Founders

Charlotte Skene-Catling

Co-Founder & Co-Director

Charlotte is an architect and director of the architectural practice Skene Catling de la Peña. She uses research as a basis for design, with a particular interest in the borders between architecture and other disciplines. Charlotte has written about architecture in The Burlington, The Sunday Telegraph, The Architectural Review and ARCH+. She collaborated with Malcolm McLaren on film scripts and has made architectural films that have been shown in festivals around the world. She ran a post-graduate architecture unit at the Royal College of Art for five years and taught at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany. She is an Ambassador for the London School of Architecture, and is currently completing a research project with the Royal College of Art and the Rothschild Foundation on representation in architecture. Her practice has won numerous awards and has been extensively published internationally. She was shortlisted for the 2016 AR Women in Architecture award, and was named a Debrett’s 500 People of Influence in Architecture & Design in 2016 and ‘17.

Manuel Toledo-Otaegui

Co-Founder & Co-Director

Manuel is an industrial designer and cultural producer. He studied Design and Public Space at the Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands. He works in the development of cultural, architectural and design projects within his practices Toledotaegui and Trekken Design Studio. He has worked as an independent designer as well as for institutions such as TU Delft in the development of the first sustainable house in The Netherlands and for the Urban-Think Tank in Zurich and Caracas on architecture projects in India and The Netherlands.
In 2012 he co-organized the Arqfilmfest in Santiago, Chile, the first architecture film festival of Chile and Latin America. He continues to co-run this festival, which has now reached its third successful edition, and has grown with each iteration. As President of the Encuentros 2015 conference in Rotterdam, that gathers the largest international network of Chilean researchers, entrepreneurs and professionals abroad to discuss the sustainable future of Chile. Manuel’s work searches, explores and deepen new international interactions in the areas of culture and creative industries.