About

Office

We began working together in Barcelona in 2001. Since then we have focused our practice primarily on public works through competitions along with selected private commissions. Working with circumstance and turning constraints into opportunities, we try to find constructive and conceptual responses that are specific to each project and to each site, putting emphasis on ease of use, discreet intervention within the context and clarity of construction. We currently combine our practice with teaching.

Bios

Mónica Rivera was born in Puerto Rico in 1972. In 1999 she received a Master of Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design (GSD Scholarship). She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1993 and a Bachelor of Architecture in 1994 from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD Scholarship). She worked for the firm Architecture Research Office (ARO) in New York for three years. In Barcelona, where she has been living since 1999, she worked for the Editorial Gustavo Gili from 2000 to 2004. She has been a guest Professor of architecture at the ESARQ, Universitat Internacional de Catalunya from 1999 to 2002, Professor of third year Interior Design Studio focusing on domestic space at Elisava Escola de Disseny, Barcelona from 2001 to 2008, the Eugene McDermott Centennial Visiting Professor, School of Architecture, University of Texas, Austin in 2017 and Visiting Professor of architecture at Washington University in St. Louis from 2015 to 2017.

Emiliano López Matas was born in Argentina in 1971 and grew up in Barcelona. In 2012 he received his Ph.D. in Architecture from the Universitat Politèctina de Catalunya, with the thesis titled ‘6107 MSD. Peabody Terrace: Keys of a design process led by Josep Lluís Sert’. In 1999 he received a Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design (Real Colegio Complutense de Madrid Scholarship) and in 1997 he received the Master “History: Art, City and Architecture” from the UPC, ETSA Barcelona. He received his degree in Architecture from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Vallès in 1996. He has taught at the Univesitat Rovira i Virgili School of Architecture, Reus from 2006 to 2008; at the ESARQ, Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (2001-2004); Adjunct Assistant Professor of Calgary University and co-director of the school’s Barcelona Architecture Program from 2004 to 2007, Associate Professor at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Vallès from 2001 to 2004 and Adjunct Professor from 2008 to 2014, Visiting Professor of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis from 2015-2017.

Writings

The Need for the Superfluous
Essay by Emiliano López, p. 159-169, in 419 International Housing Studio 2014-2016, Graduate School of Architecture &Urban Design at Washington University in St. Louis, March 2018. ISBN: 978_0_9885244_4_6.
Other Glòries. Proposal for the Renaturalization of Barcelona
Authors: bosch.capdeferro arquitectures, Josep Bunyesc, Francisco Cifuentes, Data AE, Harquitectes, Emiliano López Mónica Rivera Arquitectos, Núria Salvadó, David Sebastian, TEd'A, unparelld'arquitectes, vora. Editors: Claudi Aguiló, Pere Buil, Emiliano López. dpr-barcelona, 2016. ISBN: 978_84_944873_0_9. Visit dpr-barcelona
Calibrar
Essay by Mónica Rivera and Emiliano López. Circo, (9th series) El doble del mundo, 2015.202. Circo es una publicación editada por CIRCO M.R.T. Cooperativa de ideas, integrada originalmente por: Luis M. Mansilla, Luis Rojo y Emilio Tuñón. Con la colaboración de Jesús Vassallo y Coco Castillón. Calle Artistas 59, 28020, Madrid. Visit Circo website
Moving Air and Light
Essay by Mónica Rivera. Review of Sergison Bates architects Casa Voltes in Cadaqués. The Architects' Journal num. 6, vol. 237, February 2013 (english) View pdf (1020KB)
Sert: Married Student Dormitories vs San Gimignano
Author: Emiliano López. The text analyses the compositional relationship between the architecture of Josep Lluís Sert’s “Married Student Dormitories” at Harvard (Cambridge, Massachusetts) and the mediaeval village of San Gimignano in Tuscany. The text takes part in a debate initiated shortly after the completion of the project in 1964, which enquires into the genealogy of the urban space proposed by Sert. The question is interesting as it arises at a time when the modern movement’s capacity to create the city is being questioned. earjournal num. 02, June 2012 (Print Edition 2008). Journal of Theory, History of Art and Architecture of the School of Architecture of Reus, Universitat Rovira I Virgili. ISSN 2014_6833. Visit cait for pdf version
Fazer a Habitação, Habitação Social para jovens em Barcelona
Essay by Mónica Rivera and Emiliano López, p. 150-156 in Habitar Pensar Investigar Fazer , Colóquio Internacional. Departamento de Arquitectura. Universidad Autónoma de Lisboa. Centro de Estudios de Arquitectura, Cidade e Territorio. Scientific editors: Filipa Ramalhete e Ricardo Carvalho. ISBN 978_989_8191_41_0.
Lleping. The Architecture of the Object
Quaderns d'arquitectura i urbanisme 259, p. 90-97. Barcelona 2009 (español, català, english) Article written collectively by La Lloca and published in the Construction section of Quaderns by invitation of architect Coque Claret. Authors: La Lloca (Coque Claret, Claudi Aguiló, Dani Calatayud, Emiliano López, Javier Belil, Josep Ricart, Mónica Rivera, Roger Tudó). View pdf (581 KB)
The Strategic Detail
Quaderns d'arquitectura i urbanisme 260, p. 86-91. Barcelona 2010 (español, català, english) Article written collectively by La Lloca and published in the Construction section of Quaderns by invitation of architect Coque Claret. Authors: La Lloca (Coque Claret, Claudi Aguiló, Dani Calatayud, Emiliano López, Javier Belil, Josep Ricart, Mónica Rivera, Roger Tudó). View pdf (829 KB)

