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Architects Michèle and Miquel

Michèle & Miquel is an architecture urbanism and landscape atelier, based in Barcelona, Spain and Toulouse, Francia. It was founded in 1996 by Michèle Orliac and Miquel Batlle.

The team take part in the development of public spaces, urban facilities, strategic points, urban peculiar situations…etc. The philosophy of their work lies in the relationship between the city, architecture and nature, urban planning and landscape architecture and the articulation of different scales: from territorial scale to detail.

Throughout the professional life of the study, many projects have been developed in different topics such as Public spaces and urban facilities (Hortus wineries in Valflaunes, Wallon Marcadau refuge in the National Park of Pyrenees, or the canopies in Vieux Boucau); Director plan of public spaces (Director plan beach in VIEUX BOUCAU in the Atlantic Ocean).

Many projects have been recognized in national and international awards including:

By The Dark Line: AFEX Award 2023 (FR), BEAU XVI Award (ESP), Landezine International Landscape Award 2023, Arquin fad 2023 (ESP), IFLA ASIA PAC Excellence Award 2023, Architettura LOVERS il Premio 2023 (ITA), INT. design Grand Prix du Design paysage & territoires 2023, (CAN), WLA Merit Award Winner 2023, Taiwan Environment Lighting 2023, Building of the Year METALOCUS 2023 (ESP).
Award, The 7th Taiwan Landscape 2019.
First prize in the FAD 2017 award. International category with the project Le Jardin NIEL in TOULOUSE, France.
Selected in the international Mies van der Rohe 2017 award with the project Winery in Montpellier, France.
First prize in the FAD 2011 award, landscape and city category, with de project Aigües Park in Figueres, Spain.
First prize in the Trophées de l’aménagement Urbain award three times: at Pams Port Street in Vendres, France; at the ARLES SUR TECH square, France; and at the fairground in Treffort, France.


aldayjover arquitectura y paisaje is an architectural practice founded in 1996 with offices in Barcelona and Virginia (USA) and consists of two partners architects, Margarita Jover and Iñaki Alday, director of the department of architecture at the University of Virginia, three architects, team leaders and a variable number of architectural associates and students of final years of career. Its main workload refers to projects and project managers of facilities and public buildings and public spaces and landscape interventions. It has also developed various projects and work-family and multifamily housing and interventions in heritage buildings.

Among the major awards include the European Prize for Urban Public Space (2002), two first prizes Garcia Mercadal (2001 and 2005) and the FAD Award City and Landscape (2009), finalist of the Biennial of Spanish Architecture on two occasions (2005 and 2009), FAD Award (2002), the Ibero-American Biennale of Architecture (2004) and the European Landscape Prize (2008), and the Nomination Award for European Architecture Mies van der Rohe (2009). His works have been exhibited at the Cité de l'Architecture in Paris and in the NAI in Rotterdam.

Iñaki Alday (Zaragoza, 1965) is a partner with Margarita Jover of aldayjover arquitectura y paisaje, office founded in 1996 which deals with public works and landscape architecture with a careful and specific common approach to site. Among others, he has been awarded the FAD Award (2009), the European Prize for Urban Public Space (2002) and García Mercadal Award (2001 and 2005), besides being a finalist in the Spanish Architecture Biennial (2005 and 2009) or the Ibero-American Architecture Biennial (2004). Has been an associate professor of Architectural Projects at the ETSA del Vallès (UPC) between 1996 and 2005, and holds master's teaching in several courses and specialization courses in different universities. He is the author of the book "Learning from all your houses" (Ed. UPC), "ARQ CAT" (Ed. COAC) about contemporary Catalan architecture and "Water Park" (ACTAR), founded and directed between 2003 and 2005 the magazine "Z Arquitectura." In May 2011, Iñaki Alday has been appointed Chair of the Department of Architecture and the Ellwood R. Quesada Professor of Architecture of the University of Virginia, as Full Professor (tenured).

Iñaki Alday is co-director of the Yamuna River Project. Alday's work is characterized by promoting a new attitude in response to the professional and academic challenges facing the transformation of our environment. Find the role of architecture and architects, as an interdisciplinary work and integration of scales, along with new non-traditional programs such as hybrid infrastructures. Social and environmental ethics are some of the challenges that must be faced with a global vision.

