Rafael Portillo (b. Los Angeles, USA) is an architect and designer with a BArch from Cornell University and MArch from the Architectural Association. Throughout his career he has designed iconic buildings for internationally acclaimed studios such as Zaha Hadid Architects. His approach to architecture is an art form where he uses digital processes to create sculptural buildings. Design interests stem from fashion, landscape, technology, and art. Key projects include: Pierres Vives, Chartres Parc des Expositions, and Diyar Towncenter Masterplan.

In his new body of work he shifts from architecture to photography to concentrate on his artistic development. This began with his move to Kuwait in 2015 when he worked with PACE. During these 18 months he started walking 450 km throughout Kuwait searching for its solemn inner beauty and the undocumented pieces that identifies a city. It was here that a country frozen in time inspired him to create “Invisible Kuwait.”

Following the initial concept of “Invisible Kuwait” as a presentation for the Need Lab lecture series in 2017 he advanced the project towards an exhibition and book. It was presented in his lecture to OKW Architects, Chicago 2018 and shown at Folio Friday at the Photographer’s Gallery, London 2018. Life Framer featured his work in “Inspirational Urban Stories” 2019. Currently he is developing his forthcoming exhibition “Invisible Kuwait“ for London 2020.