Alicia Nahmad

Alicia Nahmad


Phone: (+44)7599 706825

Dr Alicia Nahmad is the founder of Architecture Extrapolated. Her PhD thesis focused on exploring Human – Robot collaborative design workflows through feedback loops and generative design methodologies. She is also a course master at the Architectural Association Design Research Laboratory Master’s programme. Alicia is an architect who explores design through the integration of materials and technology in relation to context specific environments. For this purpose she has been engaged with the digitization of building trades in Mexico and the adaptation of digital design and fabrication methods to incorporate the wisdom and craft of traditional building cultures.

As an Artist -In- Residence at Autodesk Pier 9, Alicia developed novel collaborative architectural design processes at the intersection between designers, phase-changing materials and digital design and fabrication methods.Through machine learning she enabled robot, material and designer to be creative partners.

Her work has been published and presented at various events including UK Construction Week, TxA, IJAC, IASS, Acadia 2010 – 2019, London Festival of Architecture, Worlds Architects Congress and different digital based media. She has also taught design-fabrication workshops and delivered lectures on related topics at institutions such as UNAM Mexico, IAAC Barcelona, KADK Copenhagen, Tec de Monterrey Mexico, Belas Artes Sao Paulo, PUC Rio de Janeiro, Hunan University Changsha, AA visiting school Brazil, India and China. Alicia has been an invited critic at various institutions in the US, Mexico and UK.

Previously she worked with the specialist parametric design group at Populous and has accumulated design and construction experience in various practices including Zaha Hadid Architects and Grupo Inmobiliario Altiva, Mexico.

Alicia received a Master of Architecture and Urbanism from the Architectural Association Design Research Laboratory (AADRL 2010) in London and a bachelor of Architecture from Tec de Monterrey (2005) in Mexico City.

Full credits


ZHCODE: Filippo Nassetti, David Reeves, Marko Margeta, Shajay Bhooshan, Patrik Schumacher
BRG: Mariana Popescu, Matthias Rippmann, Tom Van Mele, Philippe Block

KnitCrete technology

BRG: Mariana Popescu, Tom Van Mele, Philippe Block
Chair of Physical Chemistry of Building Materials, ETH Zurich: Lex Reiter, Robert Flatt

Fabrication and construction

BRG: Mariana Popescu, Matthias Rippmann, Alessandro Dell’Endice, Cristian Calvo Barentin, Nora Ravanidou
R-Ex: Alicia Nahmad Vazquez, Horacio Bibiano Vargas, Jose Manuel Diaz Sanchez, Asunción Zúñiga, Agustín Lozano Álvarez, Migue Juárez Antonio, Filiberto Juárez Antonio, Daniel Piña, Daniel Celin, Carlos Axel Pérez Cano, José Luis Naranjo Olivares, Everardo Hernández, Ramiro Tena.

Structural engineering

BRG: Andrew Liew, Tom Van Mele

Concrete development

Holcim Mexico: Jose Alfredo Rodriguez, Carlos Eduardo Juarez, Delia Peregrina Rizo

Site construction coordination

R-Ex: Alicia Nahmad Vazquez


ETH Zurich
NCCR Digital Fabrication
Zaha Hadid Architects
Steiger Participations SA
Holcim Mexico
Imerys Aluminates
Boston Consulting Group

Special thanks

Grupo Altiva
UNAM Arquitectura