Knitknot architecture is an award-winning international collective based in New York and London. Founded in 2013, Knitknot has developed projects across different mediums and scales, combining practice with academia. After riots and political instability in Nicaragua, the collective was formed and they began to research earth construction techniques intended to assist in building schools in rural areas of Managua. Knitknot’s research project, “From prototype to type. A: Building-Manual for collaborative design,” aims to merge collective thinking with an investigation of construction systems, materials, and practice organization. It also works to improve upon the earthbag construction techniques that were used in El Jicarito School, taking into account the lack of accessible construction materials and tools, and incorporating more efficient responses to earthquake risks.
Knitknot members have taught and conducted research in Columbia GSAPP and Pratt Institute in New York, Princeton SoA in New Jersey, USC Los Angeles, the Bartlett in London and Akademie der Künste in Berlin. Their work has been published in magazines such as AVProyectos, Revista PLOT, MONU, Public Journal Design+Humanity and POST.
Knitknot is currently made up of Diana Cristobal Olave, Gonzalo J Lopez Garrido, Alfonso Simelio Jurado, and Tania Oramas Dorta.