Xavier Vilalta is the founder and director of Vilalta Arquitectura, and despite his youth, he is already a distinguished international architect specializing in sustainability and innovation. His work combines leading edge technology with local resources and culture to create contemporary designs that suit their environment.
Before his firm gained eminence, he was an associate professor at ETSAB, Barcelona's School of Architecture, where he taught design and mentored graduate projects.
Various institutions worldwide have recognized Xavier’s innovation in the architecture and among his awards is the Young Architect of the Year at the LEAF Awards in 2008. In 2011, he became a Fellow of TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design), becoming the first Spaniard to receive this award and to be a lecturer at the annual conference in California.
He has been invited to lecture at events such as TED Global in Scotland, Fundação Galouste Gulbenkian in Portugal, and Commercial Real Estate Week in Kazakhstan. He has also collaborated with global brands such as Porsche Automobil and Oliberte Footwear as a keynote speaker and brand ambassador.
For the Ebenezer Chapel project, Xavier was an obvious choice as Lead Architect. He has brought together a pre-eminent team and will coordinate with each of the members so that the project is cohesive and moves forward strategically and tactically. His office is across the street from Gaudi's Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, so he has daily access to inspiration.
“I love working hand-in-hand with Mark [Boone], who’s a visionary developer, and this group of engineers who are the very best in their class. Through this project, we hope to make the space of God appear. It’s already there and this Chapel will tell people how we were living in the beginning of the 21st century, what we believed and how we were able to build such a space.”
Driven by his own spirituality and passion for architecture and nature, Xavier brings all the elements together both personally and professionally. When not working, he loves sports, any activity that brings him to the middle of nature - especially the beach and submerging into culture - be it popular or artistic.