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New practice: Mobo Architects

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Founded in January 2013, London and Bogotá based Mobo Architects have plans to develop their studio that designs at different scales, from furniture to masterplans.

Main people Anna Kulik, Giorgio Badalacchi

Based London and Bogotá, Colombia

Founded January 2013

Where have you come from? 
We met in Barcelona while doing our masters degree in advanced architecture at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, after graduating from Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia, (Giorgio) and the Moscow Architectural Institute (Anna). We previously worked for local studios in our countries, and after finishing our masters degree, we did an internship together at Appareil, a practice based in Barcelona.

Anna won a large British scholarship (Chevening 2012-13) and we decided to move to London. While I was working for EcoLogicStudio, Anna was doing EmTech at the Architectural Association. We co-founded the studio and started doing international competitions at different scales. Eventually Anna joined Scott Brownrigg, and I joined Play Associates, but we kept working on our competitions.

Now MOBO is established as a studio that designs at different scales, from furniture to masterplans.

What work do you have and what kind of projects are you looking for?
We have been participating in international competitions for the past two years and will continue to do so. We also work for private clients and aim to have more projects in the UK.  We are registered in Columbia and we are currently going through the ARB-RIBA registration process.

What are your ambitions?
We opened a branch in Bogotá, Columbia, to develop our competition-winning project to overhaul the UNESCO-protected Cartagena de Indias fort. We live in London and will open a permanent office here once our professional registration is completed.

How optimistic are you as a start-up practice?
We are quite optimistic. Cartagena de Indias is a great opportunity for us. Our portfolio has developed over the past two years and we are now well positioned for both conversation and innovative, parametrically-driven projects.

How are you marketing yourselves?
When you win a big competition for UNESCO your marketing seems to take on a life of its own. Blogs and social networks have raised interest.

moboarchitects.com

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