Awards: the Grand Prix Philippe Rotthier of European Architecture 2014; Shortlisted for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture-Mies van der Rohe Award 2015; the Wiener Berger 1st Prize in urban infill category 2014
Juanjo graduated from the EscuelaTécnica Superior de Arquitectura de Sevilla (ETSA Sevilla) of the University of Seville in 2000. He was third in his class (of a total of 348) and was awarded the highest grade in his Final Degree Project, which also received one prize in the 13th edition of the Dragados Final Project Awards. After a one-year scholarship at L´Écoled´Architecture de Paris-la Seine in France in 2001,he established his own office with María González (Huelva, 1975) in 2003, Sol89, a practice in which they strive to accommodate research, teaching and professional practice.
Over the years, Sol89 has had the chance to carry out and build projects from which to approach the intermediate spaces of the city as well as the reuse obsolete structures. This work has been widely published in specialized national and international magazines and journals. The practice has received prizes in competitions and national and international awards for its built work, the most recent being the Silver Medal of the FassaBortolo Prize (Ferrara, Italy, 2103), the Wiener Berger 1st Prize in urban infill category (Vienna, Austria, 2014), the Grand Prix Philippe Rottier of European Architecture (Brussels, Belgium, 2014), Silver Medal of the Fritz-HögerPreis (Berlin, Germany, 2014), 1st prize in the X Enor Architecture Award (Vigo, Spain, 2014), awarded with the 40under40 Award of the the Chicago Athenaeum Museum (Chicago, USA), Shortlisted for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture-Mies van der Rohe Award 2015, and have been finalist in the current editions of the Spanish Biennale of Architecture and Urban Planning (Madrid, 2013).
He has been invited to lecture about his work and participate in design workshops in various Spanish Architecture Institutes and in most of Spain’s architecture schools and he is associated professors in the Department of Design of the Architecture School in Seville since 2005, hold a Master Degree in Architecture and Sustainable Cities (2008) and is currently working on his doctoral thesis about destruction as a creative process in architecture. His professional and academic career also reaches the field of architectural thought; in 2008 he became founding members of the academic journal ProyectoProgresoArquitectura, indexed by AVERY and part of the catalogue of Harvard and Columbia Universities. He has published articles and given talks in different conferences, as well as directed seminars and meetings, such as the International Congress dedicated to the work of JørnUtzon for the Universidad Internacional de Andalucía (2009) and the annual seminar AccionesComunes (2013) for the Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo about artistic and architectural strategies that intervene in the intermediate spaces of the city.
He is the coauthor of the book Cuaderno Rojo (University of Seville, 2010), and author of Proyectos Encontrados (Recolectores Urbanos, 2012) as well as El dibujo del mundo (Lampreave, 2014). In this order, these books are reflections about research in architecture design, the debris of contemporary architectural culture and the idea of journey and drawing in the work of the Norwegian architect Sverre Fehn.