Focus 2019: Sustainability – Meet Oliverio
I studied at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), graduated in 2000. I did some collaborations with offices in BA, a short stage at MVRDV and some small projects. I’ve got a prize in 2003 in an international competition, luckly was not the last one. In 2007 I started NOA, my own practice from which we formulate solutions that create a unique architectural identity, optimizing costs and maximizing the value of the project while considering the social, emotional and intellectual implications both to the environment and users we serve. Building without technical conflicts, new alternatives, and vigorous ideas is our goal.
Since 1998 I’ve been teaching in different departments at the UBA, I have also taught at the UTDT postgraduate school and been a lecturer in Chile, Colombia and South Africa. Nowadays I’m an Adjunt Professor at Architecture Studio IV at LCJ’s chair at the UBA.
My first contact with sustainability was not in school but in one of my firsts commissions when I started NOA: Tribal was a sustainable hotel which has to be able to be dismantled within 6 hours to run away from the hurricanes. The client demanded a zero impact in the long term so no permanent foundations could be left at the beach. Despite the fact the project was never built it laid one of the basis for our practice approach: a fascination with sustainable processes and generating innovative solutions from architecture and the impact this has on the daily lives of its users. Our research-based approach promotes space innovation in the fields of architecture, interior design, and furniture as well as the landscape, with a strong focus on the integration and the impact of the buildings on the habitat and the environment.