Double Happiness is a collaboration between Nerea Feliz and Joyce Hwang. Their creative practice focuses on research and design at multiple scales, with interests in the intersections of interior design, architecture, urbanism, and ecology. Collectively, they are registered architects in Spain, the UK, and New York State.
Nerea Feliz is an Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin where she teaches both in the Architecture and the Interior Design programs. She graduated from the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura (ETSAM). In 2010 she founded Nerea Feliz Studio. Her research, via design and writing, looks at the way public interiority shapes, and is shaped by, society. Her work seeks to interrogate and expand the role – semiotics, context and performance – of conventional interior elements and interior environments. Nerea Feliz’s work has been published and exhibited nationally and internationally.
Hwang is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair at the University at Buffalo, School of Architecture and Planning, and directs Ants of the Prairie. She is a recipient of the Architectural League Emerging Voices Award (2014), the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship (2013), and the MacDowell Colony Fellowship (2016, 2011), among other awards. She is co-editor of Beyond Patronage: Reconsidering Models of Practice, published by Actar. Hwang received a M.Arch degree from Princeton University and a B.Arch degree from Cornell University, where she received the Charles Goodwin Sands Memorial Bronze Medal.