Founded in 2010, Michan Architecture is a studio based in Mexico City. The practice operates as a laboratory of architecture via built commissions and experimental research, exploring new possibilities within the discipline. We see architecture as a flirtation towards the built environment; a question towards the norm, a speculation of what the future can be.
The studio is led by Isaac Michan Daniel. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Universidad Iberoamericana with studies in RMIT University and a Masters in Architecture from Pratt Institute in New York. He has taught at Universidad Iberoamericana and the AA Visiting School in Mexico City. The work of the studio has been internationally published and widely exhibited. Recently, z53 Social Housing was awarded in Architizer’s 2015 A+Awards in the Architecture+Low Cost Housing category as Popular Winner, and World Interior News 2015 nominated the practice among the 9 emerging interior practices of the year.
Our work is situated at the tension between conventional and complex systems in the pursuit of a strange hybridization that deals with the autonomy and various contingencies of each project, such as its program, budget, and context; we regard them not as limitations, but rather as opportunities to produce an architecture that is uncanny and yet grounded in the world.
For our built work, which grows within a hybrid process that oscillates between digital and analogue techniques from its conceptual development to its built stage, we find great affinity in our process of exploring emerging technologies and how they translate into local craft, while understanding both the potential and the limitations of each type of media. We like to personalize each tool, break it, and then use it through an unorthodox but rigorous method to produce an ambiguous work, uncertain of its age.