Practice Profile

We view architecture as a discipline based on three activities: theoretical research, teaching and professional practice. All three are necessary to reach our full potential as architects: research allows us to explore deeper into our interests, teaching allows us to voice it, and practice lets us confront it with construction processes, economic issues and public criticism.

We think that the fundamentals for good architecture meet in the balance between form, function and technology. From them derives the practice of free speech whose poetic art arises from the constant search for what is reasonable. Consequently, because the concepts we are interested in are far from frivolous or capricious, it is their logical and emotional intensity we use to capture sensations and stimuli. We pursue an architecture with a commitment to its intrinsic values while we steer away from the inconsistency of certain architectural proposals characterized by a graphic definition, artificially complex, whose constructive feasibility is limited to the paper it is drawn on. We prefer to build the site instead of building on the site, because architecture must be the sensible and natural response to its environment. It is the place that gives specificity to the project and the project that gives significance to it forever.

Our method of work is scientific, since it is based on the compilation of questions and development of solutions that meet in a unique order. Competitions make up a good part of our professional practice. It is through them that we can research and delve into our concerns. Many of them have to do with concepts such as scale, monumentality, new modes of living… which we always articulate under a single instrumental idea that structures the grammatical building discourse.

We handle a diverse variety of references, useful for understanding the fertile grounds for our ideas, and which feed the critical-theoretical concerns we work around. We travel and study to learn from great masters such as Le Corbusier, Mies, Aalto and Kahn, although we identify more closely to Terragni, Bunshaft, Breuer, Jacobsen, Koenig, Ellwood or the ancient builders.


Asier Santas Torres

Graduated as an Architect from the University of Navarra School of Architecture (ETSAUN) in 1997. He received the Second National Prize of Completion University in 1998. Santas obtained a PhD in Architecture Cum Laude in 2003 with a doctoral dissertation on Urbanism and Housing. He has been lecturer of Urban Design until 2007. At present, he is Professor of Architecture at ETSAUN.


Luis Suárez Mansilla

Graduated as an Architect with Honors and Special Distinction from the University of Navarra School of Architecture (ETSAUN) in 1999. He holds a Master in Design Studies from Harvard University Graduate School of Design since 2003. Suárez obtained a PhD in Architecture Cum Laude in 2010 with a doctoral dissertation titled Strategies and Effects of Scale. At present, he is Professor of Architecture and Director of the Master in Theory and Architectural Design (MtDA) at ETSAUN.


Special Mention

Temporary Equipment for Asturian Beaches. Spain, 2006


Emergentes 14, 2014

Interiors n. 320: Designs of the year 2013, 2013

37º 23′ N 5º 59′ W. Sevilla Contemporánea Arquitectura 2000-2010, 2011

Detail n. 4, 2011

Vía Construcción n. 90, 2011

Bauwelt n. 1-2, 2011

Progettare n. 3, 2009

Catálogo JAE Jóvenes Arquitectos de España, 2008

Catálogo Pabellón Español de la 11th Venice Biennale, 2008

Arquia/próxima 2008. Orígenes y desacuerdos, 2008

Vía Construcción n. 45, 2007

Revista Arquitectos CSCAE n. 179, 2006

Revista Arquitectura COAM n. 341, 2005

Spoleto. Teatro e Città, 2005

Salamanca. Siglo XXI. Plaza Mayor, 2005

Vía Construcción n. 26, 2005

Vía Construcción n. 14, 2004

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