Hikaru Nissanke (OMMX)
Filipe Magalhães (fala)
Matteo Costanzo (2A+P/A)
Bart Dehaene


Hikaru Nissanke founded OMMX in 2010, having completed his studies at Cambridge University and the Architectural Association. He is now a Design Fellow and Studio Master at both Cambridge University and Central St Martins. Hikaru advocates a pluralist approach to architecture that goes beyond merely meeting the functional needs and performative challenges of buildings – one that is qualitative, inclusive, culturally engaged, socially relevant, ethnically sensitive and ethical. Hikaru synthesises a phenomenal and noumenal understanding of the world to produce architecture that appeals to both untamed and cultivated states of mind. He has a particular interest in the inherent poetic and semantic potential of architectural elements, details, materials and material processes. He explores how these can be used to humanize developments, imbuing them with a form of civic dignity and narrative, a means through which the imprint of the individual can be read against the whole. His work has been exhibited internationally and throughout his life he has won multiple awards, prizes and scholarships.



fala is a naïve architecture practice based in Porto, led by Filipe Magalhães, Ana Luisa Soares and Ahmed Belkhodja. Established in 2013, the atelier works with methodic optimism on a wide range of projects, from territories to birdhouses.

Filipe Magalhães graduated in architecture at Faculdade de Arquitectura do Porto and Fakulteta za Arhitekturo in Ljubljana. He wrote the thesis ‘between the abstract and the figurative’. Filipe worked with Harry Gugger in Basel and Sanaa in Tokyo. He is visiting professor at Bratislava’s Faculty of Architecture.



2A+P/A is an architectural office established in Rome by Gianfranco Bombaci and Matteo Costanzo. The office works on architectural, urban and landscape design projects with a particular interest in the condition of the contemporary city. They have been awarded in a number of international competition and invited to present and exhibit their work by: Architectural Association in London, the 14th, 13th and 11th Venice Biennale, 5th Biennale of Brasilia, NAI in Rotterdam, Shanghai Expo and MAXXI in Rome. They are currently teaching at the Miami University and Cornell University programs and at the IED in Rome. Their writings and projects have been published in a variety of international books and magazines, and they are founders and editors of San Rocco magazine, and for the space Campo.

Matteo Costanzo studied at “Sapienza University” in Rome and « Brooks » University in Oxford. He had collaborated with magazine Domus and wrote several texts and essays for international books and magazines such as: A10, Abitare, a+t, A+U, Architecture d’aujourd’hui, Architectural Review and Volume. He taught at IED and at the master In/Arch in Rome, at Naba and Domus Academy in Milan, Syracuse University in London.



Architecture office Bart Dehaene operates from a non-dogmatic attitude. We work within an economy of means: the specific characteristics of a given site and program and our knowledge on craftsmanship and the architecture history. Together this results in a wide range of poetic projects which are not bound to a singular style, time or approach. We believe that in our contemporary society it is a necessity to collaborate in order to create projects, which are sustainable on all levels.  In recent years we’re gradually upscaled our projects from private houses to social housing, collective living, offices, cultural projects, urban planning and schools. The school project for ‘De Brug’ in Erpe-Mere will be presented during the 2016 Venice Biennale in the Belgian pavilion as part of the ‘Bravoure’ expo. ‘The Brug’ Erpe-Mere is a project from Architecture office Bart Dehaene in collaboration with Sileghem & Partners architects and engineers, and art integration by Ante Timmermans.



Freek Persyn (51N4E)
Tom Broers (UGent)
Sébastien Charlier (ULg)




PhD candidate, UGent


Architecture Historian, PhD, ULg