GearCraft is an architectural design, construction and real estate consultancy firm based in Rotterdam specialized in carbon-neutral residential projects. We work on new and existing structures with a special focus on energy and sustainability aspects.
Our international background has awarded us with diverse and extensive expertise on concept development, construction design, building transformations, monument conservation and bioclimatic design. With every project we strive for an integrated process in which space, structure and systems come together to shape a regenerative urban future.
Who we are
Partner Juan F. Azcarate-Aguerre
Juan is an architect and building technologies engineer with academic and practical experience in Mexico, the USA, and the Netherlands. Between 2012 and 2014 he worked as BIM project coordinator at the headquarters of Gehry Technologies, in Los Angeles. He is currently PhD researcher at TU Delft, where he works on the integration of building technologies, façade engineering, and real estate development and management through the practical implementation of Circular Economy principles. He is also co-founder and managing partner at Gearcraft, a Rotterdam-based studio for building energy transformations, real estate investment, and property management.
Partner Matt Zarmpis
Matt is an engaged and enthusiastic designer with a tendency towards construction and a passion for heritage. He is most experienced in projects of historic preservation, building transformations and bio-climatic design with involvement from early research, through concept and design development to site supervision. He greatly values the significance of a diverse team of people that leads to integrated multidisciplinary design, which he finds essential for any project. He is always interested in new opportunities; experiences that result in valuable lessons for life, both personal and professional.
Partner Mira Conci
Mira has a Ba. in Architecture from University of Innsbruck, Austria, a M.Sc. in Building Technology for Sustainable Development from TU Delft, The Netherlands, and a PhD in Engineering from TU Darmstadt, Germany. She has more than 5 years of experience as coordinator of cross-sectoral strategies for the decarbonisation of the built environment and as architect of zero-energy buildings, during which she managed a team including large public and private stakeholders to create a shared project assessment method based on the trade-off between economic and environmental lifecycle impact evaluation. She also has multi-year expertise as lecturer and coordinator of international grant applications in the topics of energy efficiency for buildings, circular economy, and climate mitigation. She stands for environmental preservation, climate change mitigation and adaptation, lifelong education, and freedom of scientific research. She supports the transition to a circular economy.