People

Directors and Senior Associates

Ali Mangera, MEng Dip Arch RIBA 
Director

Ali Mangera is an Architect and Engineer. Ali studied structural and environmental engineering at The University of Leeds, England before completing a Master’s Degree at Penn State University, USA. Ali then studied architecture at The Architecture Association London and he has worked at SOM, Chicago and at Zaha Hadid, London on several key projects including The Sterling Prize winning The MAXXI Centre for Contemporary Arts, Rome. Ali is now a Director and co-founder of MYAA and he has worked on major projects including The Award Winning Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies at Education City, Doha, a Ferry Terminal in Istanbul, a Cultural buildings in London, the redevelopment of a Waterfront city in Algeria, an Airport in Indonesia, The City of Culture on Hainan Island, China. Ali and a The World Cup Stadia.

Ali has lectured and participated in symposiums at leading institutions including University College London, The Architecture Association, Cambridge University, ETSAB Barcelona, King Saud University, Columbia University New York, HBKU University and The Hong Kong Design Institute. Ali has worked as a Board Member of Architecture and Design Scotland and is now a Building Environment Expert for The UK Design Council /CABE.

Ada Yvars Bravo, COAC 
Director

Ada Yvars Bravo studied architecture at ETSAB, Barcelona. Ada has worked at Carlos Ferrater, Barcelona and Stirling Prize winning architect David Chipperfield Architects, London where she was responsible for The Francis Bacon Studio, London, The MACLA office building, Barcelona and The Rothschild’s House, New York.

Ada is a co-founder of MYAA and has worked on The Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies at Education City, Doha, The Msheireb Phase 3 project, Doha, The Jeddah Creek Mega project, KAND Smart Eco City, KA Sports City, The Ministry of Justice Law Court Building, Jeddah, The Al Khobar Tower and The Kensington and Chelsea Amenity building. Ada’s more recent work includes strategic overview of Rail and Infrastructure Projects, Cultural and Faith, and a World Cup Stadia. Ada was recently shortlisted for The Architectural Review Moira Gemmill Emerging Woman Architect of Year 2017.

Artur Arias, COAC
Senior Associate

Artur studied architecture at Barcelona ETSAB. Since graduating, Arturo has worked on public buildings, housing and commercial projects in Europe.  Artur’s more recent responsibilities at MYAA include major infrastructure projects in the MENA region including Rail and Transport Orientated Development as well as Sports and World Cup Stadia and mixed use developments.

Artur has excellent delivery capabilities particularly suited to large target driven fastrack projects.

Rafa Cos, COAC
Senior Associate

Rafa Cos has significant experience in the delivery of public and private residential projects working with investors and development partners in Europe, South America and North Africa. Rafa is currently leading the delivery stage of a new hilltop village with bespoke community housing overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. He is also working with institutions in the development of Smart Technology and Materials as part of MYAA’s ongoing research into the application of digital fabrication.

Olga Duque, COAC
Senior Associate

Olga is a highly experienced architect but is also a trained psychologist specializing in human spatial awareness. Olga is a core member of the MYAA team and her unique skills in spatial awareness, perception and psychology of spatial design have been put to good use in the design and development of Health and Wellness Projects, Community led development and Placemaking.

More recently, Olga is responsible strategies related to the design of multi-stakeholder Public Realm in several cities around the world. Olga’s interpersonal skills and team management also enables her to build successful teams and deliver outstanding Public Space.

Eva Serra, MSLA
Senior Associate

Eva Serra studied architecture at the Polytechnic University of Catalunya (ETSAB) and an MSLA at UW Madison-WI gaining an honours. Eva won the National Geographic US Award in and she then worked as a senior planner in Dane County, USA obtaining the US SMART CITIES Award. As a landscape urban planner, Eva provides both vision and pragmatic design to city-scale projects around the world.

Eva also worked for Arata Isozaki on the Olympic Stadium in Barcelona, and The City of Barcelona Regional plan with Josep Acebillo, leading to major strategic projects and masterplanning for Barcelona and its region.

Eva led MYAA the Urban Planning and Landscape strategies for The KAND Smart Eco City project, which is a new city suburb for 500,000 residents. Eva also worked as MYAA’s Chief Planner and Urban Designer for the Jeddah North Creek, Tangiers Waterfront, Mostaganem Waterfront and Istanbul Waterfront schemes.

Associates and Project Leads

Sergi Zapatero, COAC, Architect
Sergi Zapatero studied architecture at The Polytechnic University of Catalunya ETSAB. At MYAA Sergi has worked on a range of projects focusing on emerging markets and the MENA. Sergi’s recent work includes managing and coordinating the 92km2 KAND Smart Eco City, The 220,000m2 Jeddah Creek, Doha City Centre Phase3, and a World Cup Stadia project. Sergi also has extensive hands on delivery experience working with integrated and cross platform AE systems.

Aron Biro, Architect
Áron Biro studied at YBL University faculty of Architecture, Budapest (SZIE) and completed an Advanced Architecture Masters at IAAC Barcelona.  Áron has worked in Nante, France and is now based in MYAA Barcelona. Áron currently coordinates building envelope and façade teams at MYAA and he is working on the design and implementation of key projects including an Academy building, a new Ministry of Environment Building Headquarters and a Bank Headquarters Building.

 

Zorana Melovic, Phd DEA, Dipl.Eng.Arch, PMC
Zorana completed her studies in 2005 at the University of Belgrade and obtained her PhD DEA degree in 2008 at the Polytechnic University of Catalunya (ETSAB). She is an Architect with extensive experience of large scale projects and buildings with special security demands. Her work ranges from Masterplanning, to the design of Offices and Residential Towers, Embassies and Mosques. Zorana has significant delivery experience on mega projects in the Middle East where she worked as design coordinator for MYAA and Turner Construction. Key projects Zorana has worked on include Jeddah Creek, Msheireb Downtown Doha Phase 3, Musaffah Gardens Abu Dhabi. Her current role is Project Management and Design Coordination

Victor Aylagas, Lead Interiors, COAC, Architect
Víctor Aylagas studied Architecture at ETSAB in Barcelona and Visual Merchandiser in CSM in London. Víctor leads MYAA’s Interior Design team and has experience working for celebrity clients, fashion brands, hotel and retail projects as well as luxury promotions. Victor now heads manages several client.

 

Gonzalo Garriga, Architect
Gonzalo has many years of experience on education projects including the design of schools and learning centres. Gonzalo has also worked on luxury and mixed use commercial projects in South America, Europe and the Middle East. Gonzalo is currently a BIM Research leader and Parametric Design coordinator on Rail and Infrastructure Projects.

Ivan Gascón, COAC, Architect
Ivan Gascón studied architecture at ETSAB in Barcelona. Ivan currently coordinates MYAA’s digital design and fabrication and is instrumental in the optimization of Sport and Stadia Projects 

Jose Acosta, Architect
Jose studied architecture at ETSAG. At MYAA Jose is coordinating a cultural project for in London as well as providing strategic support for building systems and processes. 

Marzena Hulboj
Marzena obtained her BA Hons degree at London University and has significant experience in Digital Marketing platforms. At MYAA London, Marzena helps lead Practice Management, with oversight of MYAA’s Quality and Environmental Management Systems, Digital Marketing and Strategic Development.