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).
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. He obtained his doctorate in April 2017 under the title “Use of complex Geometric Systems in 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 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, At the Istanbul Institute of Architects and different art galleries in Madrid and Barcelona.
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. In may 2011 Borja also won the “Good Design is Good Business” awards organized by Architectural Record magazine with the RBG building. Also his work has been selected in the category 21 for 21 (for young architects) in WAN awards 2014. Borja was awarded with the international ENR magazine 2017 Best Global Project in the category of hospitality and Residential, with the project Kaplankaya Phase I Resort in Bodrum, Turkey. Recently his design for a 2*Michelin restaurant received the finalist award 2019 in the Spain & Portugal National FAD awards in the category of Interior Design.
He has given lectures, participated in round tables and jury of prizes in Sweden, Norway, Germany, USA, Mexico, UAE, Israel, UK, Sri Lanka, Japan, China, Malaysia, Australia, Turkey, Lebanon, Italy, Luxembourg, Andorra, Romania, and Spain. He has also had articles published about many of his works in multiple magazines, catalogues, and other publications.
She graduated from the Barcelona School of Architecture in 1997.
In 1998, she joined the Carlos Ferrater studio as an architect and in 2006, together with Carlos Ferrater, Borja Ferrater and Xavier Martí Galí, she founded the Office of Architecture in Barcelona (OAB), together with Núria Ayala as Projects Manager.
Among her works authored along with Carlos Ferrater are the rehabilitation of the Coderch House-Studio in Barcelona, a Social Services Centre on the Barcelona Eixample, and a group of houses in Plaça Lesseps, in Barcelona, this time with Xavier Martí. She has made several works, including the Evangelical Church of Terrassa, different housing blocks and family houses, and particularly the "House facing the sea" with Xavier Martí, the Roca Barcelona Gallery also with Borja Ferrater, the Hotel Alenti in Sitges, the Rehabilitation of the former Tugboat Building in the Port of Barcelona and the New Sports Harbour and Leisure Buildings in the port of Tangier, Morocco.
She is currently working on the projects of the New Fish Market in Barcelona port, a project of homes and offices in the city of Montevideo, Uruguay, a project for an old people’s home in Terrassa and three family houses in Barcelona.
In 2006, she displayed her work, the "Centre for Social Services on the Eixample" at the MOMA in New York as part of the exhibition "On Site: New Architecture in Spain”
Finalist at the FAD Architecture Awards in the year 2000 for a housing block in Sant Cugat del Vallés. COAC Girona demarcation Architecture Award in 2017 for "the House Facing the Sea" in Port de la Selva, along with Xavier Martí.
Teacher of Projects at the UIC from 2019 to 2012, teacher of the 1st semester of the 3rd year of Projects at the UEM Madrid in 2012, associate teacher on the White Chair at ETSAB (UPC) from 2012 to 2015. She was a teacher on the Master Madrid City Summer Workshop at the San Pablo CEU University in 2013 and subsequently at the Un Universo Efímero competition directed by the students of the Master's Degree. Associate teacher each year at the MArch Master in Valencia along with Núria Ayala. Jury of the Cosentino Design Challenge 2016 and the Neolith Awards 2017. She was a member of the jury of the Palmares Technical Awards 2013 in Paris.
She is currently a Second Year Project Teacher at the La Salle School of Architecture in Barcelona.
Xavier Martí Galí
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 currently working on national and international projects in countries like France, Morocco, Mexico and Ecuador.
He received the 2008 City of Barcelona Prize as co-designer of the Mediapro Tower in Barcelona.
As co-designer of the Benidorm Waterfront he received the Spanish National Architecture Award 2011 for Urban design, 1st prize at CEMEX 2011 in the category of Infrastructure and Urban development, 2nd prize in International Sustainability and 3rd prize in International Accessibility WAN Award in Urban Design, HOSBEC Golden Insignia 2010, COACV Architecture Award 2007-2009 in the area of Urban Development and Landscaping, FAD Architecture Award 2010 in the category of City and Landscape, Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award “best new global design” 2010, Saloni Architecture Awards 2010, Fopa 2009 Prize for the work best integrated into the environment and respect for the environment, Applus Awards 2010, a special mention in the Urban Public Space European Award 2010, 8th ASCER Ceramic Awards 2009, Madrid Real Estate Salon Award 2006, ASPRIMA Award 2006 for the best tourist development and a place as a finalist in the “Rosa Barba” European Landscape Award 2010, as well as express recognition at the 9th Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urban Development 2011.
In 2012 he received first prize at the Porcelanosa Awards as the co-designer of the BF House in Castellón.
As co-designer with Lucía Ferrater of the Casa Frente al Mar in Port de la Selva, he received the COAC Architecture Award 2017 and the 17th ASCER Ceramic Awards 2018.
Together with Carlos Ferrater, he brought out the book Benidorm. West Beach Promenade, published by Actar and the book La Casa AA/Origami House, published by aMag.
He has given lectures in Spain, France, China, Mexico, Italy and Estonia. He was President of the Final Projects Tribunal at the La Salle School of Architecture in 2013 and President of the Court of the Enabling Master of the La Salle School of Architecture in 2010, as well as a member of the jury of several national and international architecture awards. In 2010 he was a guest professor on the Master's Degree in Projects XXI of the UPC.
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 Georges Pompidou National Centre for Art and Culture, with displays in Paris and Malaga.