Open and multipurpose space. Julia Powell Sports Hall by Rojo/Fernández-Shaw

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Project team
Luis Moreda, Franco Gilardi.
Quantity surveyor.- Jaime Santos.
Stuctural consultant.- Alberto Palomino.
Environmental conditioning consultant.- Suma.
Passive House Architects.- Javier Alonso.
Landscape architects.- Agronatur, Ingenieros S.L.
Runnymede College.
Ortiz Construcciones y Proyectos, S.A.
Construction.- 2021.
C/ Salvia 40, La Moraleja, Alcobendas, Madrid. Spain.

Begoña Fernández-Shaw, Luis Rojo de Castro. Rojo/Fernández-Shaw arquitectos

Rojo / Fernández-Shaw arquitectos is an architecture firm based in Madrid, Spain, founded in partnership by the architects María Begoña Fernández-Shaw Zulueta and Luis Rojo de Castro in 1994.

The firm has oriented its practice to the design and construction of public works, architectural competitions and academic research. They have been awarded in several architecture competitions, like the Auditorium in Guadalajara, the Centre for the Arts in Alicante, the Industrial Research Laboratories in Arnedo, a Sports Centre in Alcazar de San Juan, or a Public Housing Project in Ciudad Real. Their work has been published in a number of professional journals, among which stand Revista Arquitectura, AV, On Design, Tectónica, Detail, L'Industria de la Construzione, Space, Summa, On Arquitectura and others, and it has also been selected for the Spanish Architecture Bienale, the Biennale di Venezia and the FAD prize.

They are currently involved in the construction of the new Faculty of Sciences for the UNED University in Las Rozas, Madrid, as well as the International Center for Economic and Social Studies in Majadahonda, Madrid. They have recently completed the Sports Center of Alcazar de San Juan, Ciudad Real. Their entry for the Competition of a New Covered Swimming-pool in Saint-Prex, Switzerland, was awarded in 2015, as well as a proposal of a New Campus for the Runnymede College, Madrid, in 2016 and currently under construction.

Begoña Fernández-Shaw obtained a degree in architecture from the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid en 1987 and a Master in Architecture from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. In 2001 she was appointed Adjunct Secretary to EUROPAN/Spain.

Luis Rojo de Castro graduated from the Higher Technical School of Architecture of Madrid in 1987, beginning his academic work as a professor in the Department of Architectural Projects of this School in 1992. He is currently a Professor of Projects. Luis Rojo is PhD in Architecture from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, where he read the thesis "Obsessive Metaphors and Ideograms in Le Corbusier's architecture."

Having received the Fulbright Scholarship in 1987, he obtained a Master in Architecture at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University in 1989. Rojo has been Visiting Professor in the Core Program of the Department of Architecture of the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University between 1994 and 1998, teaching Option Studios in Architecture in 2002, 2006 and 2011, between 1999 and 2012 Visiting Professor in the Department of Theory and History of the School of Architecture of the University of Navarra; in 2016 he Visiting Professor of Architecture at the City College of New York and in 2019 at the Department of Architecture, China Academy of Arts. Rojo has been co-editor of CIRCO COOP magazine since its founding in 1992.

As a result of his professional and academic research, the works of Rojo / Fernández-Shaw have been published in professional magazines such as A + U, El Croquis, Cassabella, Rassegna, Tectónica, Revista Arquitectura, CIRCO, Arquitectura Ibérica, AV, Space, On Design, Detail, etc. They have given lectures on their work at the Harvard School of Design Cambridge MASS, the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Navarra, the Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya, the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois Chicago ILL, the Leibniz Universität Hannover School of Architecture, the Escuela of Architecture of the Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne (EPFL), the BAS School of Architecture at the City College of New York, The Cooper Union (NY), the College of Architecture and Urban Planning of the University of Tonji, Shanghai, the School of Architecture of the China Academy of Arts, the Fachhochshule at Postdam University of Arts and Sciences and the College of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Zhejiang University.



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