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Andrea García Crespo, Michael Schmidt BABELstudio

BABELstudio, founded by Andrea García Crespo and Michael Schmidt, is headquartered in Bilbao.

Andrea García Crespo has been an architect from the University of Navarra since 2006, she has worked as a professor at the University of Architecture of Venice and the University of Architecture of Navarra between 2004 and 2005. She also worked for the David Chipperfield Architects studio, where she coincided with his current partner Michael Schmidt.

The study emerged in 2011, when the two young architects entered the competition for the design of the Donostia metro entrances, in which they were finalists.

Its technical team, made up of architects and surveyors, works in the research, development and construction of various architectural projects, including participation in various international competitions.

Carmelo Rodríguez, Rocío Pina and David Pérez ENORME STUDIO

ENORME Studio is the evolution of three co-founders of PKMN Architectures, they're Carmelo Rodríguez, Rocío Pina and David Pérez. After having collaborated for ten years on more than one hundred projects they've just started with a new shared initiative that keeps the same radical approach to architecture. They design and build ARCHITECTURE PROJECTS based on industrial systems and typological innovation.

They're specialists in mobile systems design applied to housing, office design and retail. They have changed the traditional concept of room in architecture, creating spaces that are easily converted through simple gestures. They design and perform participation dynamics in the domain of city construction through their creative services platform CIUDAD CREA CIUDAD and the creation of CITIZENSHIP BRAND IDENTITIES. Their aim is to foster alternative ways to examine urban issues and to motivate the creation of a proactive citizen culture. They design and apply TACTICAL URBANISM tools that transfer teamwork strategies and collective thinking dynamics into public and private space design and management. Their aim is to give the city back to citizens as an emotional, plural and relational space.

Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs, Nathalie de Vries. MVRDV

MVRDV was founded in 1993 by Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The practice engages globally in providing solutions to contemporary architectural and urban issues. A highly collaborative, research-based design method involves clients, stakeholders and experts from a wide range of fields from early on in the creative process. The results are exemplary, outspoken projects, which enable our cities and landscapes to develop towards a better future.

The products of MVRDV’s unique approach to design vary, ranging from buildings of all types and sizes, to urban plans and visions, numerous publications, installations and exhibitions. Built projects include the Netherlands Pavilion for the World EXPO 2000 in Hannover; the Market Hall, a combination of housing and retail in Rotterdam; the Pushed Slab, a sustainable office building in Paris’ first eco-district; Flight Forum, an innovative business park in Eindhoven; the Silodam Housing complex in Amsterdam; the Matsudai Cultural Centre in Japan; the Unterföhring office campus near Munich; the Lloyd Hotel in Amsterdam; the Ypenburg housing and urban plan in The Hague; the Didden Village rooftop housing extension in Rotterdam; the music centre De Effenaar in Eindhoven; the Gyre boutique shopping center in Tokyo; a public library in Spijkenisse; an international bank headquarters in Oslo, Norway; and the iconic Mirador and Celosia housing in Madrid.

Current projects include a variety of housing projects in the Netherlands, France, China, India, and other countries; a community centre in Copenhagen and a cultural complex in Roskilde, Denmark, a public art depot in Rotterdam, the transformation of a mixed use building in central Paris, an office complex in Shanghai, and a commercial centre in Beijing, and the renovation of an office building in Hong Kong. MVRDV is also working on large scale urban masterplans in Bordeaux and Caen, France and the masterplan for an eco-city in Logroño, Spain. Larger scale visions for the future of greater Paris, greater Oslo, and the doubling in size of the Dutch new town Almere are also in development.

MVRDV first published a manifesto of its work and ideas in FARMAX (1998), followed by MetaCity/Datatown (1999), Costa Iberica (2000), Regionmaker (2002), 5 Minutes City (2003), KM3 (2005), Spacefighter (2007) and Skycar City (2007), and more recently The Vertical Village (with The Why Factory, 2012) and the firm’s first monograph of built works MVRDV Buildings (2013). MVRDV deals with issues ranging from global sustainability in large scale studies such as Pig City, to small, pragmatic architectural solutions for devastated areas such as New Orleans.

The work of MVRDV is exhibited and published worldwide and has received numerous international awards. One hundred architects, designers and urbanists develop projects in a multi-disciplinary, collaborative design process which involves rigorous technical and creative investigation. MVRDV works with BIM and has official in-house BREEAM and LEED assessors.

Together with Delft University of Technology, MVRDV runs The Why Factory, an independent think tank and research institute providing an agenda for architecture and urbanism by envisioning the city of the future.

