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Friday 3 March 2017
Introducing Xavier De Kestelier

Recently appointed HASSELL Principal and Head of Design Technology and Innovation, Xavier De Kestelier, has worked on some of the most complex projects across the world including technology company head offices, world renowned museum and research complexes, airports, and media company headquarters.

HASSELL CEO Gerard Corcoran said that the appointment is part of the HASSELL strategy to continually expand our skills and capabilities.

“As a practising architect and technologist, Xavier joins HASSELL at a time of major global change which calls for leadership in design technology, innovation and research,” Gerard said.

“Change is exciting. It pushes us to innovate and explore new possibilities. Not only does it help us continually build our internal skill set at HASSELL but also delivers greater value for our client” Xavier said.

Prior to joining HASSELL, Xavier was co-Head of an internationally renowned research and development unit, specialising in complex geometrical problems, environmental analysis, simulation and digital fabrication. While with the group, Xavier also led several funded research projects in the field of large scale 3D printing and worked on conceptual space projects and astronaut habitation.

Xavier is also a Director of Smartgeometry, a non-profit educational organisation for computational design and digital fabrication. Their annual workshop and conference has taken place in Cambridge, Toronto, Munich, New York, San Francisco, Barcelona, Hong Kong, and Copenhagen, and has grown to become an independent worldwide network for computational and digital design specialists.

Xavier brings with him internationally acknowledged experience in parametric design, digital fabrication, computational design, rapid prototyping, augmented/virtual reality and the use of robotics in design. He has held academic positions at the Syracuse University (London), University of Ghent (Belgium) and The Bartlett (London). He is also a member of the RIBA’s Research and Innovation Group.

“HASSELL is working on some innovative and highly technical projects around the world and I’m excited to work with the team to push the boundary of possibilities in architecture and design,” he said.

Xavier will be based in our HASSELL London studio but working globally. 

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