Michel da Costa Gonçalves   Nathalie Rozencwajg
DPLG (Hons.), AA EmTech, ARB   AA Diploma, RIBA
Director   Director
After studying in France and Spain, Michel da Costa Gonçalves graduated in architecture with honours from ENSAPL in France. He later completed a Masters degree in Emergent Technologies & Design at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London before co-founding RARE, an office for research, architecture and experimentation. Michel previously worked with Shigeru Ban in Paris, as project manager for the new Pompidou Centre Art Museum. He was also project manager for Architecture Studio on projects in China, Greece and Saudi Arabia (Rotterdam Architecture Biennale 2004 selection). He is Codirector and author of the urban living book series "Villes" (Edition Autrement). Publications include articles in AA Files, Tank and a contribution on evolutionary computing as part of Springer Verlage, Natural Series. In addition to practice, he is Unite Master at the Architectural Association in London.
After graduating from the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, Nathalie Rozencwajg has worked with Erick van Egeraat and Architecture Studio on projects in London, Beijing, Athens and Mecca. She is cofounder of RARE, based in Paris and London. Projects, integrating new conception and production modes throughout different design scales, range from objects exhibited at the Milan Fair to larger scale developments in London and Asia while also including various housing projects in France and a footbridge in Dorset. In addition to practice, she has been Unit Master at the Architectural Association since 2004 where she teaches a studio together with Michel da Costa Gonçalves. Over the last few years she has organised and run a series of workshops, both in the UK and Singapore. Lecturing worldwide, Nathalie has been commended as emerging women architect by the AJ award in 2012.
Over the last few years, Michel has developed a number of projects with high profile engineering constraints. His interest in the integration of digital modelling and production tools in both the design and construction phases has contributed to the practice's innovative approach and cost-effective bespoke solutions.   Nathalie brings a knowledge and experience of overseas associations and collaborative teamwork. Her education and subsequent work experiences in the UK contributes a knowledge of local conditions and construction methodologies, with a strong emphasis on sustainable and integrated design resolutions.
Michel da Costa Gonçalves and Nathalie Rozencwajg are teaching as Unit Masters of Intermediate 4 at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London.
Nathalie Rozencwajg is commended as Emerging Women Architects Award AJ
Michel da Costa Gonçalves is co-director and author of the urban living book series "Villes" (Edition Autrement).
The Building Centre's exhibition "Spans" featured the Crossing project, a bridge completed in Dorset, by students from the Architectural Association with co-coordination by Nathalie Rozencwajg.