Universal Projects is a company of architecture, design and development of technologies, oriented to create solutions to the most pressing challenges that human civilization presents.
We create solutions aimed at improving the Human Experience of inhabiting in Extreme Conditions through a proper integration between design and technology applied in both the systems and the building processes as in the dynamics of the inhabitants.
We formulate and apply new technological paradigms in the field of design, with a user-centered development and use of technologies: in its sensory and cognitive apparatus, and its interaction with its umwelt.
We promote Food Sovereignty and Food Security through the design of Appropriate Technologies intended for the development of systems and their components.
We work in the implementation of Circular Economies through the design and development of technologies oriented to the management of materials.
We improve the dynamics of planning and participation through the abundance of data and automated tools of territorial intelligence.
Aníbal Fuentes Palacios
President. Food Systems & Material Systems coordinator
Architect from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, with studies in aesthetic philosophy and a self-taught biologist. His research interests focus in the intersection of design, science and technology (Biomimircy and Biodesign), and his areas of expertise include post-catastrophe settlements and food security. He is Founder and former Executive Director of the NGO Cultivos Urbanos (2008 - 2014).
Juan Pablo Ugarte Urzúa
Human Augmentation coordinator
Architect, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Master of Architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard. His areas of expertise include digital design and fabrication, and his research interests focus on the intersection of digital culture and traditional crafts. Former Architect at the award-winning gt2p Studio (Chile) whose work has been exhibited in the most widely-renown international design fairs. Juan Pablo has been accepted into the DDes program at Harvard GSD.
José Hernández Vargas
Architect and Master of Architecture from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. His specializations include computer modelling, fabrication and digital architecture theory. He has collaborated in exhibitions at the MAXXI museum in Rome (2013) the Pratt Institute (2013) the Architectural Association (2014), and with 'Monolith Controversies', Chilean pavilion at the 14th Venice architecture biennale (2014).
Paloma González Rojas
Architect and Master of Architecture, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Master in Design and Computation and PhD candidate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research is focused on the impact of the build environment on people's motion and digital fabrication for rapid prototyping.
José Miguel Armijo Vielma
Vice President. Settlements coordinator
Architect and Master of Architecture, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. His research interests include parametric modeling, material systems and digital fabrication. His professional experience includes a wide-range of consulting projects on architectural technology.
Alejandro Weiss Münchmeyer
Secretary-general & Finance Director. Material Systems & Food Systems coordinator
Architect and Master of Urban Design, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Certificate in Creativity and Innovation. His field of work includes everything from investment planning to designing mining settlements for more than 5,000 people in extreme environmental conditions in the north of Chile.