Manuel Mateu Sanchis joins us for the second time in the Architect-US Portfolio Challenge, last time he submitted a project called Pop-up Living. This time around he is submitting his project called Metamorphosis, which is a design for a housing space that incorporates water canals that are incorporated into the individual house designs. Manuel goes into detail about the landscaping around the houses and the community spaces that have the walkways flow along with the river canals.

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Manuel has architects in his family, as his father and his grandfather have been architects since he was a child. This consistent interaction with the design world has inevitably led to his strong passion for the architecture profession. He is an experienced contributor with a demonstrated history of working in the architecture & planning industry. When he finished school, he started his studies in architecture, at the Polytechnic University of Valencia ( ETSAV), where he discovered a new world of possibilities. During the 2016/2017 school year, Manuel decided to take advantage of the Erasmus scholarship to expand his knowledge and went to Munich, Germany; in one of the best European technical universities (Tu Munchen). In 2019 he graduated as a design professional from IESE Business School – University of Navarra.

Once completing his bachelor and master studies in Architecture, he decided to leave Spain to experience being an Architect in Paris. His first stop was the acclaimed studio Dominique Perrault, and through this experience he was able to take on large scale projects for the first time. Not only this, he also tried his hand at architecture competitions and learned how to work in a more collaborative way with his team.

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Images by Manuel Mateu Sanchis

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