José María Sánchez Gárcia: Opposite Landscapes

Work by José María Sánchez Gárcia

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Cornell in Rome Fall 2014 Lecture Series

José María Sánchez Gárcia's architectural projects can perhaps best be typified by the fact that they never be typified; that they never seem to subscribe to a singular strategy. Like a great actor that absorbs his character, the buildings of Sánchez Gárcia can be alternately playful, serious, ponderous, skeletal, monumental, or demure, depending on their programs, and the variety of their contexts.

Based in Madrid, Sánchez Gárcia is on the architecture faculty of the Polytechnic University of Madrid. His architecture studio, which has existed only since 2006, has already won numerous prizes, including, in 2009, both an award in Architectural Record's Design Vanguard New York prize as well as a first prize in the Architectural Review's awards for emerging architects, and a finalist position in the Iberoamerican Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism in Medellín in 2010. In 2011 he was selected as one of the best seven emerging offices by the Global Observatory at the ETH in Zurich, and received another award from Architecture Review for emerging architecture. In 2013 he was selected for the Mies van der Rohe prize for Contemporary European Architecture. This year, he has won the prestigious BSI Swiss Architectural Award. Additionally, he has won or placed in 22 award categories in his native Spain, all in the last six years.