grou serra architecture

Born in Luxembourg, I did my bachelor's degree at the La Cambre Institute of Architecture, in the Brussels Free University, and graduated in 2014, first of promotion with distinction, and a specialization in urbanism and public space.

I went to Chicago to do a Master's degree at the Illinois Institute of Technology, under a graduate scholarship offered by the institute, and recommended by Sophie Dars, Pablo Lhoas & Kiran Katara.

My Masters thesis was done at IIT with professor Lluís Ortega in the framework of his studio "Interior Bestiary". The research focused on the condition between programmatic occupation and circulation. A parametric protocol was created based on the research and applied to case studies in Chicago and Buenos Aires.

In 2016-2017, I did a year long independent research study with Professor Arthur S. Takeuchi at IIT on the "space problem". The research focused on the open plan and its application in two exercises; a courtyard residence and a private gallery. Both exercises started in the 1930's at the Bauhaus under Mies' directorship, which professor Takeuchi continues teaching to this day. I am incredibly thankful for his generosity and teaching methods; as well as the philosophy he imparts on his students and that, I hope, are now an integral part of my own.