Margarita Jover Biboum (París, 1969) is a partner with Iñaki Alday of aldayjover arquitectura y paisaje, office founded in 1996 which deals with public works and landscape architecture with a careful and specific common approach to site. Among others, he has been awarded the FAD Award (2009), the European Prize for Urban Public Space (2002) and García Mercadal Award (2001 and 2005), besides being a finalist in the Spanish Architecture Biennial (2005 and 2009) or the Ibero- American Architecture Biennial (2004). She has been Project professor and Department of Interiors coordinator of BAU school between 1998 and 2009, visiting professor at several colleges, and maintains activity in several master teachers and specialization courses in different universities. Is the author of "Water Park" (ACTAR) and jury in awards such as Europan (2009) and FAD (2010).

Margarita Jover has been appointed Faculty Research in the University of Virginia, position to be taken in January 2012.

Natalia Gutiérrez, Julio de la Fuente. Gutiérrez - de la Fuente Arquitectos

Gutiérrez - de la Fuente Arquitectos office was founded in 2006 in Madrid by Natalia Gutiérrez and Julio de la Fuente. The founders studied Architecture at ETSAM (Madrid School of Architecture), and continued their training in Madrid, and Ateliers Jean Nouvel in Paris.

Natalia Gutiérrez was Member of the Young Architects Committee (2013), and the Ethics Committee (2010-2012) in the Professional Association of Architects in Madrid COAM. Currently Natalia combines the office with her position as city planner in a town of the Madrid Metropolitan Area. Curator Madrid/AUE pavilion in Seoul Biennale, 2019.

Julio de la Fuente was Member of the National Jury in the international competition Europan 12 Germany and Poland (Foreing Member of the German and Polish Jury 2013), and member of the Jury in Europan 14 Spain (2017). Now, he is Member of the Europan Europe Technical Committee (2013-).  COAM Official Correspondent in Germany (2015-17). Curator Madrid/AUE pavilion in Seoul Biennale, 2019.

Portrait by ©Davide Curatola.

Julia Morgan

Julia Morgan. The American architect Julia Morgan (1872-1957) was born in San Francisco, she was the first woman to study at the School of Fine Arts in Paris and the first architect from California. She began her studies at the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Berkeley, and she got a scholarship to the School of Fine Arts in Paris. When she returned to the United States, she began her architectural career, carrying out projects for John Galen Howard, most notably the Hearst Greek Theater at the University of Berkeley.

In 1904, she founded her own studio in San Francisco and carried out numerous projects influenced by the Beaux-Art style, with very diverse programs such as Merrill Hall, the Heritage Reiterement Community residence, the Derge House, Hearst's Roman Pool Castle, and public buildings.

Patricia Meneses

Patricia Meneses. San Luis Potosí, Mexico, 1976. Mexican architect for the ETS Arquitectura de Barcelona, ​​she founded her architecture firm in Barcelona, Studio Patricia Meneses, with the intention of exploring the relationship between art and function, integrating disciplines such as architecture, design, sculpture and installation. Studio Patricia Meneses is a space where young architects reflect, promote, investigate and act in different fields of contemporary expression.

With her architecture firm, she has developed a wide variety of projects in various countries such as Switzerland, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, the United States, Senegal, Mexico, Taiwan, among others, in which there are architectural, artistic, urban, landscape, creation of objects, exhibition design, scenography and costumes in which he researches and experiments with new ways of relating space, individual and society.

Her work has been awarded on multiple occasions by international institutions, among which the Design Vanguard Award, chosen among the Ten Young Architects of the World by the Architectural Record, New York; the Young Architects Forum Award by The Architects League of New York; two honorable mentions at AR Awards by Architectural Review, London; Special Award New Generation, Contract World Award Germany; the Young Architects of Spain Prize awarded by the Architects' Association of Catalonia, as well as the National Young Injuve Art Prize in the category of Architecture awarded by the Ministry of Culture of Spain, among many others. The extensive production of her projects has been recognized, exhibited and presented in various spaces around the world, such as the Royal Institute of British Architects London, the Architekturzentrum Vienna, the University of Alcalá de Henares, Spain, The Architects League of New York, Cittadella dei Musei, Università di Cagliari, Italy, the College of Architects of Catalonia, Spain, University of Westminster, London, La Biennale Internationale de design Saint Etienne, France, Arkitekternes Hus, Copenhagen, Denmark and 2010 Taipei Expo among many others. Her work has been published in the main international magazines and books, specialized in architecture and art.

