Somatic: of the body; bodily; physical. Of, relating to, or affecting the body
Somatic Collaborative is a research based full service design practice, which focuses on a speculative approach to architecture, landscape and urbanism, and engages a diverse set of spatial contexts and design procedures. Cutting across multiple scales—from interior furnishings to open territories—Somatic uses the architectural commission, design competitions, and diverse forms of applied research as conduits that facilitate an inventive construction of space.
Somatic, has developed design projects and consultancies with the public and private sector in multiple cities and regions across the globe, including Mexico City, New Orleans, Quito, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Seoul among many others.
Anthony Acciavatti is a founding Partner at Somatic Collaborative.
Acciavatti is an architect, historian, and cartographer. His research draws on his interdisciplinary training in architecture, cartography, developmental social sciences, and the humanities to interrogate the human environment, with a focus on scientific models of settlement and land use management in South Asia and the Americas.
His book, Ganges Water Machine: Designing New India’s Ancient River (awarded the 2016 John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize), is a dynamic atlas of the Ganges River basin—the first such comprehensive atlas in half a century—based on a decade of fieldwork and archival research begun as a Fulbright Fellow in 2005. His account of irrigation, geography, population, and climate is the basis of a traveling exhibition that has appeared in museums and biennials, with two more exhibitions planned in New Delhi and New York by the end of 2016.
Acciavatti’s research has been supported by grants and fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Princeton University, and his work on the Ganges by a J. William Fulbright Fellowship as well as grants and fellowships from the Ford Foundation and Harvard University.
Acciavatti is a founding editor of Manifest: A Journal of American Architecture and Urbanism. His work has been published in the New York Times, Cabinet, Architectural Design, Topos, The Indian Express, and Bracket.
He currently teaches at Columbia University in the City of New York.
Felipe Correa is a founder and managing Partner of Somatic Collaborative. Through Somatic Collaborative Correa has directed a wide range of applied research and design projects across multiple spatial contexts in the Americas, Asia and Europe.
He is currently Associate Professor and Director of the Urban Design Degree Program at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD). At Harvard he also directs the South America Project, a trans-continental applied research network that proactively endorses the role of design within rapidly transforming geographies of the South American Continent. Correa is the author of multiple books including “Beyond the City: Resource Extraction Urbanism in South America (University of Texas Press, 2016), “Mexico City: Between Geometry and Geography “(Applied Research and Design Publishing, 2015) and “A Line in the Andes” (Applied Research and Design Publishing 2014) which won first prize at the Pan American Architecture Biennale.
In addition, he has lectured and exhibited at many universities and conferences, including Cornell University, Columbia University, Tulane University, University of Pennsylvania, Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador, The National Arts Club, and the Pan-American Architecture Biennale, among others. His work, research, and writings have been published in journals, including Architectural Design, Architectural Record, Harvard Design Magazine Topos and Volume.
Correa received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Tulane University, and his Master of Architecture in Urban Design from the GSD.
James Carse joined Somatic Collaborative as a partner in 2016, after working with TEN Arquitectos in New York and serving as an advisor to the American Planning Association’s International Outreach Program.
At Somatic Collaborative James oversees the development of urban planning frameworks and policy that supports the development of regulatory guidelines. In addition he leads the architectural design team with a focus on the integration of building systems and construction technology in creating buildings as sustainable infrastructure.
James has served as a consultant to the American Planning Association on demonstration planning projects throughout China ranging from new town developments to cultural preservation plans. At TEN Arquitectos he acted as the lead designer and manager on award winning projects that sought to reimagine the way we live, work and create while giving form to the infrastructure to support these processes.
He has taught both studios and seminars in Architecture, Urban Design, and Urban Planning at Columbia University, Tulane University, Catholic University, and Cornell University. He has served as a guest critic at Harvard, RISD, Tulane, Hong Kong University, Columbia, CCNY, and Cornell. James currently teaches Regional Urban Design at Columbia University.
He received his Master of Architecture in Urban Design degree with Distinction from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Tulane University. He is an NCARB licensed architect - registered in NY and FL, certified planner, and an accredited LEED Professional.