About Us
About Us

About Us

How did we get started?
Semilla is born in 2014 at the initiative of the arquitect Marta Maccaglia. After the experience of the construction of a nursery school in the village of Huaycán in 2011 and a secondary school in the Amazon community of Chuquibambilla in 2013 she founded Semillas in the central forest of Perú.

Who are we?
We are an international and interdisciplinary team of professionals comprised of architects and specialists in projects involving international cooperation. We received commission from public and private sector for the populations most in need.

Our philosophy
We believe that education is the foundation for personal and community development. We deeply value collaboration in fostering collective development, and strive to establish equal rights and opportunities for the communities we serve. Architecture, to us, is not only a form of cultural expression, but also a powerful way to improve peoples’ lives.

What do we do?
We work in rural areas of the Peruvian Amazon and villages surrounding Lima. This is a critical humanitarian setting. In short, we create and execute educational architecture projects with an emphasis on integrated development.

How do we do it?
Community participation is the basis for the work we do. From its initial appraisal to its conclusion, the community shares in every stage of a project’s development. The direct result is that the community deeply identifies with the project and gains a strong sense of ownership, creating important pillars for sustainability.
We also promote processes that encourage the exchange of knowledge and skills. Our architectural plans utilize local resources and materials, and are in line with bioclimatic design principles. We propose infrastructure which can be used by the whole community, with an aim to revitalize a declining sense of public, shared space.

Who do we work with?
Currently, Semillas creates and executes its own projects and works in collaboration with the Asociación Volcafe Speciality Peru (VSP) Generaciones, a key partner in the coffee-growing regions of the Peruvian rainforest. To carry out our projects, we work hand in hand with local communities, municipalities, and the Local Educational Management Units.

Annual Report: 2016 | 2015
Our team
Orlando Villabeza Garay
Pamela Amadio
Luis Elmer Martinez Ramos
Ilaria Pinto
Javier Garcia Paucar
Marta Maccaglia
Caleb Jerónimo Jerónimo
Raffaela Ceparano
Juan Taipe
Martina Uda
Demetrio Raul Rivera Zavala
Marta Anducas Armengou
Italo Cheresente Leguía
Giuliana Miglierina
Elias Martinez Ramos
William Juan Bohorguez Huaringa
Raul Arancibia
Josué Fredy Martinez Ramos
Veronica Chari
Matteo Penzo

Marta Maccaglia (Founder), Michele Albanelli, Ignacio Bosch, Estuardo Morales

Team 2018:
Marta Maccaglia (General management and architecture); Raúl Arancibia (Project and construction management ); Diego Saldarriaga (Architecture y anthropology); Susanna Olivieri y Giulia Perri (Cps – Comunitá Promozione Sviluppo – Architecture)

Team 2017:
Marta Maccaglia (General management and architecture); Marta Anducas (Project management, intercultural mediation ); Pamela Amadio, Raffaela Ceparano, Matteo Penzo, Ilaria Pinto (Cps – Comunitá Promozione Sviluppo – Architecture)

Team 2016:
Marta Maccaglia (General management and architecture); Marta Anducas (Project management, intercultural mediation ); Giuliana Miglierina, Martina Uda (Cps – Comunitá Promozione Sviluppo – Architecture)

Carlos A. Mispireta Gálvez (Legal counsel); Kurt Schmenger (Translation); Mayra Torreblanca Villanueva (Accounting); Gonzalo Díaz (Architecture); Marta Anducas (Project and construction management, intercultural mediation)

Construction team:
Constructor Javier Garcia Paucar and team
Carpintería MARTINEZ: Elías Martínez Ramos and team
Beneficiary communities

Our partners and allies
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Costa FoundationVSP GeneracionesCPS

Municipalidad de Pangoa