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FLORES & PRATS, ARCHS is an architecture studio based in Barcelona.

Established in 1998 by Ricardo Flores and Eva Prats, Flores & Prats combine 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, giving importance to the possibilities of public interpretations and critical views that the built work reveals as part of this research process.

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. The office has also developed mobile or portable projects, has experimented with the use of film to document architecture, and with menus of edible architecture such as those developed for the exhibitions of its work in Barcelona and Copenhagen.

AWARDS

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, 2016, and in 2018 with a double contribution: ‘Liquid Light’ at the main exhibition in the Corderie dell’Arsenale (a finalist at the 2019 FAD Awards), and ‘The Morning Chapel’ at the Vatican Pavilion. They have been nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Prize in 2005, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
For the Cultural Centre Casal Balaguer, they were a finalist in the Mallorca Architecture Awards in the Rehabilitation Category in 2017 and awarded the City of Palma Prize of Architecture in 2018. For this project, Eva Prats was shortlisted for Architect of the Year at the 2019 Women in Architecture awards.
Sala Beckett / International Drama Workshop received the Barcelona City Prize in 2016, in 2017 was a finalist for the FAD Architecture Prize, ENOR Architecture Prize, and Beazley Designs of the Year at the Design Museum in London, and in 2019 was the winner of The Architectural Review ‘New into old’ awards.
Flores & Prats have received a special mention in the National Architecture awards for Spain and been named the Architects of the Year in the 2018 AD Awards.

ACADEMIC ACTIVITY

Eva Prats is currently Guest Professor at ETH Zürich and both partners are Associate Professors at the Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona ETSAB-UPC. Since 1998 they have lectured in Schools of Architecture, Museums and other Cultural Institutions of Spain and countries of Europe, Asia, Australia and America.

They participate internationally in cultural events, most recently in the Works + Words Biennale in Copenhagen (2019), Bienal de Arquitetura de São Paulo (2019), and as keynote speakers of the Bucharest Triennale (2019). They have taken part in congresses such as the Ultzama Campus 2017, IX Congress DO.CO.MO.MO Iberian (2016), and have been part of 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.

(see the ‘ACADEMIC‘ section for further details)

COMPETITIONS

The office has been successful in many competitions, most recently in 2020 with first prize in the competition for the Théâtre des Variétés in Brussels. In 2019 Flores & Prats were finalists for the competition for the new Somerset House Auditorium in London, and in 2018 were finalists of a restricted competition for the new MIT Design Hub: School of Architecture + Planning and Project Manus. Other selected examples are: Second Prize at the open competition for the renovation of Theatre Arnau (2018), Second Prize 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 the Industrial Settlement Cal Vidal in Puig-Ruig, Barcelona (2007), First Prize for the Urban Plan for the Rehabilitation of the Old Centre of Vilanova (1998) and First Prize EUROPAN III International Competition (1993).

EXHIBITIONS

The projects of the office have been exhibited in monographic (Roca Gallery in London, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and Leth & Gori Storefront in Copenhagen, COAC of Barcelona and Castello Chiaramonte in Sicily) and collective exhibitions (Works + Words Biennale in Copenhagen, 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).

PUBLICATIONS

In 2014, the Mexican Editorial Arquine published the first monograph book on their work, Thought by Hand. The Architecture of Flores & Prats, which has had two reprints (2016 and 2020), and, in 2017 the new magazine Archives dedicated its first issue to the work of this office, also reprinted twice (2018 and 2020).
More recently they have guest edited IQD magazine (2019) and edited a book on the project of the Sala Beckett International Drama Centre with Arquine (2020).

The work of the office has been published nationally and internationally, including the following:
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), El País (Spain), FiO (Austria), Frame (The Netherlands), Icon (UK), Id+c (China), INTERNI (Italy), IOArch (Italy), L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui (France), La Vanguardia (Spain), Le Carré Bleu feuille internationale d’architecture (France), Le Monde (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), The Guardian (UK), The New York Times (US), Wallpaper* magazine (UK), YAPI (Turkey), Yorokobu (Spain), Zeppelin (Romania)

Ricardo Flores (Buenos Aires 1965)

EDUCATION

Studied architecture at the Faculty of Architecture in Buenos Aires FADU-UBA, graduating in 1992.

Master in Urban Design at ETSA Barcelona 1993-1994, graduating in 1996. Director Arch. Manuel Solà Morales. Final Thesis: Interstitial Spaces.

