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.
Mónica Rivera was born in Puerto Rico in 1972. In 1999 she received a Master of Architecture with Distinction 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. She is currently Professor and Chair of Graduate Architecture in the College of Architecture and Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design in the Sam Fox of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.
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. He is currently Senior Lecturer in the College of Architecture and Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design in the Sam Fox of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.