OOIIO is an international team of architects, designers and engineers engaged in finding this special “I don’t know what it is” that makes a work unique, exciting and able to transmit sensations.
OOIIO’s creative process is completely open and random. When the team starts a project, they never know how exactly it will end. That’s why they introduce countless stimulus and references throughout the design process.
This constant search for poetical links to architecture makes the architects look at the world with open eyes and helps them to make each of their projects unique and outstanding.
About Joaquín Millán Villamuelas
Joaquín is the founder and director of OOIIO. He holds a Master of Architecture from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, where he is pursuing a PhD in Architectural Design. He is a member of the Architects Registration Board (ARB) in the UK and of the Architectural Association of Spain—Castilla La Mancha (COACM) and Madrid (COAM). He is currently involved in Academia by teaching at the Superior Technical School of Architecture of Madrid. He has also lectured at the Royal Institute of Technology of Stockholm. His professional career prior to OOIIO was developed manly designing mix used large-scale projects in the USA, the Middle East and Europe and developing theoretical research about the Classics of the History of Modern Architecture.
In the last 15 years Joaquín has been travelling to many countries, studying different cultures and working with some of the most influential architects such as the Pritzker Prize architects Norman Foster and Rem Koolhaas. Thanks to these experiences he understood the advantages of a multicultural approach to reality and uncovered new levels of social interactions due to virtual communications and the general functioning of a fully globalized world.
This international experience contrast and adds up to the fact that he grew up in a rural environment where he learned about life in small communities, the importance of the relationship between mankind and nature and about the possibilities of rethinking vernacular architecture by applying it to the new lifestyle of the 21st century.