Armor Gutierrez Rivas
Armor is an architect, researcher and maker, interested in how sustainable innovation can have a positive impact in our built environment. Prior to joining the University of East London as a Senior Lecturer, he gained extensive professional experience working for some of the world's most distinguished architecture firms such as Bjarke Ingels Group in Copenhagen, MVRDV in Rotterdam, and KPF in London, where he attained the level of Associate Principal. In 2015 he co‐founded Atelier La Juntana, a workshop exploring architecture, design and creative abrication through sustainable making. As part of this exploration he organises, in collaboration with Madrid Polytechnic University of Architecture, a Visiting Summer School which welcomes international students sharing a common interest on sustainable materials and critical making.
Since 2017, he runs the design studio Unit 8 MArch at UEL, alongside delivering Technical and Environmental Studies as Module Leader across BSc and MArch levels. In 2021 he became an Associate of the Sustainability Research Institute at UEL, developing several interdisciplinary Knowledge Exchange projects. The work of the unit has been selected in several occasions for RIBA awards, including the RIBA Silver Medal Nomination 2019‐21, the RIBA Dissertation Medal 2020, the RIBA London Skin Thinking award 2020‐21 and the RIBA London Sustainability Award 2021.
His work is part of an extensive number of exhibitions and collections, such as the 14th and 16th International Architecture Exhibition Venice Biennale, the London Festival of Architecture, the Cite de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine in Paris, the Danish Architecture Centre, the Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam and the VCU Arts Tasmeen Doha Biennale.