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 Apple HQ in Cupertino, The Smithsonian in Washington, Beijing Airport, the European HQ of Bloomberg in London and the Yachtplus motor yacht.
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 the Specialist Modelling Group at Foster + Partners. As an internationally renowned, project-driven research and development unit, the group specialises in complex geometrical problems, environmental analysis, simulation and digital fabrication. While with the Specialist Modelling Group, Xavier also led several funded research projects in the field of large scale 3D printing and worked with NASA and the European Space Agency on 3D printed Moon and Mars habitats.
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.
View Xavier presenting at TEDx on his work with NASA and the ESA.
Yachtplus motor yacht – Nigel Young / Foster+Partners
Mars habitats – Foster+Partners
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