Common Accounts is an experimental design studio based in Madrid and Toronto directed by Igor Bragado (Gernika, Spain, 1985. Lives and works in Madrid, Spain) and Miles Gertler (Toronto, Canada, 1990. Lives and works in Toronto, Canada). They explore situations where design intelligence is abundant but under the radar. Trained in architecture but working fluidly between art and design, they channel cultural, technological, and historiographical material into radical architectural proposals, using speculative fiction and drawing upon social narratives and practices from the past to project alternative systems and futures. They shape environments and consult, teach, and inquire into the immediate future of architecture. The studio’s output often materializes in reports, narratives, building, image, installation, and video.
The work of Common Accounts has been recognized with The Architectural League Prize, The Rome Prize from Real Academia de España en Roma, in T Magazine Spain’s 2019 list of influential designers, and in Platform Architecture‘s 2022 round up of 40 under 40 European design practices. Recent exhibitions featuring the work of Common Accounts include Foodscapes, The Spanish Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale (2023); Greater Toronto Art 2021 at MOCA (Toronto); A Section of Now at the Canadian Centre for Architecture (Montreal, 2021); or (Re)Design Death at the Cube Museum (Kerkrade, NL, 2020). Miles Gertler is Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream at the University of Toronto, and Igor Bragado is Adjunct Professor of Design at IE University in Madrid.
Based in Beijing, Igor Bragado (1985) established his independent practice in 2012. He currently works as a project architect in big scale developments and master planning at Trace Architecture Office. Prior to that, he collaborated for two years with Juan Herreros (2010-2011). He has been an invited lecturer and critique at the German Institute of Beijing and the Studio X of Columbia University. He studied Architecture and Urban Planning at the School of Architecture of Barcelona and Waseda University in Tokyo. His thesis project, Vertical Structure for Marunouchi, was selected for the 11th Spanish Architecture Biennial. After his graduation, he received the Arquia Fellowship by Caja de Arquitectos Foundation.