Ana Alonso Albarracin


I design from the point of view of users, aiming to create places people like spending time in.”

I love creating experiences, colour and composition. I use my skills in 3D modelling and BIM to translate these interests into spatial proposals. I design from the point of view of users, aiming to create places people like spending time in.

At Studio Egret West, I have enjoyed developing this approach through several of the studio’s competition submissions, including a station arrival in Brent Cross and an exhibition for the V&A museum. I have also been involved in a number of mixed-use, office-led schemes. These have given me an opportunity to lead the integration of Virtual Reality within the studio’s design processes. I think VR is a powerful tool for communication, but equally so for design development.

Recently, I have taken on a key role in Ateliers fM -a hub for radio, sound and voice professionals. This is SEW’s first project in France, at the heart of an ongoing development for a Creative City in Montpellier. The emerging design seeks to facilitate exchanges between users, reaching beyond the building itself towards its neighbours and the surrounding creative community. The team is working in the spirit of endurance, using low-tech solutions and bio-sourced materials to give a second life to a former military warehouse. The presence of vegetation blurs the limits between exterior and interior, contributing to an atmosphere of wellbeing and cosiness within the workspaces.

In my own time, I enjoy creating visual artworks on multiple media. I studied at the Edinburgh College of Art and the Bartlett School of Architecture. One of the prints from my final year thesis was exhibited at the Royal Academy’s 250th Summer Exhibition, curated by Grayson Perry.

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