Graduated architect from ETSAM (1997, Honors). Master’s Degree in Advanced Architectural Design in Columbia University of New York (MSAAD ’00), under the Fundación La Caixa fellowship program. Phd Degree in Architecture from Madrid Polytechnic University (2014, Summa Cum laude). The manuscript, entitled “Ghost Architecture. Space and the production of Ambient Effects” has been awarded with 1st mention at Arquia/Tesis foundation in 2015 and at the Bienal Iberoamericana de Arquitectura 2016.
Juan Elvira Peña has a wide experience in education as Design Studio teacher, with more than ten years at ETSAM, where he is Phd Professor of Architectural Design. He is also MPAA professor (Postgraduate Master of Advanced Architectural Projects, since 2016) where he explores issues around ambient production and design in city of the anthropocene; and MACA (Master de Comunicación Arquitectónica, 2015) where he teached editorial communication techniques. He is also Urban Workshop teacher at the IE University (since 2013). He was studio professor in the University of Alicante (Escuela de Arquitectura Universidad de Alicante, 2001-2002) where he presented his research “Tactical Spaces” at Archilab’02 forum in Orleáns (France). He is also invited lecturer in diverse national and international universities (ESARQ Universidad Internacional de Cataluña 2006, Faculty of Architecture and Fine Arts NTNU Trondheim 2010, Istituto Europeo di Desing 2013, Escuela de Arquitectura de las Palmas de Gran Canaria 2011, Universidad Iberoamericana de Puebla 2015, Universidad San Francisco de Quito 2015, among others).
As critic and editor, Juan Elvira has authored and edited five books, more than fifteen book chapters and more than twenty articles in national and international periodicals. He has also co-directed Oeste Architecture Magazine (2002-2004). His scholarly activity includes presentations in seminars and lectures in national and international institutions. Co author of V100Y (live 100 years. Longevity and the future city) a research awarded first prize at the 2016 Bienal de Arquitectura Española. Member of the Bienal de Canarias Observatorio del Paisaje. Member of the international research group Atmospheric Spaces. Aura Stimmung Ambiance (2016-). Member of the network of experts of Spanish innovation foundation COTEC (expert in innovative spaces 2015-2018).
He is co-founder and head of the architecture office Murado & Elvira along with Clara Murado. Murado & Elvira is a Madrid-based multidisciplinary office dedicated to innovative architecture and interior design. Their work has been awarded in many national and international competitions, and has been exhibited at prestigious venues as the Mostra Internazionale de Architettura di Venezia (2008, 2018), the Bienal de Arquitectura Española, and international exhibitions Freshmadrid, Export - Spanish architecture abroad and Archipaper. It has been nominated to the Mies Awards 2019, finalist at the norwegian National Architecture Prize Staten Byggeskikkpris 2012 and selected at the Bienal Española de Arquitectura y Urbanismo 2013.
With a youthful team of professionals, our coming projects are covering different scales and scopes, from housing and renewals to public buildings. M&E design spaces to breathe. Relaxed, loose fit environments that allow for an immediate personal appropriation of the user. We propose a sustainable approach to design, where user participation, shared creativity and building techniques seek to benefit both society and nature.