Débora Mesa Molina

John C. Portman Design Critic in Architecture

Débora Mesa Molina, (Madrid, 1981) is European Licensed Architect and principal of Ensamble Studio, a cross-functional team she leads with her partner Antón García-Abril, based in Madrid and Boston. Balancing imagination and reality, art and science, their work innovates typologies, technologies and methodologies to address issues as diverse as the construction of the landscape or the prefabrication of the house. From their early works –Hemeroscopium House or The Truffle– to their most recent –Ca’n Terra and Ensamble Fabrica–, every project makes space for experimentation aiming to advance their field. Their contributions to the theory and practice of architecture have received numerous international recognitions, the latest ones being: the 2022 American Academy of Arts and Letters Award, the 2021 Marcus Prize, and the 2019 RIBA Charles Jencks Award. Currently, through their startup WoHo, they are developing ways to increase quality and affordability in architecture through the integration of offsite technologies.

Alongside her practice, Débora is committed to sharing ideas and cultivating synergies between professional and academic worlds through teaching, lecturing and researching: she has served as Critic at Large at Pratt GAUD in 2021/22, Ventulett Chair in Architectural Design at Georgia Tech in 2018/22 and Research Scientist at MIT in 2013/18, where she co-founded the POPlab –Prototypes of Prefabrication– in 2012.

Courses