2019 Arch Lecture Series | Juan Elvira | Murado & Elvira Architects
HOUSE OF LEAVES
The lecture will encompass a description of works and projects by Murado & Elvira Architects, along with a number of topics relevant to our practice. It will aim to a critical review of the office's work in the light of our understanding of architecture and its context.
Graduated architect from ETSAM (1997, Honors). Master’s Degree in Advanced Architectural Design at Columbia University of New York (MSAAD ’00), under the Fundación La Caixa fellowship program. Ph.D. 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 1st mention at Arquia/Tesis foundation in 2015 and at the Bienal Iberoamericana de Arquitectura 2016.
Juan Elvira has a wide experience in education as a Design Studio teacher, with more than ten years at ETSAM, where he is Ph.D. 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 the city of the Anthropocene.
He is also an invited lecturer in diverse national and international universities (IE University, ESARQ Universidad Internacional de Cataluña, Faculty of Architecture and Fine Arts NTNU Trondheim, Istituto Europeo di Design, Universidad Iberoamericana de Puebla, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, University of California Berkeley, among others).
As a 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 conferences and lectures in national and international institutions. Co-author of L100Y (live 100 years. Longevity and the future city) research awarded the 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. Member of the network of experts of Spanish innovation foundation COTEC (expert in Innovative Spaces).
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 a finalist at the Norwegian National Architecture Prize Staten Byggeskikkpris 2012, selected at the Bienal Española de Arquitectura y Urbanismo 2013 and nominated to the Mies Award 19 (European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture).
With a youthful team of professionals, our coming projects are covering different scales and scopes, from housing to public buildings. We propose a sustainable approach to design, where user participation, shared creativity, and building techniques seek to benefit both society and nature.