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César Portela

César Portela. Born in Pontevedra in 1937, César Portela studied Architecture at the Superior Technical Schools of Architecture in Madrid and Barcelona. Two years after his graduation, in 1966, he obtained a doctor's degree.

In his extensive career, construction works stand out, such as the Córdoba Bus Station, which earned him, in 1999, the National Architecture Award; the Central Station of Valencia, the Natural History Museum of Galicia, the Palace of Congresses and Leisure and the Domus Building, in A Coruña; the Fisterra Municipal Cemetery, the Cádiz Railway Station; the Palacio Auditorio Mar de Vigo and the Airport Terminal of said city; the Togamura Ethnographic Museum, in Japan, and the Sharm El-Sheik Control Tower, in Egypt, among others.

He has also projected interventions in public spaces, such as the Cabo Fisterra Master Plan, the rehabilitation of San Simón Island or the Special Plan for intervention in Pazo de Oca and its surroundings, recognized in 1981 with the National Urbanism Award. . To these recognitions are added distinctions and honors from various national and international institutions.

Visiting professor at numerous universities and institutions around the world -among them, the Superior School of Architecture of Pamplona, Nancy, Caracas, Lisbon and Weimar-, he has also directed various seminars and architecture workshops, some as relevant as the one directed in collaboration with Aldo Rossi in Santiago de Compostela (1974), the international architecture workshops in Naples, Seville, Barcelona, Belfort, Caracas, the IV Santander Architecture Biennial; the Seminar on Culture and Nature: Architecture and Landscape, dependent on the Menéndez Pelayo University, on the Island of San Simón, and the direction of the Architecture Seminar of the University of Weimar. He has been a professor of Projects for 20 years at the Higher Technical School of Architecture of Galicia.


Ángela García de Paredes (1958) and Ignacio García Pedrosa (1957) are architects by the Architecture School of Madrid, where they teach. Invited professors in other spanish and foreign universities for teaching, critics and speakers. In 1990 they founded Paredes Pedrosa Studio, after collaborating with José María García de Paredes for several years.

They are authors of, among other works, the Valdemaqueda Town Hall, Valle Inclán Theatre in Madrid, the Archaelogical Museum of Almería, Peñíscola Auditorium, La Olmeda Roman Ville, Ceuta Library or the Lugo Auditorium. Their work has been recognized with the 2007 Spanish Architecture National Award, ar+d Award, Europan II and IV, Europa Nostra, Madrid Architecture Award, Mansilla Award, Gold Medal International Prize for Sustainable Architecture, Mediterranean Sustaniable Architecture Award and 'Golden Medal for the Merit in Fine Arts' 2014, given by the Culture and Sports Spanish Ministery. Their work has been exhibited in many national and international architecture biennials.

María Hurtado de Mendoza Wahrolén, César Jiménez de Tejada Benavides. estudio_entresitio

estudio.entresitio is a Madrid-NY base practice, founded by María Hurtado de Mendoza Wahrolén and César Jiménez de Tejada Benavides that is invested in the material actualization of the architectural concept. The practice has extensive building experience with an emphasis on public work that utilizes novel solutions to the functional and necessary without sacrificing the creative or exploratory.

An international award-winning firm was selected in 2007 as Design Vanguard by Architectural Record helping its work to be published and seen in many countries. Entresitio’s constructed work has received more than 30 awards and honourable mentions. The firm participated in the 10th and 11th Spanish Biennial, the 7th BIAU (Iberoamerican Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism), twice in the Venice Biennale (2000 and 2006), the Barbara Cappochin Biennale 2011 and more, and received the ArchDaily “Building of the Year 2012” in the health care category, for its healthcare centres trilogy of San Blas+Usera+Villaverde, Madrid.

Maria and César worked together since 1993, Jose Maria joined them in 2003 after 4 years of working for Rafael Moneo and Alvar entered the studio in 2007.

Both Maria and César teach architectural design on regular basis, César at the Madrid School of Architecture (ETSAM) and Maria in the US, currently at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) after a couple of semesters at Cornell University.

Llorente/Ricart/Ros/Tudó. Harquitectes

Harquitectes is a team of architects which include David Llorente (ETSAV-UPC, 2000), Xavier Ros (ETSAV-UPC, 1998), Josep Ricart (ETSAV-UPC, 1999) and Roger Tudó (ETSAV-UPC, 1999). They combine professional practice and university teaching in national schools. Their work has been exhibited in many expositions and lectures both in Spain and abroad.


