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Esther Rivas-Adrover

Esther Rivas-Adrover

PhD candidate, Architecture, University of Cambridge, Murray Edwards College (New Hall), 2015 – 2021

Dip Architecture, Oxford Brookes University, 2005-2007

BA Hons Architecture, Oxford Brookes University, 2002-2005


Esther Rivas-Adrover is an author, architectural researcher, educator and artist. After teaching Advanced Descriptive Geometry to architecture students in Spain she studied architecture at Oxford Brookes University where she later taught architectural design at degree and postgraduate level. Her interest in complex geometries led her to work for practices including Zaha Hadid Architects, where she worked on various projects in the UK and around the world. Her drawings have also been exhibited several times at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. In 2015 she published a book with the title ‘Deployable Structures’ commissioned by Laurence King Publishing, and she is currently undertaking research on the subject at the University of Cambridge.

Research Interests

Architectural design

Architectural pedagogy

Complex geometry

Transforming architecture

Deployable structures

Key Publications

Rivas-Adrover, Esther, “ORIGAMI-SCISSOR Hinged Geometry Method”, Origami7, The proceedings from the 7th International Meeting on Origami in Science, Mathematics, and Education held in Oxford UK, Volume Three: Engineering One, Ed. J.Lang, Bolitho and You, Tarquin, 2018, pp 779-793.

Rivas-Adrover, Esther, “A New Hybrid Type of Deployable Structure: ORIGAMI-SCISSOR Hinged”, Journal of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures, Vol. 59 No.3, September n. 197, 2018, pp. 183-190.

Rivas-Adrover, Esther, “Transforming Architecture Made With Scissor Hinged Deployable Structures: Alhambra Pavilions in Cambridge Market Square”, The 5th International Conference on Architecture and Built Environment S.ARCH held in Venice, Italy, Get It Published, 04.055, 2018, pp. 760-770.

Rivas-Adrover, Esther, "Classification Of Geometry For Deployable Structures Used For Innovation: Design Of New Surfaces With Scissor 2 Bar, And Form Generation Method Of Relative Ratios", International Journal of Computational Methods and Experimental Measurements, Vol. 5, No. 4, pp. 464–474, 2017.

Rivas-Adrover, Esther, "Deployable Structures", Laurence King Publishing: London, 2015.

Rivas-Adrover, Esther, "Estructuras Desplegables: Arquitectura, Ingeniería y Diseño ", Promopress: España, 2015.