Alexis Cogul

Architect Coconut Grove / United States

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Alexis Cogul Lleonart doesn’t follow. In his world, form facilitates function.

An architect and designer with a dual degree in urban planning, Cogul must see it before he builds it. Whether designing an object, room, house or building, he must first envision the use of the space by its occupants.
Most modern architecture may fit the form- follows-function model, but the Barcelona-born Cogul takes a step further in his mission to customize rooms for their optimum use.

He has been doing this for more than 15 years, working on a number of internationally renowned and award-winning projects. As a young entrepreneur, he has taken his vision to the business world, creating a number of start-ups fueled by the philosophy that design enhances the experience of living, working, or playing in any space.

“It’s about using architecture as a useful tool in achieving final function utilization—in other words, the use you want for that space.”

After collaborating with Oppenheim Architecture in Miami for several years, Cogul founded Doo Architecture, which has partnerships and alliances around the world. Its mission is to not only build the future, but also find investment opportunities and financing for projects that mirror his vision: an industry where the urban social and economic use of a space are inseparable from its design and construction.

Three years later, after being named one of 2013’s Top 10 Designers of the Year by the Wolfsonian Museum’s Visionaries organization, Cogul felt there was a huge disconnect between the construction industry and design. He started a new concept of architectural atelier or lab called Doo Corp, where design, construction and development are conceptualized together from the beginning of a project. This commitment to create spaces that are better suited for their function and provide better client experiences, has been proven effective for brands like the Ritz Carlton and Starwood Hotels.

“My dream project? I guess a library or a museum – any project that would force me to study the contents of the structure and the use by a number of people so I can invent something unique that will not only facilitate the program but provide the perfect space for it.”

In 2016, Cogul founded the Brand Cogul Design labs, a laboratory of miscellaneous designs for just about anything that would occupy a space. Creating has always been the driving force in his design and the journey took him to the lab, which is best described as the studio of a designer scientist. This is where Cogul can put his vision on objects other than bricks and mortar – on furniture, light fixtures, flooring materials and patterns, the details that define a space when it is no longer empty.

Cogul has a Masters of Architecture degree from the University of Barcelona ESARQ UIC and a Master of Urban Design from UAB. He has worked as a professor at the ESARQ UIC and has participated in different conferences on modern architecture throughout the Spanish territory and USA, as well as in various expositions in Madrid, Barcelona, Vienna and Miami. In 2007, he obtained distinction from the Housing Ministry for best “Final Year Project Work” for the Architecture & Urbanism Biennale.

“I’m a provocateur. I want to know how you live, how you work, what are your passions, needs, hobbies, traditions…and then implement that essence into the design.”
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Alexis Cogul Lleonart doesn’t follow. In his world, form facilitates function. An architect and designer with a dual degree in urban planning, Cogul must see it before he builds it. Whether designing an object, room, house or building, he must first envision the use of the space by its occupants. Most modern architecture may fit the form- follows-function model, but the Barcelona-born Cogul takes a step further in his mission to customize rooms for their optimum use. He has been doing this for more than 15 years, working on a number of internationally renowned and award-winning projects. As a young entrepreneur, he has taken his vision to the business world, creating a number of start-ups fueled by the philosophy that design enhances the experience of living, working, or playing in any space. “It’s about using architecture as a useful tool in achieving final function utilization—in other words, the use you want for that space.” After collaborating with Oppenheim Architecture in Miami for several years, Cogul founded Doo Architecture, which has partnerships and alliances around the world. Its mission is to not only build the future, but also find investment opportunities and financing for projects that mirror his vision: an industry where the urban social and economic use of a space are inseparable from its design and construction. Three years later, after being named one of 2013’s Top 10 Designers of the Year by the Wolfsonian Museum’s Visionaries organization, Cogul felt there was a huge disconnect between the construction industry and design. He started a new concept of architectural atelier or lab called Doo Corp, where design, construction and development are conceptualized together from the beginning of a project. This commitment to create spaces that are better suited for their function and provide better client experiences, has been proven effective for brands like the Ritz Carlton and Starwood Hotels. “My dream project? I guess a library or a museum – any project that would force me to study the contents of the structure and the use by a number of people so I can invent something unique that will not only facilitate the program but provide the perfect space for it.” In 2016, Cogul founded the Brand Cogul Design labs, a laboratory of miscellaneous designs for just about anything that would occupy a space. Creating has always been the driving force in his design and the journey took him to the lab, which is best described as the studio of a designer scientist. This is where Cogul can put his vision on objects other than bricks and mortar – on furniture, light fixtures, flooring materials and patterns, the details that define a space when it is no longer empty. Cogul has a Masters of Architecture degree from the University of Barcelona ESARQ UIC and a Master of Urban Design from UAB. He has worked as a professor at the ESARQ UIC and has participated in different conferences on modern architecture throughout the Spanish territory and USA, as well as in various expositions in Madrid, Barcelona, Vienna and Miami. In 2007, he obtained distinction from the Housing Ministry for best “Final Year Project Work” for the Architecture & Urbanism Biennale. “I’m a provocateur. I want to know how you live, how you work, what are your passions, needs, hobbies, traditions…and then implement that essence into the design.”