Abel Maciel

Senior Research Associate at The Bartlett, UCL

Abel Maciel is an architect and researcher based in London, United Kingdom. He has extensive experience on a wide range of design typologies and scales, from product and interaction design, to large-scale urban complexes and masterplans.

During his professional career, Abel has worked with some of the world’s leading design and engineering practices such as Foster + Partners, Zaha Hadid Architects, Herzog & de Meuron, Arup and Bureau Happold, preparing competitions, developing proposals and delivering projects in Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Middle East.

On the conclusion of his Master of Architecture with a focus on biomimetics, Abel was invited to ingress on the EngD in Virtual Environments at UCL, being awarded an EPSRC Scholarship. His research focus on the understanding of the social, economic and cognitive aspects of design choice and how this value creation process informs the multidisciplinary and programmatic design modelling from early concept stages.

Using multidisciplinary research overarching ethnography, game theory and human computer interaction, Abel has developed new models of this complex phenomenon, opening new avenues for further research and being awarded the Bartlett Doctorate Prize in 2014.

Abel is currently consulting for Heatherwick Studio on all projects using building information modelling and design computation, including the Google Campus Mountain View, the Google Headquarters London and Vessel Hudson Yards, New York City.


Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, Law, Psychology, Public Policy, Build Environment


BIM Architecture, VR-AR, CSCW


The Bartlet School of Architecture

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