Arquitectos. SelgasCano

SelgasCano is a Madrid-based practice leads by Jose Selgas (Madrid, 1965) and Lucia Cano (Madrid, 1965). José Selgas. Graduated Architect from ETSA Madrid 1992. Worked with Francesco Venecia on Naples in 1994-95. Rome Prize on the Spain Academy of Fine Arts in Rome 1997-98. Lucía Cano. Graduated Architect from ETSA Madrid 1992. Worked with Julio Cano Lasso until 1996. Member of Cano Lasso Studio since 1997 until 2003.

 1st Prize on Compettion of Alternative on Social Housing, Madrid, 1993. 
1st Prize on Compettion. 67 Social Dwellings in Las Rosas, Madrid, 1996. 
1st Prize on Compettion, Congress Center and Auditorium, Badajoz, 1999-2006. 
1st Prize on Compettion, Auditorium and Congress Center, Cartagena, 2001-2011. 1st Prize on Compettion, Congress Center and Auditorium, Plasencia, 2005 (on construction)
. Prize VII BIAU Bienal Iberoamericana de Arquitectura y Urbanismo, 2010. Prize AD Architectural Digest 2011. Selected Mies Van Der Rohe Award, 2011. Madrid City Architecture Award, 2002 + 2007. Madrid Region Architecture Award, 2003. 2nd Prize on Compettion, Madrid Main Court. Madrid, 2008.

Exhibitions: Exhibition at MoMA New York: On-Site: New Architecture in Spain, 2006. Biennale di Venezia, 2006. Shortlisted Saloni Prize 2007 - 2009. Shortlisted IX Spanish Architecture Biennial Exhibition, 2007. Exhibition GA International, 2008-2009-2010 (GA Gallery), Tokyo 2008-2009-2010. Exhibition Guggenheim New York, Contenplating The Void, 2010. Biennale di Venezia, 2010: People meet in Architecture International Pavillion + What architects desire, German Pavillion. Tokyo Art Meeting (II). A new relationship between architecture, art and people, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, 2011.

In 2012 the architects exhibited in the Spanish Pavilion at the 13th International Architecture Biennale, Venice, as part of SPAINLab. In 2013 they won the Kunstpreis (Art prize) awarded by the Akademie der Kunste, Berlin and were pronounced 'Architects of the Year' by the German Design Council in Munich.


Kentaro Kurihara, Miho Iwatsuki. STUDIO VELOCITY

Kentaro Kurihara (1977, Saitama, Japan) and Miho Iwatsuki (1977, Aichi, Japan) both worked at Junya Ishigami + Associates in the period 2004-2005. In 2006, they decided to establish the office Studio Velocity. Both are teachers at Aichi Sangyo University, and Kurihara also works at Toyota National college of Technology. They have received several prizes, among their latest awards is the winning prize at the International Architecture Awards (2011) and the AR House 2013.

Kurihara and Iwatsuki have participated in a number of private and group exhibitions, like "JA86 Next Generation -Manifestations of Architects Under 35" in Tokyo, 2012, and "Traces of Centuries & Future Steps", at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2012.

Daniel Zamarbide. BUREAU

BUREAU, is the new project by Daniel Zamarbide. The practice hides under its generic name a variety of research activities. BUREAU makes things as an urge to react to the surrounding physical, cultural and social environment with a critical standpoint and with an immersive attitude. BUREAU is (in 2017) a furniture series, an editorial project, a design team, they are architects.

Daniel Zamarbide obtains his master degree at the Institut d’Architecture de l’Université de Genève (IAUG) in 1999. During his studies he followed the workshops of Christian Marclay, Philippe Parreno and Catherine Queloz at the École Supérieure des Beaux Arts in Geneva.

In the year 2000 he becomes one of the founding members of group8, an architectural practice that has acquired an important national and international recognition.

Daniel Zamarbide has developed through the years a particular interest in the protean aspects of his discipline and nourishes his work and research through other domains like philosophy, applied and visual arts as well as cinema.

As a guest lecturer and jury he has been invited at a diversity of international schools and institutions to present and discuss his work and research.

Since 2003 his interest in research and education has led him to be invited as an assistant in the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and as a professor (2000-14) at the Haute École d’Art et de Design (HEAD) in Geneva. In 2014, he integrates the team of ALICE Lab (Dieter Dietz) at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) as a guest professor and research director.

In 2012, Daniel leaves group8 to start a new practice with Leopold Banchini, architect. Their practice, BUREAU A has explored during 5 years the possibilities of architectural making in a great variety of formats, opening the practice to work in the fields of art, garden and landscape architecture, exhibition design, temporary architecture and object making.

