CERN Accelerating science

“Scientific insights have always been part of what influenced us as architects and designers, not only in terms of a technological aid, but as a cultural agent and catalyst for new spatial solutions,” said the two Austrian winners.

Matias del Campo

Chilean born and Austrian native, Del Campo graduated with distinction from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria. In 2003, together with Sandra Manninger, he co-founded SPAN Architects in Vienna. The globally acting practice is best known for their sophisticated application of contemporary technologies in architectural production. Their award-winning architectural designs are informed by Baroque geometries, romantic atmospheres, and biological systems. These sensorial and spatial conditions, in combination with the manifold qualities of contemporary, algorithm-driven approaches are investigated for their architectural qualities. Matias del Campo´s obsessive explorations of contemporary moods are fueled by the opulent repertoire of materialization in nature in combination with cutting-edge technologies, as well as form as a driving force in design at large.

Sandra Manninger

Sandra Manninger is an Austrian registered architect, teacher, and researcher. She is principal of SPAN del Campo Manninger Architects, the company she founded together with Matias del Campo. They're the architects of the Austrian Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo 2010, constructing an epistemological framework from practice and procedures that are based on the newly acquired knowledge that we increasingly dominate through science and technology. These involve a software approach that goes beyond the tool itself, leaving space for a true ecology of digital thinking: an achievement that dispels techno-enthusiasm and opens the door to something that might really become a certainty in the future.