Sergio Montero Bravo
- Who we are
Sergio Montero Bravo, Interior Architect and Furniture Designer MFA and Senior Lecturer at KONSTFACK, University of Art, Craft and Design. He was was born in 1980 in Antofagasta, northern Chile. He moved to Norrköping, Sweden with his parents in 1986 and has for as long as he can remember been interested in the art of making. After his preparatory art and design studies in Florence, Italy, and a bachelor’s degree in spatial design in Rome. He was later employed by an architecture office in the same city. Among other things, he became involved in the design of the new Metro stations for Red Line A. In 2006 he returned to Sweden and settled in Stockholm where he took his master’s degree in Interior Architecture & Furniture Design at Konstfack. Since then he has pursued his own practice, and participated in a number of collaborative projects.
Today, his practice evolves through pedagogy, art, design and architecture with an interest in how the profession and education can handle current issues that affect how the planet is affected by the interiors, spaces and environments we inhabit in every day life. The focus of his teaching and work often circles around how different perspectives can be included in the art of making and develop ideas that address a current issue.
‘The ability to move the learning environment to different places, and different contexts is a driving force in my practice and educational approach. To me, it’s a way to include more perspectives in the artistic methods we use. To work with a social and ecological commitment, we need to broaden thedesign process in close dialogue with other practitioners about different areas of knowledge, about materials, prevailing norms, power dynamics, intersectionality etc. It requires that we engage where the experience exists ’
Methods to actively include others and each other in the design process are important in many of his projects and courses. Through collaborations with municipalities, organizations, companies and institutions in different places and in various contexts he has explored current social issues with students and colleagues. Examples of courses where Sergio has used their training methods in active practice with the students include the planning and construction of a training center for Ebola at Karolinska Hospital in Stockholm. Another example is a course held in southern Italy where he, with the cooperative Casa Delle Agriculture and the Inland.org network, explores architecture and design, from and for the rural. With the students, they built on-site architecture for animals using natural degradable materials. In one of his latest courses, Master students collaborate through Vandalorum in Värnamo with different industries from the Gnosjö region, where their waste material becomes new materiality when students explore circular economics.