Christina Luk. LUKSTUDIO

Christina Luk was born and brought up in Hong Kong. After graduated from the Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Toronto, Christina worked in Toronto and obtained her OAA architect license before relocated to Shanghai, China in 2007. In the past 10 years, Christina has been working in medium to big size projects as an architect and a project manager. She has accumulated all facets of the design and construction in a broad range of projects including urban planning, heritage conservation, mixed-used architectural complex, institutional, hospitality interiors and gallery exhibit design. Her strength is in articulating each client’s needs and leading her team to fulfill the potentials of each project. Christina founded Lukstudio in Shanghai in 2011, since then her team has created a portfolio that showcases a passion for materials and craftsmanship.

Elena Orte, Guillermo Sevillano. SUMA Arquitectura

SUMA arquitectura is an international studio based in Madrid, founded and led by Elena Orte and Guillermo Sevillano in 2005. It is formed by a multidisciplinary team of professionals who participate in the design process: architects, engineers, agronomists, landscape architects, experts in sustainability, architectural communication, sociologists, etc. They produces singular architectures that challenge the limits of traditional architecture.

Elena Orte and Guillermo Sevillano are rchitects graduated from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (ETSAM), Master in Advanced Architectural Design from the same school and from Columbia University in New York, respectively. They are currently professors at the Escuela Politécnica ETSA in Madrid and at the IAAC in Barcelona. They has participated in different exhibitions (IFEMA Madrid Fair, Matadero, EMVS, Fresh Madrid) and conferences in New York, Beijing, Austria, Turkey, Australia, Luxembourg, Latvia.

They has won several national and international competitions including the Gabriel García Márquez Library in Barcelona, the Library and Multipurpose Center of Fuerteventura (both called by municipalities), 91 public housing units in San Francisco Javier and 73 public housing units in San Sebastián de los Reyes (both for the municipal housing and land company of Madrid). They have also been selected and awarded prizes in competitions such as the Helsinki Central Library and the Verín Arts Center in Galicia. Also they has exhibitions (IFEMA Madrid Fair, Matadero, EMVS, Fresh Madrid) and conferences in New York, Beijing, Austria, Turkey, Australia, Luxembourg, Latvia. Recently, the Gabriel García Márquez Library received the NAN award for best equipment/large infrastructure.

Pascuala Campos de Michelena

Pascuala Campos de Michelena. Spanish architect Pascuala Campos de Michelena was born in 1938, in Sabiote, Jaén, but with a professional life linked to the city of Pontevedra. She was a professor in the Department of Architectural Projects at the Higher Technical School of Architecture of A Coruña and obtained her professorship in 1995 with the work on "Space and Gender," becoming the first female professor in the Spanish Schools of Architecture.

Among his most notable works are the Marín parish priest's house (1968), the Pais de Sanxenxo house, the public schools of Salcedo and Campañó (1971), the housing complex for the gypsy community in Campañó (1971–73), in collaboration with César Portela and the performance in Combarro.

In 2023, she received the COAG award from the Colexio de Arquitectos de Galicia for her professional career.

María González - Juanjo López de la Cruz. Sol89

Sol89. María González - Juanjo López de la Cruz. María (Huelva, 1975) and Juanjo (Sevilla, 1974) graduated from the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Sevilla in 2000,  tenth and third in their class of a total of 348 and awarded the highest grade in their Final Degree Projects, receiving both prizes in the 13th edition of the Dragados Final Project awards. After a one-year scholarship at L´École d´Architecture de Paris-la Seine in France, they worked for the Spanish architects Javier Terrados and Guillermo Vázquez Consuegra.

Following this experience they established their own office Sol89 in 2001, a practice in which they strive to accommodate research, teaching, and professional practice. Over the years, SOL89 has had the chance to carry out and build projects throughout intermediate spaces of the city as well as reuse obsolete structures. This work has been widely published in national and international magazines and journals and has received several awards, most recently: First prizes in the Architecture Awards of the Architectural Institute of Seville and Huelva (2006, 2015, and 2016), Silver Medal of the Fassa Bortolo Prize (Italy, 2013), the Wienerberger 1st Prize (Austria, 2014), Silver Medal of the Fritz-Höger Preis (Germany, 2014), the Grand Prix Philippe Rotthier of European Architecture (Belgium, 2014), 1st prize in the X Enor Young Architecture Award (Spain, 2014) and the 40under40 prize 2014 of the Chicago Athenaeum for Young European architects (USA, 2014). They are finalists of the Spanish Biennale of Architecture 2014,  they have been nominated for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture-Mies van der Rohe Award 2015 and chosen to represent Spain in the XV Biennale di Venezia 2016, winner of the Golden Lion.

