The firm's work has been carried out mainly on the basis of important awards in conceptual competitions. The projects have been developed looking for quality solutions at each stage, a strong coherence between all aspects of the project and a particular attention to details obtained through absolute control of materials and technological solutions.
Their works have been exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2000, 2002 and 2006; at the ON-SITE: New Architecture in Spain exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA); and in the biennial of Spanish architecture in 1997, 1999, 2001, 2007 and 2009.
As for prizes, they have been awarded numerous prizes, among which are: The International Spanish Architecture Prize 2017, The Spanish Architecture Prize 2013, finalist in the Mies van der Rohe Prize in 2001 and 2009, first prize in the AIT Awards 2012 and 2014, Awarded in 2016 in the XIII Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism as well as in the X Ibero-American Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism.
José Morales is a Professor in the Department of Architectural Projects at the University of Seville since 2004. He founded the architecture studio MGM Morales, Giles, Mariscal in 1987.
He has been a visiting professor at various universities, including: Technnische Universitat de Berlín (Germany), Universidad Internacional de Catalunya, Barcelona (Spain), Escola da Cidade. Sao Paulo. (Brazil), School of Architecture of Nancy (France), University of Montevideo, (Uruguay), University of Navarra ETSA of Pamplona (Spain); Ecole d ’architecture de Paris Val de Seine (France), University of Applied Sciences Hochschule de Bochum (Germany).
He has been curator of the XIV Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism together with Sara de Giles.
Sara de Giles Dubois is a PhD architect and Professor of Architectural Projects at the ETSA in Seville since 1998. Since then she has shared an architecture studio with José Morales, as a main partner, at MGM Arquitectos.
She has been a visiting professor and lecturer at various universities, including: International University of Catalonia, Barcelona, ENSA Paris Val de Seine (France). Escola da Cidade. Sao Paulo. (Brazil), Ryerson University, Toronto (Canada), University of Montevideo, (Uruguay), University of Applied Sciences Hochschule de Bochum (Germany), USAT de Chiclayo (Peru), School of Architecture of Cuenca (Ecuador).
She has been curator of the XIV Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism together with José Morales.
Giancarlo Mazzanti (1963, Barranquill, Colombia) is the director of El Equipo de Mazzanti. He studied Architecture at University of Javeriana in Bogotá, 1987, with PhD in History and Theory in Architecture and Industrial Design, 1991, at University of Florence, Italy.
He has been professor at University of Javeriana, Andes and Tadeo Lozano in Bogotá. He has participated as speaker at University of Princeton, Pratt, Yale, Berkeley, Venize, Monterrey, Buenos Aires, Católica del Perú among others.
He has been awarded as winner of the XX Bienal Colombiana de Arquitectura in the public spaces category in 2006, in the Bienal Iberoamericana in the Best Architecture Building category in 2008 and in the Bienal Panamericana de Arquitectura in the architecture design category in 2008.
ARX Portugal, Founded in 1991 by Nuno Mateus e José Mateus. In 1993, ARX was the subject of the exhibition "Real Reality" which opened the cycle of Exhibitions of Architecture of CCB. Since then it has participated in numerous exhibitions. Highlights the Exhibition "ARX - Arquivo / Archive" at the Centro Cultural de Belém, inserted under the celebrations of its 20 years.
Nuno Mateus, graduated in Architecture from Faculdade de Arquitectura / Universidade Técnica de Lisboa (FAUTL) in 1984 and completed in 1987 the "Master of Science in Architecture and Building Design" at Columbia University in New York. Together with José Mateus, founded in 1991 ARX Portugal Arquitectos. Ph.D. in Architecture at Faculdade de Arquitetura / Universidade Técnica de Lisboa (FAUTL), 2013. Guest Associate Professor at Faculdade de Arquitetura / Universidade Técnica de Lisboa and at Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa. Was Director of the Department of Architecture of Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa between 2004 and 2007. Lecturer in several conferences on the work of ARX Portugal in Portugal and in several institutions around the world. Worked previously with Peter Eisenman in New York (1987-1991) and Daniel Libeskind in Berlin (1991).
José Mateus, graduated in Architecture from Faculdade de Arquitectura / Universidade Técnica de Lisboa (FAUTL) in 1986. Together with Nuno Mateus, founded in 1991 ARX Portugal Arquitectos. Guest Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), in Lisbon. Ph.D. candidate in Architecture at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST). President of the Director's Board of Lisbon Architecture Triennale, was also Executive Director of the events Trienal 2007 and Trienal 2010. Is also currently a member of Babel’s Editorial Board and a member of the Experts Group of the advisory board to the Art in the Lisbon’s Public Space. Was President of the Southern Regional Assembly of the Ordem dos Arquitectos (2008-2010), as well as Vice President of the Direction of the same Regional Section (2005-2007). Was Author/Coordinator of the magazine Linha (Architecture, Design and Landscape) of the weekly newspaper Expresso. Was also author/coordinator of the two television series Tempo & Traço for SIC Notícias Channel. Lecturer in Portugal and in several institutuions around the world. He took part of the jury of the Architecture Prize of São Paulo Biennial in 2003, Europan Spain 2007, ArchiFad 2011 and Experts Board to European Prize for Urban Public Space 2012.
