Edouard Cabay

Edouard Cabay has been developing Machinic Protocols since 2015, the research uses automated drawing techniques in order to explore notions of indeterminacy and chance in space. The research has been carried mainly in the domain of architectural academia yet strongly engages with other fields such as computational design, digital technologies, drawing as a representative mean, calligraphy and cartography.

He is an architect and professor of architecture. He founded and currently directs Appareil, an experimental architectural office in Barcelona. He teaches, as senior faculty, at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia where he also co-directs the Open Thesis Fabrication program. He has taught experimental design studios at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, at the Ecole Speciale d’Architecture in Paris and at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.


The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) is a center for research, education, production and outreach, with the mission of envisioning the future habitat of our society and building it in the present. IAAC follows the digital revolution at all scales (from bits to geography, from micro-controllers to cities, from materials to the territory) to expand the boundaries of architecture and design and meet the challenges faced by humanity. IAAC is an experimental and experiential center where one learns by doing, through a test methodology that promotes real solutions.


Appareil is a versatile architectural practice in Barcelona located in the design and innovation business district of the @22. Grouping a team of multidisciplinary and international profiles; composed predominantly of architects, it explores architecture and construction as a discipline in which making is central, embracing new design technologies and craft.

In recent years, the office has completed design missions for small-scale refurbishments and furniture, domestic scale projects, public equipment and large scale oversee developments.

Appareil´s experimental practice combines computational design and fabrication with creative actions, having hosted several exhibitions and installations. Involved in academia, the members of the firm teach in several European universities, as well as run advanced architectural workshops across the world.