Curriculum + Bio
Architect Xavier Campos Saldaña is a graduate of the Universidad Ibero Americana in Mexico City, where he studied architecture, obtaining an honorable mention for his thesis upon graduating.
Creator of a personal style that places him among the contemporaries, his architectural work provides integration with the landscape and added functionality that benefits from all natural resources available. Designing under the principles of “use of passive solar energy and recycling of utilities” he aims to satisfy functional and environmental needs in more natural ways and to provide users with maximum comfort and optimal climate within spaces, both indoors and outdoors.
His personal interest has been centered with projecting living spaces for humans in the most natural and appropriate ways possible.
His work, which has been defined as “Contemporary Mexican” style, contains design characteristics such as movement in ceilings, use of large open areas, double high ceilings and the use of architectural elements to achieve a sense of open space which can be noticed even within small areas.
All his projects integrate passive solar energy which is always forefront in the study and solution, thereby reducing energy consumption thru air conditioning as well as generating sustainable interior microclimates by employing naturally occurring cold and warm air currents. Implementing these methods does not increase construction costs.
The comfort of the inhabitants in each project is achieved through harmonious integration with the environment and the particular needs of each family. The natural and environmental factors of each site must be closely studied and building location carefully examined in order to optimize the degree of comfort in them.
Xavier will always suggest proven natural systems within human means and current technology, taking into account factors such as climate, microclimate, passive solar energy and recycling of utilities.
The application of passive solar energy in each architectural project takes into account factors such as orientations, lighting, ventilation, sunlight, prevailing winds and other factors that intuitively seem logical to us, but rationally can be modified to take advantage of any natural potential that local climate provides.
A detailed study of the angles of incidence of the sun and average temperatures in the different seasons of the year must also be carried out. All of the above is fully considered in each of his designs.
Based on this plan, window sizes, overhang depths, heights, orientations, use of solid or hollow walls and many other variables are defined, all having the purpose of bringing more sunlight inside the buildings during the winter season and avoiding trapping heat in the summer.
In general terms, when designing a building of any type, all passive systems that allow the optimization of human comfort for each architectural space must be exhaustively considered.
“When you exhaust the energy of the world, turn your face to the sun, inexhaustible source of power.” - Albert Einstein
Among his friends, peers and in the media, his style has been defined as "Xavier Campos style" because they find a peculiarity in the design of his works that identifies them, despite employing different styles among them. He himself defines it as "Contemporary Mexican style with environmental integration and adaptation to the users needs." The style also adapts to the changes and needs of each client. The main challenge of architecture is to make the most of natural resources integrating proven techniques to reduce additional energy consumption and thereby avoid the high costs of adaptation to artificial microclimates and thus environmental destruction.
He currently has more than 350 works in his portfolio, including homes and residential spaces, commercial buildings, hotels, clinics, medical facilities, office buildings, housing complexes, ballrooms, universities, auditoriums, libraries, condominiums, warehouses, and industrial spaces.
He has specialized in the construction of homes in open areas, golf courses, lake or beach houses as well as country side retreats.