The creativity and aesthetic understanding of the office has been reflected in homes, residential complexes and mixed-use buildings, as well as in the conceptualization and promotion of projects of different types in the field of graphic design, industrial and corporate image.
The philosophy of C Cubic has been based on finding a balance between form and function in each of its projects.
In 2009, the firm founded Design Week Mexico, an annual event that celebrates and promotes Mexican architecture and design in the international arena. In 2015, in a collaboration with the government of Mexico City, Design Week México obtains the headquarters of World Design Capital for 2018. This type of event positions Mexico and the participants at the international level.
About the name
According to Jose Luis Borges short story, the Aleph contains all possibilities, objects, and events, of past, present and future, from all perspectives, observable through a single point hidden in the attic of Carlos Argentino Daneri. It is the conformation of infinity, everything contained in an infinitesimal and recursive part, since the Aleph also contains an Aleph, which contains another Aleph, successively.
Zero is the invention of nothingness, the composition of the object does not exist, the perversion of numbers, it is the conformation of the void. Once reached it is so unstable, so close to doing rhizome that soon connects itself and acquires value. The zero is the minimum factor of possibility for all other things.
In set theory of Georg Cantor (1845-1918) Aleph is the letter used to denote the size (cardinality) of infinite sets. Aleph Zero is the first infinite cardinal, in which are included the prime numbers, integers, rational numbers, algebraic numbers, finite binary strings and finite subsets of any countable infinite.
Aleph Zero represents, conceptually, the differentiation of the infinite, of the indefinite, the possibility of making comparable what is immeasurable, to conform emptiness, potential for all events. More than void and infinity by themselves, we are interested in the different ways in which concepts can be decomposed and recomposed in general.
To us, Philosophy, Art, Literature, and Architecture itself, take part in a constant pursuit for distinct elements that intensify the critical reflection based on the understanding of reality, the capability to generate alternatives, and the pertinence of a certain desire to a specific place/time/culture.
There is no conformation a priori, instead, there is perversion. The design is understood as a process where dissonant forces are nourished and forced to collide, settling down new oblique ways which, therefore, are attacked and questioned, becoming after each cycle more consistent, until the moment when they begin to converge towards a common direction, consonant with the initially (re)imagined concept-desire.
Vincent Parreira was born in the summer of 1969, last academic degree earned in 1995 at the UPA-Paris La Villette, he settles his office aavp architecture in Paris in 2000. Then architecture becomes for him a acquisition tool, a support for expression, for cultural and social involvement, for political participation, always without compromise. From the memory of places, from territory complexity and beauty, to people’s life practicing architecture can’t be done without love and rage.
While facing each project, Wutopia Lab's practices are promoted to show different innovative strategies, thinking modes and forms. Wutopia Lab is committed to comprehensive design, not only to complete the concept and deepen of buildings, but also focuses on early planning and analysis along with landscape and interior design. Wutopia Lab also has the capacity to coordinate and collaborate different types of departments and on-site construction.
COBE is a limited liability company owned by Founder and Creative Director Dan Stubbergaard. COBE is a progressive and contemporary community of architects that focuses on architecture and design – from buildings to public space, to large scale urban planning. In 2005 Dan Stubbergaard and Vanessa Miriam Carlow founded COBE. The name COBE is derived from the two cities the founders are coming from - COpenhagen and BErlin. Since its establishment, COBE has gained international recognition through the realization of beautiful and innovative projects.
Today, COBE is two separate companies - one seated in Copenhagen (COBE ApS headed by Dan Stubbergaard), and one in Berlin (COBE Berlin GmbH headed by Prof. Dr. Vanessa Miriam Carlow). The two offices have shared a number of projects in the past, and apart from developing projects individually, they continue to share and collaborate on selected projects - also in the future.
COBE is situated in a refurbished warehouse centrally located on the Copenhagen harbor front, and currently employs approximately 50 dedicated architects, urban planners and administrative staff of different nationalities.
COBE is run by a management team consisting of Dan Stubbergaard and a core team of Project and Administration Managers. Together, they are responsible for the company’s overall development and strategic long-term goals.
All projects are developed in project teams, made up of a mix of senior and junior architects, which are led by a Project Manager. Cross-disciplinary teamwork is central in our working method and each project team cooperates with a wide range of external experts in order to obtain the best opportunities and potential towards finding innovative solutions in each particular project.
 Nykredit’s Architecture Prize. Nykredit Foundation.
MIPIM Award - Best Refurbished Building. The Library Marché International des Professionnels de l'Immobilier.
 Copenhagen Award for Architecture - Best Public Building. The Library. City of Copenhagen.
 The Golden Lion. Best National Pavilion. International Venice Biennale of Architecture.