Xavier De Kestelier
“Technology is often seen as the answer, but I believe design is the real answer. Technology is there to enable and to empower.”
Xavier is a global Head of Design and leader of our design technology and innovation team, which sets strategy and advises on the tools and knowledge we need to succeed.
Both an architect and technologist, Xavier harnesses technology to create more powerful, future-focused design solutions. That means he’s responsible for overseeing our work in computational design, building information modelling, visualisation and virtual reality worldwide.
Over the past decade he’s forged a reputation as an industry leader in the exploration and adoption of parametric design and digital fabrication. Most recently, he was behind our concept for a ‘home’ on Mars – part of NASA’s 3D Printed Habitat Challenge.
A TED talker and regular speaker at major design and tech events, Xavier is also a director of Smartgeometry, a non-profit, global educational network for computational and digital design specialists.
- NASA 3D Printed Habitat Challenge, Mars
- Public Investment Fund (PIF) Tower, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
- ALE_01 (Adaptive Lighting Experience Project) for Artemide
The Architectural Scientist and the Scientific Architect
With every excursion into space, mankind steps closer to living on – not just visiting – other planets. Getting us there are people like Sanjeev Gupta, professor of Earth Science at Imperial College London and part of the Mars Curiosity rover mission currently exploring Gale Crater for NASA. In this podcast, Sanjeev and Xavier de Kestelier discuss the blurring of boundaries between science and architecture.
Associate Director, Ben Lewis, attending the launch of the Moving to Mars exhibition at the @designmuseum last week. Our project with @hassell_studio…
An amazing collection of experts in space travel, Mars and living in extreme habitats at the Mars symposium at @hassell_studio. Lots to take on board…
Continuing with the success of our work for the Design Museums latest exhibition #movingtomars we are very proud to have it feature in the background…