About Xavier


Sustainable Architecture Designer Xavier Vilalta, despite his youth, has a long track professional career with built projects and others under construction in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He has also been awarded and recognized by many prizes and institutions worldwide. Vilalta's work is about finding a better connection between nature and people, through sustainable design and combining innovative technologies with local resources and traditions.

At the young age of 24, he founded XVA Architects in Barcelona, and since then, his work has been recognized by international awards such as the Young Architect of the year at the Leaf Awards 2008, in 2009 and 2010 awarded for the sustainability of his projects at the SAIE Selection at the Energy Exhibition of Bologna (Italy), the TED Fellowship in 2011 and this 2013, he has received the International Cooperation Award by the Catalan Architects Association and the Honorable Mention at the MA Prize at the Annual Exhibition Modern Atlanta in the United States.

TED Conferences

TED Fellows Retreat 2013, TEDGlobal 2013, TED2011

An idea worth spreading

Can we can find a better connection between nature and people through sustainable design and combining innovative technologies with local resources and traditions?

I'm passionate about

Sustainable Design and Architecture, Nature, People, Africa and Fractals.

Talk to me about

Yourself, Sustainable Architecture, Africa, Fractal Geometry

People don't know I'm good at

I play the contra and the bass guitar and my music hero is Flea (RHCP)

My TED story

it started when I discovered the first TED TAlk and it is still happening at the moment, more after the break!

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

Xavier Vilalta
Posted 11 months ago
Xavier Vilalta: Architecture at home in its community
First of all, thank you so much for your comments! I truly appreciate getting feedback and opinions about the projects and my design approach. Here are some clarifications: 1.- These projects relate with emerging countries and economies where many issues from their reality can be improved. As an architect, I am given a very small piece of the whole problem, in terms of Architecture and Planning; and in respect to the Social and Economical aspects of this context. But even on a small part of the whole, creative solutions that engage community and environment can be applied creating opportunities for people and improving the future performance of the buildings. For example, in the first project, we could have presented a normal shopping mall as we understand in the West but instead of that, we designed a hybrid between the traditional market and a contemporary building. Further more, this new building will create opportunities for vendors that don´t have such an infrastructure at the moment in terms of quality of space and energy stability. 2.- Keeping social and environmental ideas in mind when designing does not need to go against the other stakeholders of the project. Actually, by bringing onboard these values it can be profitable and beneficial for everybody involved: developers, builders, architects, neighbors, and final users. Win-Win relationships for all the agents on the process are possible and the most difficult part is to communicate the benefits of such design operations for everybody to understand how they are an essential part of it. 3.- The represented designs have been checked and calculated by our expert engineers, especially in terms of structure, rain drainage and considering the local climate conditions. I would like to answer any questions you may have so feel free to get in touch.
Xavier Vilalta
Posted almost 3 years ago
If you could give computers one magical power, what would it be and why?
hi james, i believe the point of separating between a tool or a colleague is a big issue. why don´t we put them together? would it be possible that computers act like tools that correct ourselves, some do already, but in a more human way? or maybe like a tool that continues working when you are tired or lazy, that you start doing something and it continues it by adapting to the method you started...
Xavier Vilalta
Posted about 3 years ago
Nina Tandon: Caring for engineered tissue
This is a truly inspiring talk in such a short length. I believe Nina would entertain and teach us for hours but she did what is really difficult in science communication: to compress all the information and make it simple for everybody to understand. Good job!