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COLL-BARREU ARQUITECTOS is an architectural studio dedicated to investigation, development and construction of architectural projects. COLL-BARREU ARQUITECTOS also participates in university teaching and theoretical aspects of Architecture, culture, art and communication. The firm, founded in 2001 by Juan Coll-Barreu (Ph D architect; Universty of Navarre and UCLA, Los Ángeles; Special Prize Thesis Award, National University College Completion Award) and Daniel Gutiérrez Zarza (architect; University of Navarre), has offices in Bilbao and Madrid.

COLL-BARREU ARQUITECTOS supports a dynamic process that transforms the dialog about the project into the principal quality of its work system. All its professional and theoretical production have been extensively published, and exhibited at Skyscraper Museum in Nueva York, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Canada’s Design Museum in Toronto, Archizoom in Lausanne, Nuevos Ministerios Exhibition Center and Conde Duque Civic Center in Madrid, MACBA and Congress Centre in Barcelona, many Spanish Institutes of Architects Headquarters, Fine Arts Museum and several showrooms in Bilbao, the first city that dedicated to Juan Coll-Barreu a solo architecture exhibition (2001). Its works comprise The Data Processing Center in Bilbao, the Air Traffic Control Center in Madrid, built to control the Galileo satellite network, the Jaca Ice Arena for the first Olympic event in the Pyrenees and the Basque Health Department in Bilbao. Among its theoretical works it is noteworthy the project “Los Ángeles 10 paradigmas”, about the modern architecture in Los Ángeles area.

Juan Coll-Barreu is professor in the Department of Architectural Design at ETSAM Madrid School of Architecture (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain), PhD professor at NC State School of Architecture and Full Faculty Member at NC State Graduate School (NC State University, U.S.A.). He is also a frequent lecturer in other universities and institutions. Among other prizes, he has won the Architecture COAVN prize, the International VETECO-ASAFAVE prize and he has been awarded as finalist at Architecture FAD Prize twice. He also was selected for the Spanish Young Architects Show 1982-2002, and won the VII Spanish Young Architects Exhibition (1999-2001), in which framework he was awarded the Honor Mention of Antonio Camuñas Foundation, that acknowledges the best under-40 architect.

Nowadays, COLL-BARREU ARQUITECTOS develops and rise buildings for public and private purposes in different places and scales, and, at the same time, continues its labor of theoretical investigation. Its projects are strongly present in the Internet and electronic media and are increasingly published in Asian architectural books and magazines.

Recently the firm has been nominated to the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award, has been honored at the Construmat Prizes, doubly honored at the Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism, triple at the COAVN Award and at the International Glass Architecture Award.

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