Pedro Varela


Pedro de Azambuja Varela is an architect graduated in architecture at FAUP (Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto) in 2006. After working in Vienna and New York, he started his Ph.D. studies at FAUP in 2008 researching knowledge in the area of architecture design and computation.

In 2012 he creates the company AZVAvisuals promoting innovative work in graphic and web design, programming, image manipulation and advanced 3D modeling and rendering. He is currently a University of Porto active researcher in digital architecture at the DFL (Digital Fabrication Laboratory) and a partner in Studio Toggle from 2016.

Ashlon Frank

Ashlon Frank obtained his B. Arch from the University of Bangalore, in 2015. He did his internship at Charles Correa Foundation, where he worked on community projects of different typologies that aimed at enhancing the conditions of urban, rural and historic settlements in Goa, India. He later went on to work in an architecture firm (in Bangalore, India) where he gained experience in design development, detailing and coordination of projects in the public and private sector. He also initiated, documented and worked on private projects that were focused on the vernacular architecture of his home town, Mangalore.

In 2017, he was granted a scholarship to Japan by the Tadao Ando Foundation to learn about traditional and contemporary Art and Architecture of Japan. During the course of his scholarship, he interned for a brief period at Takenaka Corporation in Osaka. Ashlon joined Studio Toggle in 2018.