Hello, we are Cafeína.
Cafeina is an international architecture firm that focuses on creating and transforming authentic and inclusive spaces through a multidisciplinary, human, innovative and positive approach.
Founded in 2008 by Leonardo Neve in the coffee-growing region of the Mexican State of Puebla, with the purpose of awakening intense sensations throughout positive sustainable architecture projects, that exert a positive effect on their context, becoming a source of new opportunities for vulnerable communities.
Currently, Cafeina is focused on the realization of creative projects that promote positive impact for real estate developers, urban and architectural design for governmental projects, and office and restaurant design for Mexico, the United States and Latin America. With headquarters in Puebla, México, and offices in New York, and representations in 5 different Mexican cities. For more information visit our Services section.
Our work has been recognized for its quality and innovation in architectural design, being selected as part of the “Best International Houses Design” exhibition at the XVIIVenice Architecture Biennale, and awarded withAmerica’s Property Awards (Toronto 2017), The Architecture Biennial of Puebla (2018 & 2016), as well as the Top 100 Projects of Archdaily in 2016, among others.
Our 3 motivators.
Constant experimentation that seeks to optimize the user experience with propositional ideas, aware of reality and its contexts. The High performance, and local innovation model seeks the expressiveness of the elements through local solutions, which consider the availability of materials and innovate through constant experimentation, working with the materials of the site, achieving high expressiveness results.
We know that the projects built have a strong impact on the communities, which is why we propose a Positive Impact model from the creation of the projects, which is based on the sustainable development model that implies a multidisciplinary scope covering the Political aspects, Economic, Social, Technological, Environmental, and Legal.
We are aware of the creative power of the user as the protagonist of the space, where the user has a role as important as that of the architect in architectural production; said user will create new spaces through his experience, giving different meanings to the one proposed by the designer. In this way, we are co-authors of the space together with its users, whom we encourage to express their own motivations.
We implement the BIM methodology in our projects
BIM (Building Information Modeling)
Methodology of creating and managing a digital model and its databases for process improvement.
The traditional 2D methodology does not have enough information that relates the plans with the budgets and with work schedules. It can present inconveniences such as misinterpretation of plans, inconsistencies, duplicate work, delays and even increased costs.
Awards & Publications.
Our work has been recognized for its quality and innovation in architectural design.
FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR
Leonardo Neve, founding partner of Cafeina Design, where he has developed during the last 10 years in charge of more than 100 projects devoted to the promotion of human, innovative and positive architecture. His work has been recognized for its quality as part of the “Best International Houses Design” exhibition at the XVIIVenice Architecture Biennale, and awarded with America’s Property Awards (Toronto, 2017), The Architecture Biennial of Puebla (2018 & 2016), as well as the Top 100 Projects of Arch daily in 2016, among others.
He studied Architecture at the “Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla, and the master in Project Management at the Universidad de las Americas, Puebla. He has also been an invited professor for the design workshop in both universities.
Additionally, he has been part of the Visiting School program of the Architectural Association in London, Mexico City, Los Angeles, and Mumbai. He is a member of the Architecture Association of Puebla (Colegio de Arquitectos), and member of the National Academy of Architecture of Mexico as well as an International Member of the American Institute of Architects (IAIA). Additionally, he is certified by NYU University in Real Estate Development.
He is currently the Principal of Cafeina Design Architecture firm, with offices in Puebla, Mexico and New York.
TECHNICAL EXECUTIVE PROJECT COORDINATOR
CREATIVE DESIGN COORDINATOR
CREATIVE DESIGN LEADER
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GRAPHIC DESIGN LEADER
PROJECT LEADER JR.
COST AND CONSTRUCTION LEADER
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