Ruxandra Iancu Bratosin [Ro]
Ruxandra Iancu Bratosin studied architecture in Bucharest, Romania after which she took the Masters in Advanced Architecture program in the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalunia | IAAC. During the Masters Program her first year project was related to global water stress in the Self Sufficient Buildings studio with Enric Ruiz Geli (Could9). Her second year thesis,”Genius-Ghetto”, that was aiming to tackle social distress in the neighbourhood of Ciudad Meridiana, Barcelona, with self-sufficiency strategies, was given the “Thesis of Excellence” award. Ruxandra is also a graphic designer and a painter, and toys with different manners of artistic expression. Her works have been exhibited at the Venice Biennale 2016 as part of the Russian Pavilion. Her skills don't limit to advanced architecture tools, but include animation, video-editing and cartography and she is always looking for ways to blend these worlds together.
She has been active in the academic field as well, assisting the Prototype for the Self Sufficient City studio course, part of the Masters in City and Technology Program in IAAC, with Vicente Guallart and Rodrigo Rubio, the 2nd Year Individual Thesis Program in the Masters in Advanced Architecture in IAAC and the Self Sufficient Buildings Studio with Enric Ruiz Geli. Most recently she was a Junior Professor to the Slow Crisis Seminar, as part of the Masters in Advanced Architecture in IAAC.
After working in several small studios, Ruxandra was also a partner architect at Margen-Lab Barcelona (2014-2016) where she was actively involved in several multi-scale projects in Spain and abroad, dealing with projects related with digital fabrication, environmental analysis and adaptation, sustainability and self-sufficiency. Between oct 2015 - oct 2016 she was the Coordinator for the Project for the Self Sufficient City Department, led by Vicente Guallart, within the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia in Barcelona.
Integral part of her time is dedicated to humanitarian projects. She co-founded the The Hidra Project, an ongoing humanitarian project focusing on issues of Guinea-Bissau, that has broad applications beginning with issues like water safety training for the locals and ending with jumpstarting micro-economies in the small villages. The project is now taking a strong social character and promises to bring more attention to Guinea-Bissau. In an effort to aid disenfranchised communities, she founded the Advocacyplanning.com initiative.
In november 2016 she co-founded BASICS Architecture and became Vice-President of BASICS Association.