In 2017, following the dissolution of BUREAU A, Daniel Zamarbide pursues his more personal research interests under the name of BUREAU. This new entity produces architecture in the continuity of BUREAU A and incorporates to his already prolific activities furniture design (with a design brand of the same name) and an editorial project, which launches the first publication in June 2017.

Zoe Little, Johnathon Little, Theo Dales. Koto Design

Koto Design is studio based in UK co-founded by Zoe Little, Johnathon Little and Theo Dales. They are dedicated to designing modular houses, cabins and sculptural small buildings, inspirated in Scandinavian design and culture.

Koto began looking further east to the minimalist world of Japanese design and their focus on social functionality. They share their emphasis on clean and simple details that provide a sense of calm.

José Costa

Jose Costa Arq. is an architecture studio based in Valencia. The firm articulates a series of professionals with a common ambition: to make through architecture a better place to live.

Focusing mainly on the residential, cultural and administrative area, it explores the limits of each project through a simple recipe: passion, effectiveness, creativity, sensitivity, research, recycling, commitment, observation, intuition, criticism, poetry, dynamism, integration and a dose important of fun.

Jose Costa, (Alzira, Valencia, June 11, 1978) studied at the Polytechnic University of Valencia, obtaining the title of architect in 2004. Obtaining that same year of the 1st prize in the IVVSA national draft competition in its 5th edition, for the construction of a building with 42 homes for young people in Benidorm, marks the beginning of the first Spanish stage.

In 2011 he moved to Rio de Janeiro, a city that will be the main headquarters of the studio until the end of 2014. There he founded the creative space The House, a multidisciplinary extension of the studio that will allow him to experiment and develop connections ARCHITECTURE - ART - DESIGN - EDUCATION. After 4 intense years in Brazil, he returns to Valencia where he continues to develop architectural, social and artistic projects, both from his own studio and from the Enredant artistic collective of which he is co-founder.

Otto Rudolf Salvisberg, Otto Brechbühl. Itten+Brechbühl SA

IttenBrechbühl SA is an architecture firm established in Bern in 1922. It has a total of seven headquarters in Switzerland with approximately 300 employees in total. It is one of the main architectural practices in the Swiss market.

Its founders were Otto Rudolf Salvisberg and Otto Brechbühl, they established the office with the projects of the Hospital Lory, the Children's Home in Elfenau and the faculty buildings of the University of Bern. They became the architects of the Hoffmann-La Roche court. After Salvisberg's death, Brechbühl took over the office until he joined Jakob Itten in the 1960s with whom he grew the company to more than 200 employees. After the oil crisis, the collapse occurred and the workforce was reduced to 80 employees, of which a team of young architects won twelve awards in competitions that promoted the firm with the projects of the Technopark in Zurich, the treatment wing of the Hospital University of Zurich for example.

In 1993 Gartenmann & Partner AG acquired the shares of IttenBrechbühl AG, thereby increasing the number of employees to 200 again and opening new offices and subject areas.

In 2012, the majority of the shares were transferred to long-standing co-managers and the current ones are committed to further strengthening and expanding this healthy and better-positioned company. Its corporate structure is reflected by work processes, specific project programs and appropriate solutions, in which each project is assigned to an optimal dedicated team. Their main concept is innovation, the engine they use to help shape the future and create sustainable solutions. Of their latest works stand out the Zurich Airport Airside Centre (2013), the Head Office of the RTL Group in Luxembourg (2016) and the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne (2020).

Diego Cano Pintos, Gonzalo Cano Pintos, Alfonso Cano Pintos. Estudio CanoLasso

CanoLasso is an architecture studio based in Madrid, led by the architects Diego Cano Pintos, Gonzalo Cano Pintos and Alfonso Cano Pintos.

The studio, founded by Julio Cano Lasso, father of the three architects, has a long history with important competitions and built works, and has been awarded various prizes and recognitions on a Spanish scale.

Diego Cano Pintos
Architect, born in Santiago de Compostela in 1954 and graduated in Architecture from the ETSAM in Madrid (1978). Rating: Remarkable.

Gonzalo Cano Pintos
Architect born in Madrid in 1956 and graduated in Architecture with honors from the ETSAM in Madrid (1985).
Professor of Architectural Design at the CEU School of Architecture in Madrid.
Professor of Architectural Projects at the University of Navarra Faculty of Architecture.

Alfonso Cano Pintos
Architect, born in Madrid in 1960 and graduated in Architecture with honors from the ETSAM in Madrid (1986).
Professor of Architectural Projects at the Madrid School of Architecture between 1995 and 2003.
Professor of Architectural Projects at the University of Navarra, Faculty of Architecture.



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