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Purva Chawla,

 

Director

After practicing as an architect in the United States, Purva founded MaterialDriven–materials-focussed education platform and design consultancy–in 2016. Now based in London, her work focusses on Circular Design and Material Innovation, while guiding MaterialDriven to act as a bridge between emerging material-makers or designers and established manufacturers, brands and clients in development. The company is modeled as an incubator for design talent, bringing architects, developers and diverse brands in contact with curated, innovative design and its makers.

Purva is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design in Philadelphia, and the Sushant School of Art and Architecture in New Delhi, India. She can be reached at **purvac@materialdriven.com**

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Adele Orcajada,

 

Project Coordinator

Adele has a background in making and developing extraordinary craft accessories for fashion, working with communities in Peru and Ecuador as well as Europe and Asia. Looking for exciting material innovation has always been one of her passions. During her masters in MA Applied Imagination at Central Saint Martins she researched the relationship between materials, culture and identity, graduating with Distinction. Since then, she has been a Material Researcher and Curator at a London Material Library, developing exhibitions and presentations that support designers and architects in their material discovery. As project coordinator at Material Driven, she supports and connects the new generations of material makers with industry leaders and suppliers.

She can be reached at **adele@materialdriven.com**

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Daphne Stylianou

 

Editorial Team Member

 

Daphne Stylianou is a London-based researcher interested in material culture, whose background in anthropology references cultural, social and creative processes in design. Her research into making and open design interrogates the blurred boundaries between designer and user, and the engagement of process, practice, and materiality. Working within trans-disciplinary design, she investigates co-design methods for social innovation and sustainability.

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Patricia Mato-Mora

 

Editorial Team Member

Patricia Mato-Mora studied architecture at the Architectural Association; and obtained her Masters at the Royal College of Art, where her dissertation 'A Single Ecstasy' was awarded a distinction.

Patricia currently teaches architecture and interior architecture at the Architectural Association, and the University for the Creative Arts respectively. Her work has been published in AArchitecture, The Architectural Review, and The Journal of Modern Craft.

Learn more about Patricia's work here: http://www.pmatomora.net/

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Abigail Ward           Intern

 

Abigail is a London-based designer, currently pursuing her MA in Textile Design at the Royal College of Art. She specializes in mixed-media textile design, and used detailed hand-work and material-manipulation as the focus of her design process.