2018.- Premio ‘Detail Prize 2018’
2018.- Premio ‘XII Premios NAN’
2018.- Premiado en la ‘XIV BEAU’ Bienal Española de Arquitectura y Urbanismo.
2018.- ‘Premio Ciudad de Barcelona 2017’
2018.- Premio ex aequo de ‘Arquitectura de Ladrillo Hispalyt XIV’
2017.- Premio ‘Mapei a la edificación sostenible’
2017.- Premio ‘BB Construmat 2017’
2017.- Premio AD 2017 Architects of the year
2016.- Premio ‘Mostra Arquitectura Vallès’
2016.- Premio ‘Wienerberger Brick Award 2016’.
2016.- Premiado en la ‘X BIAU’ Bienal Iberoamericana de Arquitectura y Urbanismo.
2016.- Premiado en la ‘XIII BEAU’ Biennal Espanyola d’Arquitectura i Urbanisme.
2016.- Premio de Arquitectura de Ladrillo Hispalyt XIII Edició.
2016.- Premio ‘Catalunya Construcció’ 2016.
2015.- 1r ‘Premio Ugo Rivolta’ 2015.
2015.- Premio FAD de la opinión 2015.
2015.- Premio ‘Catalunya Construcció’ 2015.
2014.- Premio ‘Archmarathon’ 2014.
2014.- Premio de Arquitectura de Cerámica ‘Fritz Höger Preis’ categoría de vivienda Winner Gold
2013.- 1er ‘Premio A+’ al Mejor Proyecto de Arquitectura Sostenible.
2013.- ‘Premio A+ Extraordinario al Estudio Joven más Prometedor’
2012.-  Sacyr Innovación Award for ICTA-ICP Building 1102.
2012.- AJAC 2012 Award for university dwellings in Sant Cugat dle Vallès.
2012.- Hise 2012 excelencia a la innovación Award, for 712 house.
2012.- FAD 2012 Award, 712 house.
2011.- ENOR Arquitectura Joven Award for 704 Gimnasium.

Pep Ripoll, Juan Miguel Tizón. Ripoll Tizón

Ripoll Tizón is an architecture studio founded in 2002 by Pep Ripoll and Juan Miguel Tizón.

Pep Ripoll and Juan Miguel Tizón are architects from the Barcelona School of Architecture. Since 2002 they have shared a professional studio, combining the development of public and private promotion projects with participation in national and international architecture competitions.

They have won numerous awards in architecture competitions, among others, the first prizes for the rehabilitation of the Sa Vinyeta building in Menorca, the rehabilitation of the building of the Ministry of Health and Consumption and the Arquia-banking office, both in Palma, and several residential buildings of public promotion in Mallorca and Ibiza.

Their built work has received numerous awards, including the 2015 Gubbio Award for the best intervention in historic centers in Europe, the Ciutat de Palma Award in 2013 and 2019, the 2013 NAN Award for the best residential construction project, the APLUS 2013 Award for the best architecture project for housing, the 2011-13 Mallorca Architecture Award for the best residential work and the 2005-08 Menorca Architecture Award for the best work. They have been finalists in the 2013 FAD Awards, in the XII Spanish Architecture and Urbanism Biennial 2013, in the 2013 and 2016 Ugo Rivolta European Architecture Prize, in the 2013 Barbara Cappochin International Architecture Biennial and in the 2014 Mallorca Architecture Awards -2016.

Their work has been selected and exhibited at the International Architecture Biennial of Argentina 2016, at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2012, and widely disseminated in the main national and international architecture publications.

Enrique Arenas, Luis Basabe and Luis Palacios. ARENAS BASABE PALACIOS Arquitectos

arenas basabe palacios arquitectos was founded in 2006. Since then they have won several architecture and urban prizes. They frequently give lectures and teach at different universities and institutions. They have presented their work and research in many exhibitions around Europe. Their projects have been published in many countries including Germany, Austria, the UK, France, Korea, India and Spain.

Enrique Arenas Laorga (1974), architect graduated from ETSAM (Madrid). He has developed projects in very different areas: rehabilitation, housing, institutional and events. He has held lectures at several academic institutions and is now a researcher at ETSAM. He teaches at IED Madrid.

Luis Basabe Montalvo (1975), architect graduated from TU Graz. Since 2003 he teaches design studio at ETSAM, where he is also working on his PhD. He was a guest researcher and faculty at various Universities: RWTH Aachen (Germany), Cambridge (UK) and CEPT Ahmedabad (India).

Luis Palacios Labrador (1983), architect graduated from ETSAM (Madrid, 2009) with and Master's in Advanced Innovation and Technology (ETSAM, 2011). Since 2010 he teaches design studio at ETSAM, where he is also developing his PhD. He worked in the Netherlands and, as a teacher, he has held lectures and workshops in India and UK.


Amann, Cánovas, Maruri, architecture firm established by: Atxu Amann Alcocer, Andrés Cánovas Alcaraz and Nicolás Maruri Mendoza.

