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Founding partner of The Fautory. Laia Celma graduated in architecture and urban design in 2004 from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona (ETSAB), and the Technical University in Delft. Since then, Celma has been practicing both independently and as team member in international architectural firms such as Snøhetta, or Foreign Office Architects.
Laia has also received awards from numerous international architecture and urban design competitions in Europe, the United States, Mexico and South America. Celma was a finalist of the Dragados Awards in Spain in 2005 and the young architects award from Foment de les Arts Decoratives (Incubadora del FAD), in Barcelona in 2006. Celma was appointed Adjunct Studio Professor at SUNY Buffalo between 2009 and 2010 and has been a regular invited critic at academic institutions such as Cornell University, Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania and The Cooper Union.
Pep Avilés is a historian, architect, and professor specialized in postwar and contemporary architecture. He holds a diploma in Architecture and a Master degree in the history and theory of art and architecture from the School of Architecture in Barcelona (Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona – U.P.C.), and a Master in Arts and Ph.D. degrees from Princeton University. He also studied at the Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan in Stockholm and as Visiting Scholar at Columbia University. He taught previously at Princeton University, Columbia University, The Cooper Union, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, and the Barcelona Institute of Architecture where he was appointed Head of Graduate Studies to design, coordinate and supervise the Master’s curriculum.
His academic research explores the impact media had in the materiality of architecture as well as in the redefinition of modernism after the World War II. His essays have been published in journals such as Thresholds, Footprint, Quaderns d'Architecture i Urbanisme, Volumne, and San Rocco, and in edited volumes such as Dust and Data: Traces of the Bauhaus Across 100 Years (Ines Weizman ed., 2019), Bauhaus In and Out, (Carolina B. García and Laura Martínez de Guerreñu, eds., 2019), and Climates: Architecture and the Planet Imaginary (James Graham, Caitlin Blanchfield, Alissa Anderson, Jordan Carver, and Jacob Moore, eds., 2016). He is currently working on a historiographic revision that has as its object of study the reappraisal of Antoni Gaudí’s work in the postwar context (1945-1960). He is the editor of the Spanish translation of Sigfried Ebeling’s Der Raum als Membran (1926).
Avilés' work has been sponsored by the Canadian Center for Architecture, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, and the Getty Research Center, among others, and has been exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale (2014), the Elmhurst Art Museum in Chicago (2016), the Centre de Cultura Contemporànea de Barcelona (2017), and the Oslo Architecture Triennale (2019). He is also the founding editor of the journal Faktur: Documents and Architecture.
Avilés collaborated as architect in the office of Herzog and the Meuron, His work as an architect received several national and international recognitions (Europan 2001) and has been published in international magazines such as Bauwelt.
Matthew Kennedy, Marc Miller, Miranda Esposito, Iago López, X-Made (Miquel Rodríguez), Marta García Orte, Maio, (María Charneco, Alfredo Lérida, Anna Puigjaner, Guillermo López), Carlos Pascual, Miquel Surinyac, Nacho Vidal, Laura Gil, Dario Assante, BeMA Arquitectes (Sara Bonet i Mercè Majoral), Álex Ivancic, Albert Colomer.