Javier Villarroel is an architectural designer,
a visual artist, and a multidisciplinary collaborator based in New York City.
Finding passion in intertwining technology, parametricism, and fabrication with traditional visually stimulating elements creating interactive, kinetic, and elegant projects, produced digitally and physically.
Javier Villarroel studied architecture at Philadelphia University (now a part of Thomas Jefferson University), exploring robotics, installations, and collaborations between multidisciplinary projects, often involving ethnographic research methods, experimental modeling and materials as well as prototype building. This increased Javier's interest in digital modeling and fabrication, as well as his curiosity in creating responsive creations.
Javier Villarroel exploring flip milling for a series of digitally fabricated joints.
Javier's collaborative efforts coalesced in an hybridization of architectural robotics and an experimental 3D Textiles program, which inspired him to intertwine techniques and materials for unique creations. Javier's installations were ultimately exhibited in Philadelphia and New York City in 2016. VISTOSA was exhibited in the Philadelphia Science Festival and Malleable Sculpture was exhibited in the International Contemporary Furniture Fair.
Malleable sculpture exhibited at the 2016 International Contemporary Furniture Fair, in the Javits Center.
Zahn Center Semi Final Presentation
In 2018 Javier joined biomedical engineers Daniel Villarroel, Anuoluwapo Bolarinwa and Christian Fong to participate in a series of startup incubator competitions. Our proposals placed first in the A/D/O Make/Model competition and qualified into semifinals in the Zahn innovation center. We have also presented and networked in several centers such as New Lab, Grand Central Tech, Google NYC, and Microsoft NYC.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology '21
School of Architecture and Planning
Certificate: Entrepreneurship in the Built Environment
Philadelphia University '16
Center of Architecture and the Built Environment
Bachelor of Architecture
Minor in Digital Design and Fabrication
University of Arkansas: Rome Center '14
Urban Design and Historic Preservation
Art Foundations Program
Zahn Center Venture Competition:
Kaylie Hardware Prize for Entrepreneurship
Zahn Innovation Center - New York, NY
Make/Model Hackathon Competition
A/D/O - Brooklyn, NY
International Contemporary Furniture Festival
Javits Convention Center - New York, NY
Work Exhibited | Malleable Sculpture
Spacework: State of the Union
CABE Press - Philadelphia, PA
Work Published | Issue No.3 | 05.16
Design Informatics Lab: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
ACM XRDS | Vol.22 | No.3 | 04.16
Philadelphia Science Festival: Energy Generating Art
Penn's Landing - Philadelphia, PA
Work Exhibited | VISTOSA