Mateo Arquitectura


Teodor Roviralta 39, 08022 Barcelona, Spain
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Mateo Arquitectura
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Josep Lluís Mateo
Josep Lluís Mateo was born in 1949 on April 23rd in Barcelona.
Since qualifying as an architect in 1974 (ETSAB) and gaining his doctorate (cum laude) from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Polytechnic University of Catalonia) in 1994, Josep Lluís Mateo has always combined professional and academic activity. Since 2008, he has been the President of the Board of Directors of the BIArch (Barcelona Institute of Architecture) and, since 2002, Pro¬fessor of Architecture and Projects at the ETH-Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich). He has been a lecturer at numerous universities, and lectured and taught at the world’s foremost institutions, including Princeton, Columbia University in New York, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, ABK Stuttgart, UP8 Paris, OAF Oslo and ITESM Mexico. He has also been Visiting Scholar at the Jean P. Getty Center (Los Angeles, USA).

With each of his projects, Josep Lluís Mateo seeks to connect the practice of construction (with particular emphasis on all the pragmatic aspects of the profession) with research and development in both intellectual and programmatic terms. He works in the area that brings together the sphere of ideas with the physical world of reality.

Outstanding works marking his career include the head office of the Bundesbank in Chemnitz (1996, Germany), the construction of 30 housing units in Borneo (2000, Holland) and his intervention in the Barcelona Forum 2004 with the CCIB, Barcelona International Convention Centre, the 5-star AC hotel and the CZF office block. Josep Lluís Mateo developed the new branch image and layout for Banco Sabadell (2004), remodelled the bank’s historical head office (2006) and designed the entrance and main branch of its emblematic office block in Barcelona (2007-2010). His recent work includes the design of Largo da Devesa square in Castelo Branco (2006, Portugal), Sant Jordi Hall of Residence (2006, Barcelona) and the office building for WTC Almeda Park in Cornellà (2006, Barcelona).And the most recently, the office Building “The Factory” in Boulogne-Bilancourt (Paris), The new headquarters for PGGM in Zeist (Holland) and The Film Theatre of Catalonia in Barcelona

Josep Lluís Mateo’s projects have formed part of group exhibitions on several occasions, as a result of the practice’s international influence. Recently, the New York’s MoMA devoted a space in the exhibition “Spain: On Site” to the apartment building in Valencia for the Sociopolis Project (2006). In 2009, the Pavillon de l’Arsénal in Paris included the current Boulogne-Billancourt project in its permanent exhibition “Paris, visite guidée” and Barcelona’s AC hotel in the show “The Invention of the European Tower”.

Marta Cervelló
Barcelonian by birth (1959), graduated in architecture in 1986 at the ETSAB.
Member of the editorial board of the magazine Quaderns d´Arquitectura i Urbanisme from 1986 to 1991 under the direction of Josep LLuís Mateo.
She was a member of the Board of the Catalan Architects Association: From 1990 to 1994 she was the responsible for the Culture Department. From 1994-1998 she was Secretary to the Government of the Catalan Architects Association.
Nowadays she is a member of the Executive Board of the Architects Savings Bank, as well as its Cultural Foundation.
From 1991, her professional career is in MAP Architects, where she is Associate Partner.


His body of work has been awarded many prizes, including:

- IV Premios NAN 2010 TPI Group. FIRST PRIZE
Project: La Factory office building in Boulogne-Billancourt (Paris)
Category: best Spanish project abroad.

- Premio Aplus 2010, Grupo Vía. FIRST PRIZE
Project: WTC office building in Cornellà, Barcelona
Category: Aplus Award for office building architecture

- The Top International Purpose-Built Venue 2008. FIRST PRIZE
Project: CCIB - Barcelona International Convention Centre
Category: Best international building to host events, conventions and congresses

- Trophée Archizinc 2008. FIRST PRIZE
Project: Sant Jordi Students’ Hall of Residence in Barcelona
Category: Collective building

- Contract World 2006. SECOND PRIZE
Project: AC Hotel for the Barcelona Forum 2004
Category: Hotels

- Mies van der Rohe Award 2005. FINALIST
Project: CCIB - Barcelona International Convention Centre
Category: European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture

- Premios FAD 2005. FINALIST
Project: CCIB - Barcelona International Convention Centre
Category: Architecture

- Spanish Architecture Biennial 2005. FINALIST
Project: CCIB – Barcelona International Convention Centre

- Prize for the Best Work 1997-2001 - Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Baleares. FIRST PRIZE
Project: Single-family residence in Artà, Majorca
Category: Single-family residence

- XV Premio Grupo Dragados de Arquitectura y de la Fundación CEOE 2001. FIRST PRIZE
Project: Apartment building on the island of Borneo, Amsterdam, Holland

- Santander Biennial 1991
Project: Remodelling of the old town of Ullastret, Girona province, Spain
Considered one of the best Spanish works of architecture of the eighties

- Premio ITALSTAT for young European Architects, 1991. FIRST PRIZE

Josep Lluís Mateo was editor-in-chief of the magazine Quaderns d’Arquitectura i Urbanisme from 1981 to 1990. During this period, the magazine received the following awards: ACCA (Catalan Association of Art Critics, 1981), Laus (1985) and Laus ADG (1981), Ciutat de Barcelona (Visual Arts Prize, 1984) and the prize awarded by the International Union of Architects (UIA) at the 1990 Sofia Biennial.


His project for the Film Theatre of Catalonia has been presented at the National Glyptotheque in Athens, as part of the exhibition “A City called Spain” during 2010, which is now being exhibited in Moscow, in the context of the dual celebration of the year“España en Rusia y el de Rusia en España”. Also during 2010, at the COAC in Barcelona (Architects’ Institute of Catalonia) have been shown the projects for Doctor Trueta General Hospital (“Architecture for Health. 18 Years of Health-care Architecture in Catalonia. CatSalut 1991-2009”) and the women’s prison in Sant Llorenç d’Hortons (“Legal and Penitentiary Architecture”).
It has also been recently shown the urban and pavement renewal of the Ullastret old city centre project as part of the itinerant exhibition “Deux rues, une place”. Perpignan-Girona

Individual exhibitions about the work of Josep Lluís Mateo include those at RAS gallery (Barcelona, 2009) Architekturgalerie Aedes (Berlin, 2004), Architekturzentrum (Vienna, 1998), Col•legi Oficial d’Arquitectes de Catalunya (Barcelona, 1998), Galerie Fragner (Prague, 1998), Galerie Aedes (Berlin, 1994), Architekturgalerie (Lucerne, 1992) and Architekturgalerie (Munich, 1991).