MAPAa is a workspace based in Madrid and Syracuse New York led by Marcos Parga, dedicated to exploring new ways of productive connection between research, teaching and practice.

MAPAa  works from the continuous rethinking of the limits of spatial practice from different areas in an attempt to break with the self-imposed disciplinary segregation, adding certain controlled doses of the reactionary spirit inherited from the 60’s, when it was difficult to distinguish between politics and practice, culture and consumerism, architect and designer, technology and society…

The office integrates a floating population of multidisciplinary professionals dedicated mainly to develop architectural projects, but also those that have to do with interior design, product design and publishing.

Marcos Parga is an European PhD Architect as designated by the Polytechnic University of Madrid (E.T.S.A.M.U.P.M.) and since 2017 Assistant Professor at Syracuse University School of Architecture, New York.

B.Arch, M.Arch, and PhD in 2015 at Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura – Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (ETSAM) with the dissertation “The radical option. A travel through Superstudio“, graded with Summa Cum Laude.

Between 2008 and 2017 he was Associate Professor of Architectural Design at ETSAM, and a member of the Research Group “Habitat Culture” at the same University. He also has been a visiting critic and lecturer at various universities, works as a writer on architecture theory and criticism, and was the promoter and Editor in Chief (2014- 2017) of the academic and research journal 115Días.

Team members (since 2000): Javier Navarro (Spain) / Sergio Floriano (Spain) / Cristina Gutiérrez (Spain) / Alba Lombardía (Spain) / Ana Amo (Spain) / Sonsoles Girao (Spain) / Karolina Szkliniarz (Poland) / Marcin Nowosielski (Poland) / Maciej Nisztuk (Poland) / Hector López Gamero (Spain) / Vicky Lastra (Argentina) / Lili Klein (Germany) / Nico Caggiari (Italy) / Paola Bazzu (Italy) /Matias Trujillo Grez (Spain) / Iulita Stavridi (Greece) / Toni Gelabert (Spain) / Alberto Revenga (Spain) / Mary Bravard (France) / Magdalena Garbarczyk (Poland – France) / Maciej Siuda (Poland) / Jose Luis Villalain (Spain – Usa) / Enmanuele Pibiri (Italy) / Verónica Prado (Venezuela) / Francesco Strocchio (Italy) / Tadas Jonauskis (Lituania) / Angela Rodriguez (Spain) / Patricio Pon (Argentina) / Amaia Elorza (Spain) / Flor M. Colmenares  (Venezuela) / Joao Marques (Portugal) / Enrique Camino (Spain) / Julien Vever (France) / Rocio Carabaño (Spain) / Djamila Hempel (Germany) / Yvonne Langer  (Germany) / Heidrun Becker  (Germany) / Seiki Murashige (Japan) / Helen Wyss (Switzerland) /  Alvaro Guinea (Spain) / Raul Montero (Spain) / Ruth Vega (Spain) / Irma Coello (Spain) / Nuria Martinez Salas (Spain) / Eloisa Marazuela (Spain) / Omar Rincon (Colombia-Spain) / Belen Butragueno (Spain) / Elena Prieto (Spain) / Clara Rincon (Spain) / Carmen Paz (Spain) / Roberto Hoyos (Spain) / Beatriz Villanueva (Spain) / Ana Garcia Maso (Spain) / Hector Arevalo (Spain)

Building Engineers: Fernando Olave (Spain) / Jose Antonio López (Spain) / David Vilela (Spain) / David Lazare (Spain) / Jose Ramón López Campo (Spain)

Photographers: Ira Lombardía (Spain) / Miguel de Guzmán (Spain) / Angel Baltanás (Spain)

Structural Engineers: MC2 (Julio Mtnez. Calzón) / NB35 (Jesús Jiménez Cañas) / HCA (Mª Jesús Izquierdo) / CECOMAR (Antonio Martos) / Ignacio Aspe

Mechanical Systems: Grupo JG (Emilio González) / eadAT (David Perelló) / EPISA (Juan Salazar) / CA2L (Lighting Consulting)

Acoustics: ARAU Acústica (Higini Arau)

Clients:

Awards

The office's work has been recognized with several awards in architectural competitions, awarded with the IXth Spanish Young Architects 2006 Prize organized by the Antonio Camuñas Foundation, selected to participate in several national and international exhibitions such as the Venice Architecture Biennale (2002 and 2006) or the “YAS (Young Architects of Spain)” exhibition, collected in the monograph MONOESPACIOS 4 (May 2005) published by the Madrid Colegio de Arquitectos Foundation, published in numerous books and national and international magazines, and exhibited in several lectures in Spanish and European academic and professional forums.

Honors/Recognition

2018     ARQUIA/TESIS 11th Prize Nomination (Top 15 of 176 Entries)

Ph.D. Dissertation: The Radical Option. A Travel Through Superstudio (2015).

2012     Arquitectura En Positivo Contest. Consejo Superior de Arquitectos De España.

Selected Work (From 200+ entries): U-House. Cantabria, Spain.

2007     YAS. Young Architects of Spain Exhibition.

Curators: Jesus Aparicio, Jesus Donaire

Selected Work (62 Projects displayed from a pool of more than 700 entries): N- Sports Hall. Santander, Spain.