They are Associate Professors at the Department of Design of the Architecture School in Seville since 2005 and Master's degrees in Architecture and Sustainable Cities, University of Seville 2008. Their professional and academic career also spans the field of architectural thought; They have published articles and spoken at conferences, as well as directed seminars and meetings, such as the International Congress dedicated to the work of Jørn Utzon for the Universidad Internacional de Andalucía (2009) and the annual seminars Acciones Comunes (2013, 2016 and 2017) for the Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo about artistic and architectural strategies. They are the coauthors of the books Cuaderno Rojo (University of Seville, 2010) and Acciones Comunes (Universidad Menéndez Pelayo, 2014), and authors of Proyectos Encontrados (Recolectores Urbanos, 2012) as well as El dibujo del mundo (Lampreave, 2014). In this order, these books are reflections on research in architectural design, the debris of contemporary architectural culture, and the idea of journey and drawing in the work of the Norwegian architect Sverre Fehn.

They have been curators of the XVI Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism, held in Seville in 2023.

Lina Ghotmeh

Lina Ghotmeh. Born in Beirut in 1980, she grew up in this millenary and cosmopolitan city marked by the stigmata of war. If she wanted to become an archaeologist, her studies at the Department of Architecture at the American University of Beirut, led her to question the traces, the memory, the space and the landscape differently by developing her projects with a profoundly sustainable approach. to the approach, according to its terms, of an "Archeology of the future". After graduating with the Azar and Areen awards, Lina continues her training at the Special School of Architecture in Paris where she becomes an associate professor between 2008 and 2015.

It is in London that she collaborates with Ateliers Jean Nouvel and Foster & Partners and that she wins, in 2005, the international competition of the National Estonian Museum. At this event, she co-founded the agency D.G.T Architects in Paris and leads, then with its partners Dorell and Tane, this great National Museum to its realization. Hailed unanimously by the international press and prestigiously awarded (Grand Prix Afex 2016, nominated for the Van der Rohe Award 2017), the museum has become emblematic of avant-garde architecture combining relevance and beauty of the gesture.

The approach of Lina Ghotmeh, imbued with extreme sensitivity, testifies in each of his proposals of his visionary vision and his libertarian spirit like the projects noticed: Really Masséna (winner of Réinventons Paris) or the complex of the El Khoury Stone Garden Foundation in Beirut.

With its multicultural experiences and strong involvement in the issues of his time, the architect is regularly invited to speak at conferences, juries or workshops in France and abroad. She is distinguished by several prizes including the Ajap prize in 2008, the Dejean prize from the 2016 Academy of Architecture.

By Christine Blanchet, Journalist, Art Historian
Photograph © Hannah Assouline
Lina Ghotmeh leads her practice Lina Ghotmeh — Architecture, a critically acclaimed, international firm of architects, designers, and researchers based in Paris. She carries her works in the world at the crossroad of Art, Architecture & Design. Echoing her lived experience of Beirut – a palimpsest of unrest – her designs are orchestrated as an "Archeology of the Future" where every project emerges in complete symbiosis with nature following a thorough historical and materially sensitive research investigation.

Ghotmeh’s projects include the Estonian National Museum (Grand Prix Afex 2016 & Mies Van Der Rohe Nominee); ‘Stone Garden’, crafted tower and gallery spaces in Beirut (Dezeen 2021 Architecture of the year Award), Lebanon; ‘Réalimenter Masséna’ wooden tower dedicated to sustainable food culture in Paris (laureate of Paris’ call for innovative projects), France; Ateliers Hermès in Normandy, first passive low carbon workshops building, in  France; Wonderlab exhibition in Tokyo and Beijing & Les Grands Verres for the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France.

She is Louis I Khan 2021 visiting professor at Yale School of Architecture in United States and Gehry Chair 2021–22 at the University of Toronto, Canada. She co-presides the Scientific Network for architecture in extreme climates and is was a member of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2022 Jury. Among Prizes, she was awarded in 2021 the 2020 Schelling Architecture Prize, has received the 2020 Tamayouz ‘Woman of Outstanding Achievement’, the French Fine Arts Academy Cardin Award 2019, the Architecture Academy Dejean Prize 2016 and the French Ministry of Culture Award in 2008.



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