Xavier De Kestelier

Technology is often seen as the answer, but I believe design is the real answer. Technology is there to enable and to empower.”

Xavier leads our global design technology and innovation team, setting strategy and advising on the tools and knowledge we need to succeed. 

Both an architect and technologist, Xavier harnesses technology to create more powerful, future-focused design solutions. That means he’s responsible for overseeing our work in computational design, building information modelling, visualisation and virtual reality worldwide. 

Over the past decade he’s forged a reputation as an industry leader in the exploration and adoption of parametric design and digital fabrication. Most recently, he was behind our concept for a home’ on Mars – part of NASA’s 3D Printed Habitat Challenge.

A TED talker and regular speaker at major design and tech events, Xavier is also a director of Smartgeometry, a non-profit, global educational network for computational and digital design specialists.

Key projects

  • NASA 3D Printed Habitat Challenge, Mars
  • Public Investment Fund (PIF) Tower, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 
  • ALE_01 (Adaptive Lighting Experience Project) for Artemide


Principal / Head of Design Technology and Innovation





An amazing collection of experts in space travel, Mars and living in extreme habitats at the Mars symposium at @hassell_studio. Lots to take on board for the final submission of our Mars 3D Printed Habitat competition. Thanks to the team at Hassell! . ....



Continuing with the success of our work for the Design Museum’s latest exhibition #movingtomars we are very proud to have it feature in the background with our friend Xavier on Sky News #mars #designmuseum #hassell #space #habitation #skynews #generationmars


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