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FOUNDING PARTNERS

CARLOS FERRATER

BARCELONA, 1944

Doctor of Architecture and Professor of Architectural Project Design at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Director of the Cátedra Blanca, Barcelona.

Academician-Elect of the Real Academia de Belles Arts de Sant Jordi.
Conferred as Doctor honoris causa by the University of Trieste.

In 2006 he set up, along with Xavier Martí, Lucía Ferrater and Borja Ferrater, the Office of Architecture in Barcelona (OAB), with Núria Ayala as Projects Director.

Awarded the 2009 National Architecture Award by the Spanish Ministry of Housing for his overall career and since december 2011 member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (International RIBA Felowship)

Since 2000 he has won five FAD Prizes, the 1999 and 2008 City of Barcelona Prize, the 2005 Brunel International Architecture Award (Denmark) and the 2009 BigMat Prize. He has three times been a finalist for the Mies van der Rohe Award. He has received the City of Madrid Award, the 2001 National Spanish Architecture Award, the 2006 Dedalo Minosse International Prize in Vicenza, the 2006 Decade Award and the 2007 International Flyer Award. The 2008 RIBA International Award was given to his Editorial MP monograph, among others. He received a mention in the X Biennial of Spanish Architecture and urbanism in 2009 and in the Urban Public Space European Award 2010 for the Benidorm Waterfront which also won the FAD 2010, Saloni Awards 2010, FOPA 2009, COACV 2007-2009 Award, the Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award “best global design” 2010 and the CEMEX 2011. In 2011 he had also received the National Spanish Architecture Prize with the Benidorm Waterfront. He was a guest exhibitor in the International Pavilion and the Spanish Pavilion at the 2004 Venice Biennale, and was invited by the MoMA, New York, to participate in the exhibition On-Site: New Architecture in Spain, and to exhibit his work in a one-man show at the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Crown Hall in Chicago, the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, the Israel Institute of Technology, the College of Architects of Catalonia, the Foundation of the College of Architects of Madrid and the Acquario Romano. Beginning in June 2012, many models and original drawings of the Benidorm Waterfront have been chosen to form part of the collection of the Centre National d’Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou, along with the Iberia building on Paseo de Gracia and the Barcelona Botanical Garden.

He is the designer of, among other works, three city blocks in Barcelona’s Olympic Village, the Olympic Village in Vall d’Hebron, the Hotel Rey Juan Carlos I, the Catalonia Convention Center, the Auditorium in Castellón, the Scientific Institute and the Barcelona Botanical Garden, the El Prat Royal Golf Club, different buildings on the Passeig de Gracia, the Intermodal Station in Zaragoza, the MediaPro Building in Barcelona, the Aquileia Tower in Venice, the Science Park in Granada, the Benidorm Waterfront, the GISA, FGC headquarters in Barcelona, the Origami House in Barcelona, the Vila-real library and the Michelin Offices on the banks of the River Seine in Paris, housing in Bilbao and IMQ Hospital in Bilbao . At present he is working on, among others, the Centre Culturel des Jacobins in Le Mans, office and residential buildings in Barcelona, the City of Music in Sabadell, a winery in Toro; intermodal and multimodal buildings for Barcelona Airport, Murcia Airport, housings in Toulouse, Sales Center and Hotel Complex in Turkey and, a Hotel in Miami and the realigment of the port and waterfront of Tanger (Morocco).

BORJA FERRATER

BARCELONA, 1978

PhD. Architect.

Between 1994-1997 he conducted studies in biology at Temple University (Philadelphia, PA, USA) and at the University of Navarra (Spain).

He is a licensed architect, graduating with Thesis Cum Laude in September 2005 from the International University of Catalonia (UIC). Project Skyscraper in Athens, Greece. Visiting Student at Sciarc, Los Angeles, US Dec. 2003. Participant at “Days of Oris Symposium 2005” Zagreb, Croatia

He has taught from January to June 2006 as both fourth-year course coordinator and Design Studio teacher at the International University of Catalonia (UIC). Being guest professor in the Workshop ‘Emotional City’ directed by British architects Sergison & Bates (Sept. 2006).

In January 2010 he got his Masters degree in Biodigital Architecture. In April 2017 Borja obtained his PhD. Doctoral Thesis “Complex Geometrical Systems applied into Architectural Practice”.

Between April 2008 and September 2011 Borja was Vice-Dean of Culture Publications and International Relations at the school of Architecture, ESARQ, UIC being also director of school workshops and lectures annual program. He recently was Visiting Assistant Professor during the 2011 spring semester in Pratt Institute, New York. He currently is teaching 3rd year Studio class at ESARQ UIC.

