Animalesque is dedicated to knowledge production about the potential of architectural design as a stimulus for biodiversity.
Animalesque was initiated as part of the Architectural Association (AA) School Visiting School Programme in 2017. The Berlin based Animalesque team exists of architects and designers Jorge Godoy Roman, Ana Zatezalo Schenk, Sjoerd Krijnen and Florentin Steininger. Together they have 80+ years of work experience in architecture, urban planning and design & build, as well as in research and teaching at educational institutes around the globe. Sharing a deep passion for the natural world and teaching they started collaborating under the umbrella of the Animalesque Visiting School since November 2017.
Jorge Godoy Roman
Architect, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso. March A ADRL, Architectural Association, London. Founding partner of GUN Architects and Animalesque. His work focuses in cohabitation and inter-species design. Since 2008, he has worked as visiting teacher and researcher at the AA, TU Berlin, London Metropolitan University, IA AC, Centro de Estudios Urbanos Torcuato di Tella and Universidad Federico Santa María.
Ana Zatezalo Schenk
Architect, Ecole d’Architecture UP1, Paris. Master of Science AAD, Columbia University, New York Master in Economics, HEC, Paris. Founder of Sinestezia Architecture studio and Founding Partner of Animalesque. Her work focuses on cohabitation, multi species design through multisensory approach. Since she moved to Berlin in 2014, she has worked as visiting teacher and researcher at the AA, TU Braunschweig and TU Berlin.
Architect, TU Delft. In the Netherlands he worked on the design and realization of buildings and structures that are deeply rooted into the Dutch land- and waterscapes. In India he was teaching and advising at NIA in Mangalore, with a focus on nature, climate responsive design and local building crafts. Currently he works in Den Haag as a mobility planner, and is connected as a visiting teacher with the AA, TU Delft and NIA Mangalore.
Architect TU-Berlin. Founding partner of S.T.I.F.F design. Florentin ventured into an experimental design practice of conceptualizing and self-implementing. Remixing of techniques and materials, sampling inspirations from ancient & pop culture and as a prime source from the micro & macro cosmos of the natural world combined with tackling fabrication processes hands on shape the matrix for a practice of explorative making.
The Animalesque methodology is based on inclusion, sensorial immersion, embodied learning and dissemination, instrumentalized through workshops, seminars and the design and construction of physical prototypes. Exhibiting and developing the work within the context of art festivals and exhibition spaces allows for curating and presenting the discourse and work to a broad audience in an engaging way.
Using exhibitions as the main form of knowledge production and mediation has proven to be attractive to a wide range of expertises. Bringing together various perspectives and forms of art constructs a fertile field for pollination and it stimulates inter- and transdisciplinary collaborations.
As part of this interdisciplinary approach, Animalesque has collaborated with a large range of practitioners coming from the fields of arts, natural sciences, philosophy and structural engineering. Over the last three years, prominent researchers and practitioners engaging biodiversity concerns such as Erika Mayr, Emanuele Coccia, Charles Coleman, Jan Wurm, Ricardo de Ostos and Raoul Bunschoten have generously taken part in various projects run by Animalesque.