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Xavier Vilalta


Fellows Class:
Xavier Vilalta

Professional Role

Current Titles:

Founding Architect at XVA, TED Fellow, Associate professor at ETSAB

Current Organizations:

XVA, TED, ETSAB, Angel Olaran Foundation


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TEDxMadrid - Xavier Vilalta - Fractals of knowledge

Xavier Vilalta, architect and TED Fellow 2011, explains in this compelling talk how he was inspired by african fractals when he created a professional school and other social buildings in Etiopia. He also explains the importance of respect for local traditions and why social innovation should be alwways tied to origins. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

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XVA - Xavier Vilalta Architects
04/20/2005 – 02/20/2012
Architecture firm based in Barcelona. Our design vision is about nature and people and how to connect them through the design of contemporary vernacular architecture. We use local available resources and traditions as the main source of innovation.
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Xavier Vilalta is an Architect and Associate Professor at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Barcelona. His work focuses on nature and people as well as how to reconnect the two through the design of Contemporary Vernacular Architecture. Xavier brings innovation by integrating locally available resources and traditions. This vision has led him and his team to design over 50 projects in Europe, Africa and The Middle East. His work has been recognized with international awards, such as the Young Architect of the Year at the Leaf Awards 2008; the SAIE Selection Award 2009; and 2010 at the Energy Exhibition of Bologna, Italy for the sustainability of his projects. In 2011 Xavier became a TED Fellow.

Fun facts

Favorite meal:
paella, patatas bravas and bread with tomato

A funny story about me:
I have many that I would like to share when we meet!

Vital Stats

Fellows Class
Living in
Barcelona, Spain
Working in
Barcelona, Spain
Born in
Mollerussa, Spain