Doctor of Architecture by ETSAB since 2016 with his Thesis Casa La Ricarda by Antonio Bonet Castellana. Un Territorio Formalizadodirected by Antonio Armesto.

PRACTICE

In Buenos Aires, collaborated first as student and later as Design Architect with several architectural offices, among others Aslan & Ezcurra Assoc. and in Baudizzone, Lestard, Varas, Archs, from 1989-1993.

In Barcelona collaborated at Arch. Manuel de Solà Morales’ office for the exhibition project “Alexanderpolder, New Urban Frontiers” in Rotterdam, The Netherlands (1993).

From 1993 to 1998, collaborated as Design Architect at Arch. Enric Miralles’ office, participating in numerous projects and competitions, in particular at the Park in Mollet del Vallès, and the winning competition for the Extension of the Utrecht City Council, The Netherlands.

In 1998 established in Barcelona the office of architecture Flores & Prats Archs, with Eva Prats.

ACADEMIC ACTIVITY

Co-director with Eva Prats of a 5th Year Design Studio and Final Thesis Design Studio at ETSAB, focused on Rehabilitation and Housing, from 2014 to 2019.

Professor of a 1st Year Design Studio at ETSAB from 2011 to 2014.

Professor of a 2nd Year Design Studio at ETSAB from 2009 to 2011.

Co-director with Eva Prats of a Studio at the Masters in Housing at the UPC, from 2004 to 2012.

Co-director with Eva Prats of a Final Thesis Design Studio at UIC Architecture School in Barcelona, from 2009 to 2012.

Professor of Design Studio at UIC Architecture School in Barcelona, from 2002 until 2009.

Teaching Assistant of 5th Year, at Arch Varas’ Design Studio at FADU-UBA, from 1991-1993.

Co-director with Eva Prats of Invitations, International Design Workshop at ETSAB-UPC, part of the Master Programme Architecture. Critique and Project’. Invited architects were: Enric Miralles in 1998, John Hejduk in 1999, Juan Navarro Baldeweg in 2000, Cedric Price in 2001 and Clorindo Testa in 2002.

Ricardo has been Invited to direct architectural workshops at universities like the Royal Academy of Architecture in Copenhagen, AHO Oslo School of Architecture, Newcastle University in England, Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow, Sydney University and University of New South Wales in Sydney, Facoltà di Architettura La Sapienza in Rome and Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia, Facultad de Arquitectura de Buenos Aires and the School of Architecture of Barcelona, among others.

Ricardo has participated in the Ultzama International Campus 2017 – Humanize the City, at the III Ibero-American Biennial of Academic Architecture in Cuenca, Ecuador (2017), at the IX Congress DO.CO.MO.MO Iberian in San Sebastian (2016) and at the XVIII Pan-American Architecture Biennial of Quito (2012). Ricardo has been a jury member for the Competition for students and young architects Islands of Arts (IOA) Venice (2016), at the 9th International Biennial of Art Riudebitlles – Work on Paper (2016), and at the XVIII Pan-American Architecture Biennial of Quito (2012).

(see the ‘ACADEMIC‘ section for further details)

PUBLICATIONS

Author of several architectural essays, and co-author with Eva Prats of:

Sala Beckett International Drama Centre. Arquine, 2020.

‘Second Hand’ IQD, Inside Quality Design magazine, July/September edition 2019.

Thought by Hand. The Architecture of Flores & Prats. Arquine, 2014.

Innovation Campus. La nuova sede di Microsoft Milan, SKIRA 2012.

John Hejduk House for a Poet. Edicions UPC, 2000.

Through the canvas. Architecture inside Dutch paintings. ACTAR 2008.

Measuring Pompeii. Observe Antiquity Through Drawing. ETSAB UPC 2012.

Eva Prats (Barcelona 1965)

EDUCATION

Studied architecture at the ETSAB, Barcelona School of Architecture, graduating in 1992.

As student obtained a Special Mention at the Annual Architectural Award Nicloau Rubió i Tudurí in 1991 and 1993.

Took part at the summer workshops for European Architectural Students in Athens (1985), Turin (1986) and Helsinki (1987).

Participated at the ILAUD course in Siena, 1991.

Was an invited student at the Staedel Schule in Frankfurt, in the spring of 1992, where she developed her Final Thesis Project.

