Iker Gil is an architect and director of MAS Studio, a collaborative architecture and urban design firm based in Chicago. He is also the founder and editor-in-chief of the design journal MAS Context and the Associate Curator of Dimensions of Citizenship, the US Pavilion at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennalethat took place in 2018. He has curated severalexhibitions, including BOLD: Alternative Scenarios for Chicagoas part ofthe inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial, a gallery as part of the exhibition Chatter Architecture Talks Balkat the Art Institute of Chicago, Shanghai Transforming at the Chicago Architecture Foundation and Virginia Tech, and Synchronizing Geometry held at S.R. Crown Hall (IIT). In addition, he teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was the co-director of the Chicago Expander program. He is the recipient of the 2010 Emerging Visions Award from the Chicago Architectural Club.
Luis Urculo, (Madrid 1978). Licensed in the ETSAM Technical School of Senior Architecture, Madrid (December, 2006), Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and Institute of Design in Chicago. In 2004 he founds Motocross and in 2006 he establishes his own studio.
He develops a work of small and indefinite architecture in an opened format. '“I no longer know what architecture is and what an architect should do”. Always interested in all that is peripheral to architecture, the processes, developments and approaches that can be manipulated, sampled and translated into other scales, adapting to the composition of the project, creating new scenes/ experiences / expectations not contemplated previously.
He realizes projects of diverse format among others for Philippe Starck, Sybilla, Davidelfin, AbsolutLab, Zara, Mansilla & Tuñón, La Casa Encendida, Matadero, Rolling Stone, X Bienal of Architecture and Urbanism, etc … where the barriers of the graphical language / architecture / design are questioned as something unique. They work as a whole.
He also works as a teacher with Jaime Hayón for Master of European Design Labs in Istituo Europeo di Design, Madrid.
Works exhibited in the XIth Venice Biennial – Spanish pavilion, Gallery Dama Aflita (Porto), Montevideo Biennial, Fabrica Features (Lisbon), Basel2010, CutLog Art Fair FIAC10 (Paris), Transculturelles des Abattoirs (Casablanca), National Glyptoteque (Athens), La Casa Encendida (Madrid), selected in FreshMadrid! cycle of young architects (exhibiting in Madrid, Bogota, New York and Barcelona), Ink01 (International Illustration Meeting), Arquia/Próxima (Valencia), Re-Fresh Matadero (Madrid), Latin-American Biennial show of Design – Matadero (Madrid), Exhibition JAE (Madrid, New York, Brussels, Stockholm), Galleria Da Cozinha (Porto), COAM Foundation of Madrid in the cycle of Recent Work, selected for PhotoEspaña04 (June2004), Proyecta 04 and Sala Pradillo. Lectures in Madrid, Barcelona, Galicia, Grenoble and Buenos Aires.