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Twelve Spanish architects who succeed in the world:

It’s a highly valued profession outside Spain but reviled on home soil. The unemployment rate in the profession is close to 50%, and among those who manage to work, they do so in very precarious conditions. Many have decided to go abroad, with more or less success, in search of a better future.

Some have managed to carve out a present for themselves outside our borders while others are still trying. Some have decided to return, but some succeed and enjoy great international prestige. Very few are lucky, but they have names that are leaving an architectural mark and a particular way of understanding architecture wherever they go.

They direct and teach at the best architecture schools in the world. New York, Zurich, Berlin, London, Shanghai… enjoying in many cases a prestige that has been denied to them in Spain. But it hasn’t been easy. They have had to make titanic efforts to make their way out of Spain. In countries where legal insecurity and restrictions on the creation of companies are common. (…)

  1. Alfredo Muñoz

He is one of the promises of Spanish architecture. Despite his youth – he was born in 1979 – he has lectured in various cultural centers of global importance such as Columbia University in New York. He has also shared his ideas and experiences at the University of Pennsylvania (USA); the European University of Madrid (Spain), the Pescara University (Italy), the Stockholm Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden) or the Tongji University in Shanghai, among others. He has lived in Europe, the Middle East, India, Japan and the United States. He is an architect in Spain (ETSAM) and an International Associate of the American Institute of Architects. He has worked for internationally renowned architects such as Alberto Campo Baeza (Spain), Iñaki Abalos & Juan Herreros (Spain), Toyo Ito (Japan) or Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (USA) as a designer, branch manager, associate and project manager.

  1. Iñaki Alday

A founding partner with Margarita Jover of Aldayjover Arquitectura y Paisaje, he was appointed in June 2011 Professor and Director of the Department of Architecture at the University of Virginia. The studio was founded in 1996 and since then they have been authors of emblematic landscape works such as the Water Park (Zaragoza, 2008) and the Recovery of the Gallego Riverbanks (Zuera, 2001), of urban public space such as the Tram Integration (Zaragoza, 2011) and architecture such as the El Molino Cultural Centre (Utebo, 2004) or the DHC Power Plant (Zaragoza, 2008). In September 2011, Aldayjover Arquitectura y Paisaje opened an office in Charlottesville (Virginia).

  1. Alejandro Zaera-Polo

He is currently the Dean of the Princeton School of Architecture, where he has been a Professor since 2008. His academic activity has been very intense: director of the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam, president of the Berlage at the Technical University of Delft, as well as the winner of the Norman R. Foster Chair at Yale University. He is co-founder of AZPML, based in London and Barcelona. He graduated from the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid with honors and obtained the GSD MARCH2 degree from Harvard. He worked at OMA’s headquarters in Rotterdam before founding FOA in 1993, and AZPA in 2011, the offices where he has developed his professional activity internationally.

  1. Iñaki Ábalos

He was born in San Sebastian in 1956 but studied in Madrid. For several years he was a Professor-in-residence at Harvard University, where he has directed, since the summer of 2013, the Architecture Department at the Graduate School of Design (GSD) of this University. His works include the AVE station in Logroño and the remodeling of the Tàpies Foundation. Last year, the studio he started with the Polish architect Renata Sentkiewicz, Ábalos+Sentkiewicz Architects, won the competition to build a Museum of Contemporary Art in Zhuhai, in southern China. In an interview with the daily El País he said about the forced emigration of thousands of architects from Spain: “I don’t think crises are a great opportunity. They are a great misfortune”.

  1. Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano

They are architects who graduated from the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid and Columbia University in New York, USA. They are professors of Architectural Design at the School of Architecture of the European University of Madrid (UEM) and the Universität der Künste of Berlin (UdK). They are also the founding partners of Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos. They have given lectures and classes in Spanish and international Universities and Institutions: Sendai Media Library, (Japan), University of Cottbus (Germany), University of Stuttgart (Germany); Columbia, Texas, Austin (USA), are just a few examples. His works and projects have been published in various Spanish and international publications and have formed part of different exhibitions, including the Venice Biennale, the Spanish Architecture Biennale, MoMA New York and a very long list of others.

  1. Alberto Campo Baeza

Born in Valladolid in 1946, he has been Professor of Architectural Design at the Madrid School of Architecture since 1986. He has taught at ETH Zürich, EPFL Lausanne and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, as well as in Dublin, Ithaca, New York, Paris, Naples, Virginia and Copenhagen, among other cities. He spent a year researching at Columbia University in New York in 2001 and again in 2011.

  1. Juan Herreros

Like many other professional colleagues, he combines architecture with teaching. He is Professor of PFC at the ETSAM and Full Professor at Columbia University in New York. Part of his professional career started with Iñaki Ábalos in 1984. They formed the renowned Ábalos & Herreros. In 2006 he created the Herreros Arquitectos studio.

  1. Antón García-Abril

Born in Madrid in 1969, he founded Ensamble Studio in 2000. He holds a European Doctorate in Architecture. He has a long career in Academia. He has been a visiting Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) in 2011, the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 2010 and Cornell University in 2008. He has taught and lectured at universities and institutions around the world, including the Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart, the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf, AA in London, the Instituto Cervantes in Chicago and the Bienne Forum de l’architecture. He was also Associate Professor at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (E.T.S.A.M.-U.P.M.) for a decade. In 1996 he was awarded the Rome Prize by the Spanish Academy.

  1. Miguel Oriol and Icaza

Founder of E.A.3 Técnicos Asociados, his career has been focused on the construction of private developments in residential and office buildings, shopping centers, hotels and private residences. In recent years he has worked in the USA, Poland and Mexico. In Mexico, he designed and built the house of the president of Televisa, in Valle Bravo, 150 kilometers from Mexico City, one of the most cosmopolitan residential areas in the country, similar to La Moraleja in Madrid.

  1. Cesar Ruiz Larrea

He is currently developing his work in China and Qatar. He is a member and advisor of the institutions related to architecture in Spain. In 1997 he partnered with Antonio Gómez Gutiérrez and they created the architectural firm Ruiz-Larrea & Asociados. In a decade of work, this firm has been responsible for a wide range of projects from urban planning, civic and cultural buildings, office and residential buildings, private housing and architectural design products. In 2005 the studio was selected to participate in the Green Building Challenge in Tokyo, representing Spain with the CENER project.

  1. Beatriz Colomina

She has been a Professor at Princeton University since 1988 and is the director of the Media and Modernity program at Princeton. She has written many books and given numerous lectures in the most prestigious museums around the world. From the MoMA in New York, the MAXXI museum in Rome, or the Guggenheim in Bilbao. She has lived in New York for 32 years and studied at the Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona.

  1. Eva Franch I Gilabert

Born in Catalonia, she is an architect, art curator, and director of Storefront in New York, a non-profit institution dedicated to promoting innovative positions in architecture through exhibitions, projects, events and publications. She is also a researcher and teacher, and the founder of OOAA (Office Of Architectural Affairs). She studied at the Delft University of Technology, at the ETS Arquitectura de Barcelona UPC, where she graduated with honors in 2003, and at Princeton University, where she received the Suzanne Kolarik Underwood Award. She has taught at the UB New York as the Peter Reyner Banham Fellow (07-08) and at Rice University, Houston (08-10) as director of the Master’s program End-of-Career Project studio. Franch has been a Schloss Solitude Fellow and has exhibited her work at the New York Center for Architecture, Korean Institute of Architects in Daegu, NAI Rotterdam, FAD Barcelona, and the Shenzen Architecture Biennale.

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