Ten Hot Spanish Architects

I chose this terrible title based on a male friend’s advice, of course. M., a dear Sevillan architect, argued that good architecture is always hot, regardless of the gender of its architect. Therefore their “hotness” lies in their architecture and not in their plastique. Based on this doubtful assumption, and the help of M. and his partners M. and J. from the office Baum , i gathered  a list of the ten best women architects of Spain and some of their most interesting works.

The order is alphabetical.


Lucía Cano.

Cano is the founding partner of SelgasCano, an important office based in Madrid. Selgascano will design the Serpentine Gallery in 2015. Lucía Cano graduated from the School of Architecture of Madrid in 1992.  Lucía Cano is the daughter of well-known Madrid architect Julio Cano Lasso, in whose studio she worked until 2003, when she opened her own office with José Selga.

A full overview of SelgasCano’s work here.

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Sara de Giles

Sara de Giles Dubois is a graduate from the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Sevilla (ETSA) in Seville, and has been an associate professor in the department of architectural design since 1999. She has been co-owner of the MGM architects studio since 1998. In 2004 the firm was consolidated under the name of Morales de Giles Arquitectos SL.

























María Gonzales

María Gonzales is co-founder of Sol89. She is graduated from the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Sevilla (ETSA Sevilla), University of Seville in 2000. Following this experience they established their own office Sol89 in 2001, a practice in which they strive to accommodate research, teaching and professional practice.






























Maria Langarita

María Langarita (1979) graduated in architecture from Universidad de Navarra, and she is a lecturer in Architectural Projects at ETSA Madrid and EPS Arquitectura of Universidad de Alicante. She is the co-funder   since 2005 of Langarita-Navarro.

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Blanca Lleo

Blanca Lleo  is a practicing architect based in Madrid and principal of Blanca Lleó Asociados that she established in 1985. She is Professor of the Design Studio (ProyectosArquitectónicos) and Vice Dean for External and International Relations at the School of Architecture in Madrid (ETSAM) where she has been a lecturer since 1990.























Sol Madridejos

Sol Madridejos (1958)  is an architecte graduated from the ETSA Madrid , where she also teach. In 1982 she founded the office SANCHO-MADRIDEJOS.

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Carme Pinos

Carme Pinós (born 1954) is an architect graduated from the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Barcelona in 1979. From 1982 on she formed a partnership with Enric Miralles, which ended in 1991.  She leads her own practice and teaches. Carme Pinós  was shortlisted for 2015 Women in Architecture Awards.

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Benedetta Tagliabue

Benedetta Tagliabue (1963) is an Italian architect based in Barcelona, where she also teaches  at the University of Architecture (Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona) . She founded with Enric Miralles the office EMBT.

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Belinda Tato

Belinda Tato is an architect founder in 2000 with Jose Luis Vallejo of  ecosistema urbano, a Madrid based group of architects and urban designers operating within the fields of urbanism, architecture, engineering and sociology.

Here a lecture at ETHZ

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Elisa Valero

Elisa Valero is an architect founder of elisa valero architects. She is Professor of Architectural Projects at the Superior Technical School of Architecture of Granada. She began her  career in México with the restoration of Felix Candela’s work, ‘Los Manantiales’.














If you feel i missed a few extremely relevant practitioners of Spain, let me know!