Xavier De Kestelier is a global Head of Design and leader of the design technology and innovation team at Hassell, which sets strategy and advises on the tools and knowledge we need to succeed. Both an architect and technologist, Xavier harnesses technology to create more powerful, future-focused design solutions. That means he’s responsible for overseeing our work in computational design, building information modelling, visualisation and virtual reality worldwide. Over the past decade he’s forged a reputation as an industry leader in the exploration and adoption of parametric design and digital fabrication. Most recently, he was behind Hassell’s concept for a ‘home’ on Mars–part of NASA’s 3D Printed Habitat Challenge. A TED talker and regular speaker at major design and tech events, Xavier is also a director of Smart geometry, a non-profit, global educational network for computational and digital design specialists.