ZAP&BUJ is a platform that works at the intersection between Architecture and Fashion from the experimentation in workshop with new materials and digital tools that make this approach possible. Our body is surrounded by various skins; our own skin, clothing, the walls of architecture, the buildings that surround us... etc. The application of technology opens up new possibilities for interaction between them. We should ask now ourselves how far they are able to approach...
Elena Zapico and Raquel Buj have a background as architects and fashion designers. In 2015, they met each other in postgraduate studies in Architecture, Fashion and Design at ETSAM. There they learnt tools such as parametric design and pattern making and began to unite interests. In 2016 they found ZAP&BUJ fashion and architecture and, after participating in several competitions, they won the Samsung Ego Innovation Project (September 2017 edition) and they became finalist of Vogue Who´s on next 2018. This same year they are selected to show their last collection at EGO-Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Madrid again. Nowadays they are preparing the Master New Skins: Smart Fabrics & Wearables at Innovation Lab-IED Madrid and developing specific proyects upon request.
Elena Zapico has professionally worked in the fashion world, collaborating with several designers of recognized prestige such as Sybilla and has extensive experience as coordinator of fashion shows. Raquel Buj has co-founded her own architecture studio with Pedro Colón de Carvajal, Buj+Colón Arquitectos, whose works have been awarded internationally and she has done Final Master Thesis in Advanced Architecture Projects on the relationship between architecture and fashion.