Dr Federico Wulff EU PhD

Lecturer of Architecture Design and Urban Design Masters of Architecture Design (MA AD) Course Director

Email:
wulfff@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 0307
Location:
4.05, Friary House
Research group:
Architectural History and Theory Group

Responsibilities

Federico is a Lecturer of Architecture Design and Urban Design at the WSA, a European researcher and an award-winning practioner. He is also the Course Director of the Masters of Architecture Design (MA AD). Federico graduated at the ETSAM (Madrid, Spain) in 1998. In 2007/2008, he was awarded the Rome Prize in Architecture of the Royal Spanish Academy of Rome. He owns a European PhD, completed during his year in Rome, at the ETSAM School of Architecture of Madrid (Spain) and at Roma Tre University (Italy).

His work in the UK began in 2012, when he was Visiting Teacher at the Architectural Association (AA) in London. Then, in March 2013, he joined WSA as a Marie Curie Intra European Fellowship (IEF) Postdoctoral Senior Researcher. His European research project, EMUVE (Euro-Mediterranean Urban Voids Ecology) was funded by the European Commission. EMUVE focuses on the search of innovative design methodologies for the re-activation of urban landscapes in crisis, from 2008 Economic downturn to current refugee crisis.

His practice W+G Architects has been awarded with 10 first prizes in International Architecture competions. His projects have covered a wide range of issues, from public spaces (Eras, Forum), Heritage (Restoration of a 14th.C mosque in the arabic Palace of The Alhambra, Spain), to cooperation projects in developing countries (Ethiopia, Morocco).

Research interests

Landscape and Eco Urbanism
Recycling architecture in crisis and post crisis context
Crisis as a space of opportunity for innovation in the interaction between urban and public spaces design with socio-economic and politics
Post-industrial intervention strategies
Community engagement in urban regeneration
Comtemporary appraches on Heritage preservation and its role in the reactivation of abandoned and decayed urban contexts


Teaching profile

Masters of Architecture Design Course Director (MA AD)
MArch2 / MA AD EMUVE (Euro-Mediterranean Urban Voids Ecology) Unit Leader
EMUVE European Project UE Marie Curie Senior Researcher, European Comission-WSA, Cardiff University

The practice W+G Architects was founded in 2007 by the Spanish Architects Federico Wulff and Melina Guirnaldos. The aim of W+G Architects is to develop design and strategic projects in five timely analytical and design fields: 1. Post-crisis innovative reactivation strategies / 2. Contemporary approaches on heritage preservation and recycling. / 3. Landscape recovery interventions in cooperation projects / 4. Interactive Public Spaces / 5. Domestic spaces and micro-architecture.

Our International profile developed in our professional work in Spain, Italy, United Kingdom, Brazil, Chile, Morocco and Ethiopia has provided W+G Architects with new instruments for our design and strategic projects, supported by a rich interacting network of conceptual approaches and precedents which are leading us to create innovative solutions for the challenges that we are currently facing in this beginning of the XXIC.

Our theoretical research informs the exploration of new design methodologies that will be engaged in a profound understanding of the needs of each of our clients and the specific circumstances of the intervention sites. We are firmly committed with the fact that the design process is in itself another level of investigation which could be further theorised within a rich and creative dialectic relation between theory, practice, users and context. This flowing interaction is the essential framework of our work, which makes both our theoretical research and our investigation in practice highly adaptive to very different contexts such as reactivation strategies for crisis contexts in Western Europe, cooperation projects in Africa, public spaces in Europe, Medieval Arabic Heritage preservation or American urban regeneration strategies.

Among the projects of urban landscape reactivation we would highlight the public spaces Eras and Forum (Spain), both selected at the VI European Biennial of Landscape Architecture of Barcelona (Spain) and at the Biennale of Architecture of Sao Paolo (Brazil).

The Landscape Intervention and Restoration of the Palace of the Emperor Susenyos and the Jesuit Cathedral of Ethiopia (XVIIC.), funded by the Spanish Cooperation Agency, the restoration of the XIVC. Mosque of the Oratorio del Partal at the Alhambra Cultural Landscape (Spain), and the Landscape recovery of the Caves of Hercules site, in Tangiers (Morocco) are some of our recovery interventions in cultural landscapes.

Recently, W+G Architects was awarded with the Special Mention of the jury at the International Competition for the urban regeneration of Bulnes Avenue urban district of Santiago de Chile (Chile).

For further information about his professional work and its interaction with its academic research, please visit the website of his practice W+G Arquitectos: www.wg-arquitectos.com