FLORES & PRATS, ARCHS is an architecture studio based in Barcelona.
Established in 1998 by Eva Prats and Ricardo Flores, it combines design and constructive practice with intense academic activity. After their experience at Enric Miralles’ studio, Ricardo Flores and Eva Prats developed a career where research is always linked to the responsibility to make and build, where importance is given to participating in the interpretation of the finished work.
Their projects, most of which are the result of open competitions, have investigated in fields such as rehabilitation, social housing, or urban public spaces and neighbourhood participation. But the office has also developed mobile or portable projects, has experimented with the use of film to document the architecture, or the most recent menus of edible architecture developed for the exhibitions of its work in Barcelona and Copenhagen.
The work of Flores & Prats has been widely awarded, published and exhibited. They have been part of the Emerging Offices Wallpaper Directory in 2007, won the Grand Prize for the Best Architectural Work of the Royal Academy of Arts in London 2009 for the rehabilitation project Mills Museum in Palma de Mallorca, and the International Prize Dedalo Minosse in Vicenza 2011 for the New Microsoft Campus in Milan. Their work has been exhibited at La Biennale di Venezia in 2012, 2014 and 2016, and nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Prize 2005, 2015, 2016 and 2017. They have recently received the Barcelona City Prize 2016 for their work Sala Beckett / International Drama Workshop. In 2017, Casal Balaguer has been shortlisted for the Mallorca Architecture Awards in the Rehabilitation Category, and Sala Beckett has been shortlisted for the FAD Architecture Prize, ENOR Architecture Prize and Beazley Designs of the Year at the Design Museum in London.
Both partners are Associate Professors at the Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona ETSAB-UPC, and since 1998 they have lectured in Spain and abroad, including the Mackintosh School of Architecture, Berlage Institute in Rotterdam, Architektur Zentrum Wien, the Royal Australian Institute of Architects (Sydney and Perth), Washington University in Saint Louis and the Schools of Architecture in Barcelona, Milan, Valencia, Alicante and Buenos Aires, among others.
They have participated in congresses such as the Ultzama Campus 2017, IX Congress DO.CO.MO.MO Iberian (2016), and have been juries for the Competition for the new building of the Technical School of Architecture (ETSAE) in Cartagena (2017), III Ibero-American Biennial of Academic Architecture in Cuenca (2017), Islands of Arts (IOA) Venice (2016), FAD International Awards 2013, XVIII Pan-American Architecture Biennial of Quito (2012), and the VIII AJAC Awards Competition for Young Architects (2012).
They have been Invited Professors at the Arizona State University in Phoenix, Royal Academy of Copenhagen, Newcastle University at the UK, Mackintosh School in Glasgow, University of Sydney, Curtin University of Technology in Perth, University of New South Wales, Facoltà di Architettura di Roma “La Sapienza”, ETSA of Barcelona and Facultad de Arquitectura de Buenos Aires; and have also coordinated student workshops with Enric Miralles, John Hejduk, Juan Navarro Baldeweg, Cedric Price and Clorindo Testa.
The office has been successful in many competitions, including Second Prize at open competition for the renovation of Vallcarca neighbourhood in Barcelona (2017), Shortlisted at the Housing Competition on the area of Glòries in Barcelona (2017), First Prize for the New Sala Beckett in Barcelona (2011), First Prize for the rehabilitation of Casal Balaguer Cultural Centre in Mallorca (2010), Second Prize for the Renovation of the Fabra & Coats Industrial Building in Barcelona (2009), First Prize for the renovation of an Industrial Settlement in Barcelona (2007), First Prize competition for the New Waterfront of Calpe (1999), First Prize for the Urban Plan for the Rehabilitation of the Old Centre of Vilanova (1998) and First Prize EUROPAN III International Competition (1993).
The projects of the office have been exhibited in monographic (Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and Leth & Gori Storefront in Copenhagen, COAC of Barcelona and Castello Chiaramonte in Sicily) and collective exhibitions (Biennale di Venezia, Berlage Institut in Rotterdam, Architekturzentrum Wien, Swiss Architecture Museum in Basel, Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt am Main, the Royal Academy of Arts in London, the Arkitekturmuseet of Stockholm and the Cité de l’Architecture & du Patrimoine-Palais de Chaillot, Paris).
In 2014, the Mexican Editorial Arquine has published the first monograph book on their work, Thought by Hand. The Architecture of Flores & Prats, and in 2017 the new magazine Archives has dedicated its first issue to the work of this office.
Moreover, the work of the office has been published nationally and internationally. Some of the magazines that have featured Flores & Prats’ work are:
a+t magazine (Spain), AD Architectural Digest (Germany), Arquitectura Viva (Spain), Architectural Record (New York), Architectural Review (UK), Architecture Today (UK), Architekt (Prague), Architektur (Austria), Arquine (Mexico), AU (Brasil), Azure Magazine (Canada), C3 magazine (Corea), Casa Brutus (Japan), Casabella (Italy), de Architect (The Netherlands), Detail (Germany), DBZ Deutsche BauZeitschrift (Germany), Domus (Italy), FiO (Austria), Frame (The Netherlands), Icon (UK), Id+c (China), INTERNI (Italy), IOArch (Italy), L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui (France), Le Carré Bleu feuille internationale d’architecture (France), Metro Society (Philipines), Monument (Australia), ORIS (Croatia), Perspective (Italy), PLOT (Argentina), Quaderns d’arquitectura i urbanisme (Spain), Salon (Ucrania), SD Architecture magazine (Tokyo), Summa+ (Argentina), Tectónica (Spain), Wallpaper* magazine (UK), YAPI (Turkey), Yorokobu (Spain), Zeppelin (Romania).