madrid, Spain in 2018. He currently resides in Madrid and works as a designer for Nagami, a manufacturing start-up. 3D printing, where robotics are used to design and automate the production of large-scale architectural and engineering components.

His interests focus on industrial design, technology and their synergies with architecture. That is why he completed a postgraduate course at UCL focused on platforms and automation aimed at hosting, design, coding and prototyping.

He currently works for Nagami Design as a computational and mechanical designer developing tool paths and components related to manufacturing processes in 3D printing and robotics. He also works as an independent architect at Shelf_Fill, Collaborating at BouzasDelAguila and part-time with other architects such as Pedro Pitarch.



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