Selected Work Publications

Domestic Thresholds
Emiliano López Mónica Rivera Arquitectos Monograph. With texts by: Stephen Bates, Ricardo Carvalho, Jan Olav Jensen, Gillermo Zuaznabar, and Emiliano López and Mónica Rivera. Quart Verlag, Luzern, 2016, 352 pages, 21 × 26 cm 450 images, 62 sketches/plans. German/English ISBN 978_3_03761_140_1. Spanish/English ISBN 978_3_03761_141_8; out of print. Visit Quart Verlag
Feeling at home
Finding common ground in six urban housing projects in Europe. Publication by Stephen Bates and Jonathan Sergison as part of the 13th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale. Sant Andreu housing, p. 40-45. Publistampa, Pergine Valsugana (TN) Italy, 2012. ISBN 978_0_9542371_6_5. Visit SBa
Collective Housing
Vivienda colectiva en España 1992-2015. GIVCO (Grupo de investigación en vivienda colectiva) Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. Viviendas para jóvenes en Sant Andreu, p. 170-173, 343. TC cuadernos, Valencia, 2016. ISBN 978_84_944646_8_3. Visit TC cuadernos
Immaterial World. Transparency in Architecture
Hotel Aire de Bardenas, p. 152-161. Marc Kristal. The Monacelli Press, New York, 2012. ISBN 978_1_58093_314_8. Visit Monacelli Press
Architecture Catalane 2004-2009. Portrait d’époque
Hotel Aire de Bardenas, p.120-121. Catalogue exposition Cité de l’architecture & du patrimoine, Paris Octobre 2009-Janvier 2010. Visit Cité de l’architecture & du patrimoine
HOCO, Density Housing Construction & Costs
López-Rivera Arquitectos, Sant Adrià 33. Aurora Fernández Per, Javier Mozas, Javier Arpa, a+t Density series, Vitoria-Gasteiz, 2009. ISBN 978_84_613_3080_5. Visit a+t
CASABELLA 882, p. 46-54.
López e Rivera Arquitectos, due case a Llafranc. A cura di Federico Tranfa. Una passeggiata nel bosco. Text by Stephen Bates.
rita_09, p. 26-29.
Desde Iberoamérica_España, obra 04. Dos casas de corcho. Visit redfundamentos
On diseño 369, p. 56-61, 108-114.
Two cork houses. Lattice house.
MONOCLE 103, may 2017, p. 195-196.
Who we’d Hire/Global. How to fit in. Emiliano López y Mónica Rivera Arquitectos, Barcelona.
Arquitectura Viva 196, p. 12.
Piel Porosa, Casa Celosía by López & Rivera.
av proyectos 080, p. 44-45.
Lattice House, Palafrugell.
AV Monographs 165-166, Spain Yearbook 2014, p.182-187.
High School, Begues.
Quaderns 264, p. 44-47.
Expositor de sabates per a Pedro García.
Domus 921, p. 39-45.
Gone With the Wind Hotel. Text by Stefano Casciani.
MARK 14, p. 153-163.
Any Where the Wind Blows. Text by Bartosz Haduch.
a+u 465, p. 58-63.
Emiliano López and Mónica Rivera Architects. Hotel Aire de Bardenas.
oris 64, p. 146-153.
Hotel with a Landscape. Text by Alicia Guerrero Yeste & Fredy Massad.
Quaderns 258, p. 26-29.
Hotel Aire de Bardenas.
C3 294, p.74-87.
Hotel Aire de Bardenas.
summa+ 116, p. 20-27.
Aridez y contemplación.
AV Monographs 129-130, Spain Yearbook 2008, p.206-211.
Aire de Bardenas Hotel, Tudela (Navarre)
EL croquis 148, p. 160-189.
Hotel Aire de Bárdenas. 27 Social Dwellings for Young People.

Awards

Distinctions

Collaborators

Studio collaborators:
Albert Farell, Marc Mallorquí, Sara Navazo, Rita Pérez.
Former collaborators: Jon Ander Aguirre, Bruno Bechis, Franco Bechis, Jeanne de Bussac, Mària Canel, Agustín Cepeda,Catarina Crespo, Laura Coladas,Juan García, Josep Garriga, Romina Giay, Florencia Grieco, Ivo Henriques, Sandra Hernández, Sofía Houtman, Soledad Loyola, Joan Massagué, Ángel Moya, Dominik Oczkowski, Mariana Oggero, Karen Pinheiro, Javier Redondo, Karmele Rekondo, Cristina Ros, María Eugenia Seligra, Daniela Trigo, Helen Wyss. As students: José M. Ahedo, Gerard Bartomeu, Álvaro Borrajo, Luis Cepeda, Aina Coll, Laura Cornides, Miguel Domper, Mar Esteve, Alba García, Josep Garriga, Sergi Garriga, Carla Isern, María Nayach, Guadalupe de San Félix, Marcos Santamaria, Yeray Sarmiento, Álvaro Solís.

Vacancies

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