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Alicia Casals, Karl Nyqvist. Nomo Studio

Nomo studio. based in Barcelona and Stockholm, the study was founded by Alicia Casals and Karl Johan Nyqvist. Both got professional experience in well-known architecture studios such as OMA (Rotterdam), BIG (Copenhagen), Shigeru Ban (Tokyo), Kengo Kuma (Tokyo), MVRDV (Rotterdam), UnStudio (Amsterdam), BüroOS (Beijing), give the company a solid base of knowledge in large scale projects.

They are currently involved in a wide range of projects all over Europe including private villas, housing complex, pavilions, museums, schools, art/culture centres and landscape and masterplans. Furthermore theri holistic approach has lead them to the design of stands, faucets, books and interventions in marginalised suburbs.

They work closely with their clients in all phases offering a complete project management service supported by BIM technology. They believe in design as a powerful tool for creating extraordinary spatial qualities. Their interests lie on cutting-edge design, experimentation with materials, details and structural solutions. The strong curiosity they feel for diverse social and cultural environments leads them to always seek a specific approach to each project. They do not resign theirselves to anything less than creativity, uniqueness and strong concepts in their work.

Marià Castelló

Marià Castelló · Architecture began its course in February 2002 with the first public and private initiative projects in Formentera. The connection, the respect and the commitment with the culture, the landscape and the territory of the minor of the Pitiüsas islands was determining in the professional and personal orientation chosen.

The study has collaborated with editorial projects of different nature, exhibitions and presentations with the purpose of spreading both the patrimonial baggage existing on the island and those contemporary interventions generated with criteria and reflection.

Among his last prizes, he stands out as a finalist in the 59th edition of the FAD Awards in the category of "City and Landscape" for the work "Restauració del Fossar Vell of Sant Francesc" (2017), the Special mention (2nd Position) of the Prize European Intervention in the Architectural Heritage AADIPA (2017) for the Restoration of the Tower des Pi des Català, s. XVIII in Formentera, or the work selected in the Catalan Pavilion of the Biennale di Architettura di Venezia (2012) "Architectural Rowers" in the "Contexts" section.

Joan Arnau, Carme Muñoz. 05 AM arquitectura

05 AM arquitectura, is an architecture firm based in Girona, founded by Joan Arnau and Carme Muñoz in 2005. Their practice and professional expertise is based on the realisation of projects, interiors, and landscapes architecture. They have carried out projects both for public administration, public competitions and private commissions, having a vast experience in the last one, either in interior renovations or new constructions.

05 AM arquitectura team is formed by intern collaborators and an extensive network of highly-specialised consultants on different areas, with whom they share the same goals and self-commitment.

Throughout their professional trajectory they have received numerous recognitions in the specialized sector.


Jørn Utzon was a Danish architect, best known for making the project of the Sydney Opera House, and as the winner of the Pritzker Prize in 2003.

He was born in Copenhagen as the son of a naval engineer. He studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Denmark. He spent the years of World War II studying with Erik Gunnar Asplund. Then he traveled extensively throughout Europe, the United States and Mexico. On his return he established himself as an architect in Copenhagen.

As a result of the interests of his family in the Arts, from 1937 he attended the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Denmark where he studied under Kay Fisker and Steen Rasmussen Eller. After graduation in 1942, he joined the studio of Erik Gunnar Asplund in Stockholm where he worked with Arne Jacobsen and Poul Henningsen. It was then that he was particularly interested in the work of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. After the end of World War II and the German occupation of Denmark, he returned to Copenhagen

In 1946, he visited Alvar Aalto in Helsinki. Between 1947-1948 he traveled Europe in 1948 went to Morocco where he admired the high adobe buildings. In 1949, he traveled to the United States and Mexico, where the pyramids inspired him. Fascinated by the way in which the Maya built skyward to be closer to their God. He said the time he spent in Mexico was "one of the best architectural experiences in my life." In the US, he visited the home of Frank Lloyd Wright, Taliesin West, in the Arizona desert and met Charles and Ray Eames.

In 1992 he received the Wolf Prize in Arts. In March 2003, Utzon was awarded honorary doctorates by the University of Sydney in recognition of his building project of the Opera. Utzon was ill and could not travel to Australia for that purpose, so that it represented his son in the investiture ceremony. It may not be present at the celebrations of the 30th anniversary of the building, for which Utzon was redesigning some areas, such as the main lobby. In 2003 he was also given the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize.

Alfonso Quiñones. BAAQ’

BAAQ’. Fundado en 2011 por Alfonso Quiñones. His initial works focus on restoration and renovation projects for different developers in Mexico City.

BAAQ’ dedicates its practice to the development of housing and architectural design where he has been recognized in various publications and awards such as the Honorable Mention at the 2012 Mexican Architecture Biennial and winner of the Public Award at the AZ 2019 Awards.

In 2012 Alfonso Quiñones was invited by the architect Tadao Ando to be the local associate architect for the Casa Wabi project in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, and in 2016 he was also invited by the architect Alvaro Siza for the development of the Taller de Barro project at Casa Wabi. He recently developed, together with the architect Kengo Kuma, the design of a chicken coop with an experimental construction system.

And other hand, he has developed housing projects intervening and recovering old buildings in Mexico City. Working under the premise of renovating, preserving and adapting to new uses, buildings that have been abandoned, rejoining the urban and social dynamics of their environment.

Javier Arias González JAA

Javier Arias González. Architect by ITESM (Technological Institute of Superior Studies of Monterrey) 2005-2010. He has participated in different courses and diplomas in the Mexican Republic, as well as abroad. Part of his studies were completed in the city of Barcelona, Spain at the FPC (Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya). He has been invited by different educational institutions, as a lecturer. He is currently the JAA coordinator in the city of Morelia, Michoacán.

He has received a silver medal in the II Biennial of Young Mexican Architects FCARM (2017) and Honorable Mention in the XIV Biennial of Mexican Architecture, at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City (2016).

Felipe Assadi. Felipe Assadi Arquitectos

Felipe Assadi is architect from Finis Terrae University 1996, and Master of Architecture from Pontificia Universidad Católica of Chile. In 1999 he received the 'Premio Promoción Joven' of the Association of Architects of Chile, awarded to the best architect under 35 of the country.

He has taught at several Chilean universities and other foreigners in Mexico, Brazil, Italy, Colombia and USA. From 2011 he serves as Dean of the Faculty of Architecture and Design of the Finis Terrae University.

He has been invited to lecture in Venezuela, Peru, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Argentina, USA, Italy and Spain. His work has been widely published in several countries in magazines like Wallpaper and Architectural Review in London, Arquitectura Viva and AV Monografías in Madrid, Architectural Record in NY, GA Tokyo, Domus and Casabella in Italy among others and in specialized books around the world.

He has participated in exhibitions in Barcelona, ​​Pamplona, ​​London, Quito, Tokyo and Santiago. His work has been developed in Chile, Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, United States, Ecuador and Colombia.

Nowadays he has four monographs, in Chile, Spain, Korea and Argentina.




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