Atxu Amann Alcocer. Madrid 1961. Architect by the ETSA of Madrid. Doctorate from ETSAM with outstanding Cum Llaude, 2007. Urban Planning Technician from the Urban Studies Center of I.E.A.L. (M.A.P.) Scholar of the Technische Hoschule of Darmstadt (Germany) in CAAD. Director of the magazine Arquitectos. Director of the Postgraduate courses in Editorial Design for the European Social Fund. Professor in the postgraduate courses of Editorial Graphic Design at the Faculty of Fine Arts of Madrid. Professor of the Department of Architectural Graphic Ideation of ETSAM

Andrés Cánovas Alcaraz. Cartagena 1958. Architect by the School of Architecture of Madrid. Prometheus Scholarship at Tecniche Hoschule. Darmstatd. Germany. Director of the "Monographs of Architects" Collection. Director of the "Monographs of Buildings" Collection, Director of the "Crítica de Arquitectura" Collection, Director and editor of the magazine Arquitectos, 1987-2006, Professor of the CSDM of the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Faculty of Fine Arts of the Complutense University, European Design Institute, Coordinator of several postgraduate courses in Graphic Design Editorial in the Faculty of Fine Arts, the European Institute of Design and the European Social Fund. Faculty of Fine Arts, UCM, Professor of the Master of Aesthetics and Theory of Arts of the Autonomous University, Professor of Design Master of the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Salamanca, Professor of the Master of Intervention in the Heritage of the ETSAM Professor of the Tourism Master of the UPC of Barcelona.

He has been secretary of the Final Project Project Tribunal at ESTAM. UPM. Deputy Director of the Spanish Architecture Biennial. Director of the Summer Course at the University of Almería. Visiting Professor at the Universities of Salamanca, San Sebastián, La Coruña, Seville, Navarra, Valencia, Polytechnic of Cartagena, SEK of Segovia, Alfonso X, Advanced Architecture Institute of Barcelona, ​​Polytechnic University of Catalonia, London AA, Montpellier, Rome Tre , Calgliari, Toulouse, Javeriana from Bogotá, Chicago IIT and Arizona CAPLA. He is a professor of Projects of the ETSAM Academic Coordinator of the MCH of the ETSAM. UPM and Director of the Projects area. Professor of the subject "Sociology of Housing".

Nicolás Maruri Mendoza. Madrid 1961. Architect by the School of Architecture of Madrid. Doctorate from ETSAM with outstanding Cum Llaude, 2007. Prometheus Scholarship at Tecniche Hoschule Darmstatd. Germany. Master's Degree in Building from Columbia University. NY. He is a professor in the Projects Department of ETSAM. He has been: Secretary of the Court of the ETSAM End-of-Degree Project and Visiting Professor at the University of Arizona. He has given conferences in London AA, San Sebastian, SEK of Segovia.

Carmen Espegel

Carmen Espegel is a Professor of Architectural Projects at the School of Architecture of the Polytechnic University of Madrid (ETSAM-UPM). Her research focuses mainly on housing, women in architecture, and architectural criticism. She directs the Collective Housing Research Group GIVCO.

At the academic level, she has taught in Italy, the United States, Belgium, Holland, Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina, both at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She was Deputy Director of International Relations at the ETSAM between 2005 and 2008. Her critical thinking is reflected in books, including Carmen Espegel. Textos Críticos (2022), Atlas de los Poblados Dirigidos (2021), Donne Architetto nel Movimento Moderno (2021), Women Architects in the Modern Movement (2018), Aires Modernos, E.1027: Maison en bord de mer de Eileen Gray y Jean Badovici (2010) and Heroínas del espacio (2008).

José María de Lapuerta, Paloma Campo. DL+A Arquitectos

DL+A is an architectural office directed by José María de Lapuerta and Paloma Campo with a 25-years long career in professional practice of architecture, engineering and interior design also related to research and teaching. Our regular team gets completed by usual collaborations with engineering firms such as OVE ARUP, Úrculo Engineering, Valladares Engineering, Gogaite, Calconsa, etc.

Our works have been recognised with the most outstanding awards and, most of them, have been published in prestigious professional magazines: Two works selected in different Spanish Architecture Biennials, Madrid City Council Awards, Finalists in FAD Awards, Two prizes in EUROPAN competition, three works awarded by Offitial order of Architects of Madrid. It should be highlighted as well the obtaining of LEED Gold Certification for sustainable building for the first time in Spain in Coca-Cola Headquarters. Currently developing the projecto of the first school building in Spain with Passivhaus certificate, and near to Zero consumption building that wont have connextion to electrical supply company.

Betsaida Curto Reyes

Betsaida Curto Reyes is an architect and co-founder of the non-profit organization Community Beyond Construction. Its mission is to improve access to education by building safe and well-designed schools and learning spaces.

Community Beyond Construction works with local communities, governments, and international actors working in remote areas to help design and build schools in resource-poor environments. Ultimately, CBC aims to help provide better access to well-designed learning spaces for communities that have little or no school infrastructure. 

Their way of working is centered on their team's core values, experience, and expertise in anthropology, architecture, engineering, and construction. They design and build schools together with the community and invest time in truly understanding local needs. CBC's activities include ethnographic research; design workshops; architectural and engineering design; project development; construction management and skills training.

Ander Bados Sesma

Ander Bados Sesma (Bilbao, 1991) is the co-founder of the architecture firm AMAO estudio, which won the Arquia prize at the VII Festival of 2020. He obtained his degree in architecture from ETSA in Coruña and FAUP in Porto in 2016. He worked in Portugal and Peru between 2016 and 2020 to return to Bilbao and found his professional studio in 2020.

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.



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