Abel Maciel is an architect and Senior Research Fellow at Bartlett faculty of the Built Environment, UCL. He has extensive experience in a wide range of design typologies and scales, from product and interaction design to large-scale urban complexes and masterplans. He also tutors architectural design at the Architectural Association (AA), the Bartlett School of Architecture, the Ecole Spéciale d'Architecture (ESA).
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 modeling 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.