Doctor of Architecture by RMIT since May 2019 with her Thesis To observe with the client, to draw with the existing. Three cases of architecture dealing with the As-Found directed by Jo Van Den Berghe, Leon van Schaik and Martyn Hook.

PRACTICE

Collaborated as a student at Enric Miralles and Carme Pinos’ office, from 1986 to 1991, especially in the projects: Pedestrian bridge at Lleida, Civic centre at Hostalets, Igualada Park and Cemetery, Rambla at Reus, Social Centre at La Mina, and Garau-Agustí House in Bellaterra.

Collaborated as Design Architect at Arch. Enric Miralles’ office, from 1991 to 1994, especially in the projects: Sports Pavilion at Huesca, Centre for Rhythmic Gymnastics at Alicante, meditation pavilion at Unazuki, Japan.

In 1993, won the EUROPAN III International Housing Competition, starting her own practice in 1994.

In 1998 established in Barcelona the office of architecture Flores & Prats Archs, with Ricardo Flores.

ACADEMIC ACTIVITY

Guest professor at ETH Zürich since 2019.

Co-director with Ricardo Flores of a 5th Year Design Studio and Final Thesis Design Studio at ETSAB, focused on Rehabilitation and Housing, from 2014 to 2019.

Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning at the Master of Urban Design Barcelona, and at the RMIT – Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology campus in Barcelona, since 2014.

Professor of a Third Year Design Studio at ETSAB, dedicated to Housing, from 2002 to 2014.

Co-director with Ricardo Flores of a Final Thesis Design Studio at UIC Architecture School in Barcelona, from 2009 to 2012.

Co-director with Ricardo Flores of a Studio at the Masters in Housing at the UPC, from 2004 to 2012.

Double-Workshop Barcelona-Sydney in both 2005 and 2007 with 3rd and 4th year students of both the School of Architecture of Barcelona and the University of New South Wales of Sydney, Australia.

Guest professor at Arizona State University in Phoenix, spring semester 2000.

Co-director with Ricardo Flores of Invitations, International Design Workshop at ETSAB-UPC, part of the Master Programme Architecture. Critique and Project’. Invited architects were: Enric Miralles in 1998, John Hejduk in 1999, Juan Navarro Baldeweg in 2000, Cedric Price in 2001 and Clorindo Testa in 2002.

Eva has been Invited to direct architectural workshops at universities like the Royal Academy of Architecture in Copenhagen, AHO Oslo School of Architecture, Newcastle University in England, Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow, Sydney University and University of New South Wales in Sydney, Facoltà di Architettura La Sapienza in Rome and Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia, Facultad de Arquitectura de Buenos Aires and the School of Architecture of Barcelona, among others.

Eva has participated in the Architecture & Care conference, ETH Zürich (2019), Ultzama International Campus 2017 – Humanize the City, the IX Congress DO.CO.MO.MO Iberian in San Sebastian (2016), and invited to present the book The Space Between, third volume of the trilogy about the work of Alison and Peter Smithson, together with Max Risselada, Louisa Hutton, Dirk van den Heuvel and the Smithson family (2016).

Eva has been a jury member for the AR New into Old Awards (2021), International Drawing of The Year prize for students, at Aarhus School of Architecture (2019), the competition for the new building of the Technical School of Architecture (ETSAE) in Cartagena (2017), at the 9th International Biennial of Art Riudebitlles – Work on Paper (2016), the 15th edition of La Biennale di Archittetura di Venezia 2016 (Eventi Collaterali Program), Biennial of Architecture of the Vallès, 2016, FAD International Awards 2013 and VIII AJAC Awards Competition for Young Architects (2012).

(see the ‘ACADEMIC‘ section for further details)

PUBLICATIONS

Author of several architectural essays, and co-author with Ricardo Flores of:

Sala Beckett International Drama Centre. Arquine, 2020.

‘Second Hand’ IQD, Inside Quality Design magazine, July/September edition 2019.

Thought by Hand. The Architecture of Flores & Prats. Arquine, 2014.

Innovation Campus. La nuova sede di Microsoft Milan, SKIRA 2012.

John Hejduk House for a Poet. Edicions UPC, 2000.

Through the canvas. Architecture inside Dutch paintings. ACTAR 2008.

Measuring Pompeii. Observe Antiquity Through Drawing. ETSAB UPC 2012.