Carme Pinós i Desplat graduated with a degree in architecture from the school of Architecture in Barcelona (ETSAB) in 1979. In the mid 1980s the architectural proposals she developed in partnership with Enric Miralles obtained recognition in several architectural competitions. In 1991 she set up her own studio and since then she has combined her activity as an architect with teaching as a guest professor at different universities such as the Graduate Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation de Columbia University (1999), the École Polytechnique Féderale of Lausanne (2001-02), the Graduate School of Design of Harvard University (2003), the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio (2005-06) o la Universitá di Roma Tre (2007-08).
Her built work and projects have been exhibited at several galleries and museums. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York and the Centre Pompidou in Paris hold models of her projects in their permanent collections. Her work has been published in several monographs (Actar, 1998: Monacelli Press 2004; “Documentos de Arquitectura”, nº 60, 2006). In 2008 she received the National Prize for Architecture and Urban Space from the Catalan Government in recognition of her entire professional career.
Among the many awards obtained, we can mention the COAM Architecture Award by the Valdelaguna City Council (1987) or the García Mercadal Award from the Official College of Architects of Aragón for the construction of the Aragón Library in Zaragoza, a work that was a finalist for the Mies van der Rohe Award from the European Community (1991). In the same year, both the Valdelaguna City Council and the Zaragoza Library are selected by an international jury among the twenty best Works of the 1980s in Spain. In 1994 he obtained the “Europa Nostra” Award and Medal from the European Community for the Restoration of the Palacio de Linares in Madrid and the Rehabitec Diploma from the Institute of Construction Technology of Catalonia for the Rehabilitation of the Casa de las Conchas in Salamanca.
In addition to those mentioned above, notable works in the Community of Madrid include the Faculty of Pharmacy in Alcalá de Henares, a residential building in the neighborhood of La Elipa, the House of Culture in Ciempozuelos, the Cultural Center in Guadarrama and the Cemetery of Camarma de Esteruelas. Chapter to review are his libraries; Those already mentioned, Zaragoza and the Casa de las Conchas in Salamanca, are followed by the Science Library at the University of Salamanca or the 2nd prize for the rehabilitation of the Complutense University Library (2007).