Massachusetts Institute of Technology '21
School of Architecture and Planning
Certificate: Entrepreneurship in the Built Environment
Thomas Jefferson 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
B.ARCH Graduate at Philadelphia University
Javier Villarroel is an architectural designer, a visual artist, and a multidisciplinary collaborator. He finds passion in intertwining technology, parametricism, and fabrication with traditional visually stimulating elements creating interactive, kinetic, and stimulating projects, produced digitally and physically. Currently Javier is an architectural designer at Elkus Manfredi Architects in Boston, Massachusetts.
In 2018 Javier co-founded Lucid Motion, a biotech multidisciplinary startup passionate about treating muscle loss and allowing people who suffer from it to enjoy more independent social and healthy lives. The startup was a semifinalist in the Kaylie Hardware track of the 2018 Zahn Center Venture Competition. He and his core team have also participated in the Make/Model Hackathon hosted by A/D/O in 2018 and placed first for proposing an alternative strategy to enhance snow management methods in cities.
From 2016-2019 Javier was an architectural designer at Varenhorst architects in Philadelphia, PA. There he lead the visualization effort of the office and was involved throughout the schematic and design development phases of projects, providing schemes, renderings and live model exports to present to clients and design team alike to show ongoing process and completed works. Javier’s knowledge of parametric scripting and fabrication tooling has facilitated the design of several perforated patterns for facades, furniture and signage. His work at Varenhorst has been on large scale residential, mixed-use, and institutional buildings as well as urban design.
Previously Javier has experience working with a team coordinating construction documents for several large scale residential projects, such as the Apthorp and the Astor buildings in New York City. In Javier's last semester studying in Philadelphia University, he worked as a research assistant in the College of Architecture and the Built environment by organizing a digital library of various scripting methods for generating 3d model representations of textiles and well as documenting the stages of development of participants in the 3d Textiles studio.
Academically, Javier is interested in and has studied experimental materials, experimental modeling, ethnographic research methods and current topics in biology; all intended to use as a platform for architectural design and fabrication. This has allowed him to collaborate with various disciplines including interior design, industrial design, fashion design and textile design; all of which aided tremendously in helping translate digital projects into physical prototypes.
Javier is a graduate from Thomas Jefferson University with a bachelor of Architecture and a minor in digital design and fabrication interested in architectural design, installations, research, and sustainability.