Abel Maciel is an architect and researcher based in London, United Kingdom. He has extensive experience on a wide range of design typologies and scales, from product and interaction design to large-scale urban complexes and masterplans.
He is a Senior Research Associate at the Bartlett School of Architecture and is the founding director of Design Computation Ltd, a practice dedicated to innovate and evolve all aspects of design practice.
During his professional career, Abel has worked with some of the world’s leading design and engineering practices such as Foster + Partners, Zaha Hadid Architects, Herzog & de Meuron, Arup and Bureau Happold, preparing competitions, developing proposals and delivering projects in Asia, the Americas, Europe, and the Middle East.
On the conclusion of his Master of Architecture with a focus on biomimetics, Abel was invited to ingress on the EngD in Virtual Environments at UCL, being awarded an EPSRC Scholarship. His research focuses on the understanding of the social, economic and cognitive aspects of design thinking and how this value creation process informs the multidisciplinary and programmatic design modelling from early concept stages.
Using multidisciplinary research overarching Ethnography, Game theory and Human-Computer Interaction, Abel has developed radically new models of this complex phenomenon, opening new avenues for further research and being awarded the Bartlett Doctorate Prize in 2014.
Abel is currently consulting for Heatherwick Studio on all projects using Building Information Modelling and design computation, including the Google Campus Mountain View, the Google Headquarters London and Vessel Hudson Yards, New York City.
He is also a founding director of the Construction Blockchain Consortium, exploring the possibilities of blockchain technology in the building environment, and the initiator of the Design Computation Wiki, a free semantic knowledge platform for computational design.