He is author of the book “Synchronizing Geometry” published by ACTAR, which has been exhibited at the Crown Hall of the IIT (Illinois Institute of Technology), Bezalel School of Arts, Jerusalem, Instituto Cervantes in Tel Aviv, Fine Arts Museum in Bilbao, and different art galleries in Madrid and Barcelona. Recently also at the Istanbul Institute of Architects.

Founding Partner Architect of OAB (Office of Architecture in Barcelona) together with Xavier Marti, Carlos & Lucia Ferrater in January 2006.

He is a FAD (Spain’s national award) prize winner in the category of “ephemeral architecture” together with Carlos Ferrater for the exhibition in Madrid: “M.C. Escher El arte de lo impossible”.

Winner of Wallpaper* Design Awards 2010 for the building: Roca Barcelona Gallery together with Carlos and Lucía Ferrater. Roca Barcelona Gallery has also been finalist of the Lamp awards 2010 in the category of Interior lightning, and has received a special citation at 2010 IALD International Lighting Design Awards , Las Vegas, NV USA, May 2010. Recently, In may 2011 Borja also won the “Good Design is Good Business” awards organized by Architectural Record magazine with the RBG building.

He has given lectures, participated in round tables and jury of prizes in Sweden, Norway, Germany, USA, Israel, UK, Japan, Turkey, Italy, Romania, and Spain. He has also had articles published about many of his works in multiple magazines, catalogues, and other publications.

Together with OAB, he has completed several projects among which are:

– Competition for the Spanish Pavilion at the Zaragoza International Exhibit 2008 (2nd Prize)
– Exhibition in Madrid of the artist “MC ESCHER” (December 2006 – April 2007). 300.000 visitors.
– Engineering School and University Campus in Barcelona 2006 (competition).
– “The Edge”, Competition for office and residential buildings in Dubai. 2007. (Intl. Restricted competition)
– FC Barcelona Stadium. 2008. (International Restricted competition 2nd prize)
– 30.000 sq ft. private family residence in New Delhi, India.
– International fair center and train station in Luxembourg. 2010. (Intel. Restricted competition 3nd prize)
– Product/Industrial design: Design of FM Chair (2008) & Design of +/- Spoon (2003).
– Museum and reception pavilions for an archaeological settlement in Atapuerca, Spain. 2008
– Roca Barcelona Gallery. 2.500sqm. 2009
– Single-family house in Barcelona (in progress). 2010.
– Exhibition on the Artist M.C. Escher at the Alhambra in Granada, Spain. 2011
– 3.500 sqm community building in Bodrum, Turkey (in Progress)
– Residential development and spa resort hotel project of 3.660.000 sqft in Bodrum, Turkey. (In progress)
-Mixed use 15 storey building in Miami’s Design District, Miami, Florida, USA. (In progress)

Borja Ferrater has given lectures, participated in round tables and jury of prizes:

– Lecture in Stockholm (National Concrete Award, Sweden) in May 2006.
– Round Table and Lecture in Hanover (Symposium on Landscape and Architecture).
– Lecture in New York (Carlos Ferrater Partnership, Columbia University). January 2006
– Lecture and Expo in Chicago (Synchronizing Geometry, Illinois Institute of Technology).
– Lecture in Barcelona (Master of History and Architecture taught by JM Montaner, ETSAB)
– Lecture in Madrid (Universidad Europea de Madrid) 2006
– Lecture and Exhibition in Jerusalem (Academy of Arts and Architecture of Bezalel, Israel).
– Lecture in Barcelona (Master Design Project taught by Prof. J. Muntanyola, ETSAB).
– Round table discussion and exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Bilbao.
– Lecture in Manchester (International Festival of Art in Manchester and the RIBA) in June 2007
– Lecture and jury member for the awards ceremony in Columbus, Ohio, September 7th, 2007.
– Lecture at Harvard University, Boston September 15th, 2007
– Lecture Synchronizing geometry. Welsh School of Architecture. SAWS. Cardiff, United Kingdom, 22 May 2008.
– Lecture of Ferrater Borja. Festival Internazionale Archittectura in Sardegna. (Italy) FESTARCH, 30 May 2008.
– Round Table Roca. Space and Shape. Designing the future. Barcelona, 25 Nov. 2008.
– Jury of cátedra Cerámica Awards at the UIC in Barcelona 2009.
– Lecture at the University of Alghero, Sardinia, April 2009.
– Round table discussion during the Innovation Festival, invited by BCD (Barcelona Center Disseny), Nov. 2009.
– Lecture in Pratt Institute, New York to 2nd year students, April 2010.
– Lecture and OAB Exhibit in Istanbul, Turkey at the Institute of Architects November 2010.
– Lecture and OAB Exhibit in Pratt Institute, New York (to all the school, second time), April 2011.
– Lecture in Trondheim, Norway Autumn 2011.
– Lecture in Monterrey, CA, USA at the Monterey Design Conference, October 9th, 2011.
– Lecture in Bucharest, Romania for Zeppelin Magazine and the Cervantes Institute, May 24th, 2012.
– Lecture in Barcelona, Spain, at the COAC for the Escapes.01 conference July 19th, 2012.
– 3 Lectures in Hangzhou, Shenzhen and Guangzhou, China. September 2012
– Lecture in Luxembourg, Luxembourg, at the Fondation de l’archtiecture et de l’Ingenierie. November 2012
– 3 Lectures in Harbin School of Architecture and Harbin Institute of Technology, China, March 2013
– Lecture at American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. April 9th 2013

