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Dr Daniel Fernández Pascual


  • Daniel Fernández Pascual
  • Area

    School of Architecture


    Visiting Lecturer, ADS3

  • Dr Daniel Fernández Pascual is a Tutor in the School of Architecture at the Royal College of Art. Together with Alon Schwabe, he runs ADS3. The studio critically investigates the challenges of offsetting and the financialisation of the environment in order to seek alternative models of cohabitation between humans and other-than-humans.

  • Biography

  • Daniel Fernández Pascual holds an MArch from ETSA Madrid, MSc Urban Design from TU Berlin, MArch from Tongji University Shanghai and a PhD from the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths University of London. Since 2013 he runs Cooking Sections with Alon Schwabe. 

  • Practice

  • Cooking Sections (Daniel Fernández Pascual & Alon Schwabe) is a duo of spatial practitioners based out of London. It was born to explore the systems that organise the world through food. Using installation, performance, mapping and video, their research-based practice explores the overlapping boundaries between visual arts, architecture and geopolitics. Since 2015, they are working on multiple iterations of the long-term site-specific CLIMAVORE project exploring how to eat as climate changes. In 2016 they opened The Empire Remains Shop, a platform to critically speculate on the implications of selling the remains of Empire today.    

  • External collaborations

  • Cooking Sections has recently been shortlisted for the 2019 Future Generation Art Prize, the Visible Award, the Scottish Rural Awards and the Innovation category of the Nature of Scotland Award. They have also received a number of grants from: Graham Foundation (2018), Arts Council England (2016), Keir Foundation (2016), AC/E (2014–2016), Jumex Contemporary Art Foundation Research Grant (2015), The World Justice Fund (2013) and nomination for the Tulip Human Rights Award (2013).

  • Publications, exhibitions and other outcomes


    Fernández Pascual, D. & Schwabe, A. (2018), Cooking Sections, The Empire Remains ShopNew York: Columbia Books on Architecture and the City, Columbia University Press.

    Fernández Pascual, D. & Schwabe, A. (2018), CLIMAVORE: What Is Above Is What Is Below. Architectural Review.

    Fernández Pascual, D. & Schwabe, A. (2017), The Offsettede-flux, Positions.

    Fernández Pascual, D. & Schwabe, A. (2017), 'The “Next ‘Invasive’ Is ‘Native’” in (Ed.) Danilo Mandic, Caterina Nirta, Andrea Pavoni, Law and the Senses: Taste. London: Westminster University Press.

    Fernández Pascual, D. & Schwabe, A. (2016) ‘A Piece written from somewhere in the Venetian Lagoon, a place where Murano Glass Masters, Carriers of the secret of transparency, were not allowed to leave the Republic of Venezia’ in: Julian Charriere, Julius Von Bismarck & Eric Ellingsen (eds), Some Pigeons Are More Equal Than Others, Zurich: Lars Müller

    Fernández Pascual, D. & Schwabe, A. (2015) ‘Architecture Inspirited: Mies in Bermuda Pants’, Avery Review – A Periodical on Critical Essays on Architecture, 8, MayColumbia University GSAPP. Available here

    Fernández Pascual, D. & Schwabe, A. (2014), ‘Dietary Confinement’, Displacements Journal, 1

    Modelling Kivalina (2014), ‘The Coming Storm’ in: Forensic Architecture (ed.), Forensis: The Architecture of Public Truth. Berlin and New York: Sternberg Press


    Cooking Sections was part of the exhibition at the U.S. Pavilion, 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. Their work has also been exhibited at Manifesta12, Palermo; Lafayette Anticipations, Paris; Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery, Columbia University, New York; Serpentine Galleries, London; Castello di Rivoli, Turin; 13th Sharjah Biennial; Atlas Arts, Skye; OK Video, Jakarta; Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin; Storefront for Art & Architecture, New York; Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam; Peggy Guggenheim Collection; HKW Berlin; Akademie der Künste, Berlin; 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale; Brussels ParckDesign; Delfina Foundation, London. 


    Casa Wabi, Oaxaca, Mexico; U.S. Pavilion, Venice, Italy; Grand Union, Birmingham; Artspace Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand; The Morning Boat, Jersey; Headlands Center for the Arts, San Francisco; Samtidskunst Museet, Roskilde, Denmark; EIB International Development Fund, Luxembourg; CCA Creative Lab, Glasgow; Q21 MuseumsQuartier, Vienna; Fresh Milk, Barbados; The Politics of Food, Delfina Foundation, London.

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