ArcIntex ETN Ph.D. students at Nida Art Colony

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31st of August‒30th of September five Ph.D. students, who are taking part in ArcIntex ETN (European training network) program, are residents in VAA Nida Art Colony. In the end of residency time, artists will present their group project.


MarinaMarina Castan Cabrero
(Royal College of Art, London)

Marina Castán is a textile designer by background and carries out research in smart textiles focusing on the importance of the body as a core center of the design process. Castán has an MA in New Media Art Curating from ESDi- MECAD, Ramon Llull University (2013), a Postgraduate in Design and Innovation from the Elisava School of Design, Pompeu Fabra University (2008) and a Bachelor in Textile Design from ESDi Design School, Ramon Llull University (2005).  Before joining the ArcInTex project, she was researcher and professor at Textile and Fashion Department in the ESDi Design School (Ramon Llull University) in Barcelona.

 In her aim for the ArcInTex project to explore the possibilities of the smart textiles within the Architecture field, Castán is interested in how the adaptive and responsive system is understood as a structure-space that is sensitive to some external stimuli, interacting actively with its surrounding. It can interact at different levels, micro-macro, modifying and shaping the experience to inhabit that space by suggesting new affordances that lead us to new ways of interacting with the urban settings.


Daniel Suarez cv picDaniel Suárez
(UDK Berlin)

Daniel Suarez is an architectural designer from Spain currently undertaking his Ph.D. as an ArcInTexETN research fellow at Berlin University of Arts (UdK), where he investigates textile structures for adaptable and responsive architecture.

He graduated from Madrid Polytechnic University in 2004 with an MA in Architecture and Urban Planning and he has also been trained as CG Architect. He gained professional experience working for the international architecture practice as Toyo Ito Spain Associates Architects among others. In 2004 he founded the architectural visualization firm Bounced Light Studios with Jose Corraliza and Mabel Toledo. The main goal was to provide 3D services to other architectural and engineering firms. During the last years, Daniel has also participated in various architectural competitions and international projects. 


 Iva Resetar PhotoIva Resetar
(UDK Berlin)                                 

Iva Resetar  is an architect and an ArcInTex ETN research fellow at Berlin University of Arts, where she investigates textile structures for adaptable and responsive architecture. Iva has a professional degree in architecture from Technical University of Belgrade with a specialization in sustainable architectural design. Continuing her education at Städelschule in Frankfurt, she received the Master of Arts in Advanced Architectural Design in the class of Prof. van Berkel. Her studies were supported by a scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). 

Iva gained professional experience working both independently and for offices in Belgrade and Germany on competition design and planning of number of projects involving digital modelling and fabrication techniques (1st prize in the international competition for the Extension of the Städel Museum in Frankfurt, 1st prize in the competition for the bridge over Koblenzer Strasse in Mainz, both at Schneider+Schumacher in Frankfurt). For her research on inhabitable textiles, she received a residency fellowship at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart.


 BastianBastian Beyer
(Royal College of Art, London)

Bastian Beyer is in the Textiles program at Royal College of Art, London. B. Beyer studied Architecture in Munich and Berlin. He graduated from Berlin University of Arts in 2015. Throughout his work, he experiments with innovative manufacturing methods and their relation to specific design tasks. For his Diploma, he investigated the use of renewable compound materials and possible applications within architecture. Questioning modern materials and their intensive use of energy and resources he developed a solar powered manufacturing method for biodegradable building components. For this work, he received the Max Taut Prize of the Berlin University of Arts 2015.


JyotiJyoti Kapur
(University of Borås)

Jyoti Kapur, 1973 born in India. She is a knitwear designer and has been working in the fashion industry since 1996. She has had her formal education (Bachelors) in textiles with a specialization (Masters) in knitwear at NIFT, New Delhi, India. She started her career in the knitwear industry in Ludhiana also called as “Manchester of India” aka knitwear industrial city. In 2002 she moved to Europe and studied in Germany, she graduated with a Best Graduate Prize from VDI- 2005, Baden Wuerttemberg and a prize for Outstanding Achievement of a foreign Student from DAAD-2004. She holds a Masters Degree in Textile and Clothing Technology from FH-Reutlingen/FH-Albstadt-Ebingen. With her vast knitwear knowledge and experience she joined as the lead Designer for the acclaimed knitting machine manufacturer, Stoll GmbH Germany in their Shanghai, ChinaDesignCenter. Later she moved to Zurich, Switzerland to continue her passion for knitwear fashion. Parallel to that she studied part-time at the Zurich University of Arts, where she graduated with a Master of Arts in Trans-Disciplinarity.

Currently she is a PhD Researcher at the SwedishSchool of Textiles, University of Borås under the ArcInTex program. Her research is focusing on smells at the intersection between textiles, architectural spaces, and interaction.




The ArcInTex European Training Network (ETN) aims to strengthen the foundations of design for more sustainable forms of living by connecting architecture, interaction design and textiles in a training network for early stage researchers. By deepening the connections between textile, architecture, and interaction design the network will explore new expressions of living in an age of technological innovations through the design of adaptive and responsive environments connecting the scales of the body, the interior, and the building.