LUCÍA FERRATER

BARCELONA 1972

Lucía Ferrater graduated as an architect from the School of Architecture of Barcelona (ETSAB) in 1997.

In 1998 she joined the Carlos Ferrater studio as an associate architect. In 2006 she helped set up the Office of Architecture in Barcelona (OAB), with Carlos Ferrater, Xavier Martí, Borja ferrater and Núria Ayala as Projects Director.

Her more important interventions in Barcelona are the refurbishing of the Coderch de Sentmenat house-studio in Plaça Calvó, a Social Services Center in the Eixample, and a housing complex in Plaça Lesseps. She has also designed an Evangelical church in Terrassa, various apartment and office buildings, two single-family houses, the Roca Barcelona Gallery, a hotel in Sitges and the Barcelona World Race Social Network. At present, she is working in the project of the Fish Market Building in Barcelona Port and several projects in the Tanger Harbor.

In 2006 she showed her Social Services Center in the Eixample of Barcelona at the MOMA, New York, in the exhibition On-Site: New Architec¬ture in Spain.

She was a finalist in the 2000 FAD Prize for Architecture with an apartment building in Sant Cugat del Vallès.

2010 Wallpaper Design Award for Roca Barcelona Gallery building.

She taught Projects of 5th and 6th-level Project Design at the International University of Catalonia’s School of Architecture for three years. In 2012 she was teaching Projects in the Architectecture School of the European University of Madrid UEM. At present she is teaching Projects at the ETSAB.

XAVIER MARTÍ GALÍ

BARCELONA 1969

Xavier Martí Galí graduated as an architect from the School of Architecture of Barcelona (ETSAB) in 1995.

He joined the Carlos Ferrater Studio as an associate architect in 2003. In 2006 he set up the Office of Architecture in Barcelona (OAB) with Carlos Ferrater, Lucía Ferrater and Borja Ferrater, with Núria Ayala as Projects Director.

He is the co-designer with Carlos Ferrater of the West Beach Promenade in Benidorm; the Mediapro Head Office on the District 22@ audiovisual Campus in Barcelona; a building on the Passeig de Gràcia; the World Trade Center Tower in Cornellà; an office building in Barcelona, the Origami House in Barcelona, the BF House in Castellón, a housing building in Bilbao and a awinery in Toro, Zamora.

He is currently working in different housing and office buildings in Barcelona and Toulouse (France) as well as the realigment of the port and waterfront of Tanger (Morocco). Other current works are a family house in Sitges (Barcelona), a Hotel in Barcelona and an office building in Guadalajara (Mexico).

He received the 2008 of City of Barcelona Prize as co-designer of the Mediapro Tower in Barcleona.

As co-designer of the Benidorm Waterfront he has received the Spanish National Architecture Award 2011, the FAD Award 2010, the WAN Award, first prize in the VIII ASCER Ceramics Awards (2009), the COACV 2007-2009 Award, the FOPA Awards 2009, the Saloni Awards 2010, the Applus Award 2010, the Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award “best global design” 2010, a special mention in the Urban Public Space European Award 2010. He has been finalist in Landscape European Award “Rosa Barba” and has obtained the CEMEX prize in 2011. In 2012 has received the first prize Porcelanosa “completed projects” as co-designer of the BF House in Castellón.

Beginning in June 2012, many models and original drawings of the Benidorm Waterfront have been chosen to form part of the permanent collection of the Centre National d’Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou, along with the Iberia building on Passeig de Gràcia and the Barcelona Botanical Garden.