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2007     101 Most Exciting New Architects in The World. Wallpaper Magazine

2006     IX Young Spanish Architects Contest. First Prize. Antonio Camuñas Foundation.

Awarded Work: P12 House. Foz, Spain.

2006     XII COAG Architecture Awards. Honorable Mention. Official Architects Board, Galicia, Spain.  Awarded Work: P12 House. Foz, Spain.

First Prize in Architectural Design Competitions

(International, National, Invited)

 

2016    First Prize. Special Education School. Juan XXIII Roncalli Foundation. Madrid, Spain. Invited Competition. See the project here

2013    First Prize. Bryant & García Winery. Sotillo De La Ribera, Burgos, Spain. Invited Competition.

2010    First Prize. Wind Farms Control Building Prototypes. Norvento Enerxia. Invited Competition.

2009    First Prize. School of Civil Engineering. University of Santiago De Compostela. Campus in Lugo, Spain. Xunta de Galicia + Universidad de Santiago de Compostela. National Competition. See the project here

2005    First Prize. Bernadette School Extension. Sports Pavilion and Classrooms. Aravaca, Madrid, Spain. Invited Competition. See the project here

2002    First Prize. Juan XXIII Foundation Headquarters. Madrid, Spain. Invited Competition. See the project here

2001    First Prize. Sports Complex and Hall in Burela, Lugo, Spain. Xunta de Galicia. National Competition.

2001    First Prize. Swimming Pool in Burela, Lugo, Spain. Xunta de Galicia. National Competition.

2000    First Prize. Numancia Sports Hall. Santander, Spain. Santander City Council. International Competition. See the project here

1999    First Prize. TACC. City Cultural Complex. Auditorium and Congress Hall. Lugo, Spain. Xunta De Galicia. International Competition.

1999    First Prize. Extension and Rehabilitation of Parador de Aiguablava. Girona, Spain. Paradores De Turismo de España. Invited Competition.

1999    First Prize. Defense Ministry Headquarters. Lugo, Spain. Xunta De Galicia. International Competition.

1999    First Prize. Cultural Center of Guntin. Lugo, Spain. Guntin City Council. National Competition. See the project here

Exhibitions

Selected

All

2019   

- ACTIONS FOR AN EMANCIPATORY FAITH. Syracuse University School of Architecture, NY, US. Temporary participatory installation. April 2019.

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2016   

- FRESH PRODUCT. Central de Diseño, Matadero Madrid, Spain. Group Exhibition

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2014   

- YAS. YOUNG ARCHITECTS OF SPAIN. Museo Soares dos Reis. Oporto, Portugal

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2013   

- YAS. YOUNG ARCHITECTS OF SPAIN. Group Exhibition (different venues)

Architecture University of Ryerson. TORONTO, Canada

Carleton Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism, Carleton University. OTTAWA, Canada

Spanish Cultural Center (CCEMiami). Miami, US

2012   

- SUSTAINABLE HABITAT FORUM. La Sede COAM, Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid. Madrid, Spain. Group Exhibition  

- YAS. YOUNG ARCHITECTS OF SPAIN. Group Exhibition (different venues)

Texas A&M University College of Architecture. College Station, TX, US

Instituto Cervantes. NYC, US

Cornell University College of Architecture, Art and Planning. Ithaca, US

Virginia Center for Architecture. Richmond, US

Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, Houston University. Houston, US

2011    

- A TOWN CALLED SPAIN. Central House of Artists. Moscow, Rusia. Group Exhibition

- MADRID 100% ARCHITECTURE. École Polythechnique d´Architecture et d´Urbanisme de Algiers, Algeria. Group Exhibition

- YAS. YOUNG ARCHITECTS OF SPAIN. Group Exhibition (different venues)

Latin Cultural Center. Dallas, US

The American Institute of Architects. Washington DC, US

Instituto Cervantes. Chicago, US

Spanish Academy. Rome, Italy

2010   

- MADRID 100% ARCHITECTURE. Group Exhibition (different venues)

Colegio de Arquitectos Regional. Lima, Peru

Casa dell’Architettura di Roma, Italy

Instituto Cervantes. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Casa do Baile. Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Tongji University. Shanghai, China

Instituto Cervantes.Oran, Algeria

Museum of Architecture. Buenos Aires, Argentina

European University of Madrid. Madrid, Spain

Universidad Pontifícia de Salamanca.Madrid, Spain

- YAS. YOUNG ARCHITECTS OF SPAIN. Group Exhibition (different venues)

Val de Seine School of Architecture. Paris, France

KTH School of Architecture. Stockholm, Sweden

Office of the Principality of Asturias. Brussels, Belgium

- A TOWN CALLED SPAIN. National Glyptotheque. Athens, Greece. Group Exhibition

2009   

- 25 YEARS. Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Cantabria. Santander, Spain. Group Exhibition

- YAS. YOUNG ARCHITECTS OF SPAIN. Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture. NYC, US. Group Exhibition

- MADRID 100% ARCHITECTURE. Group Exhibition (different venues)

Colegio de Arquitectos de Puerto Rico. San Juan de Puerto Rico

Colegio de Arquitectos de Ecuador. Quito, Ecuador

Colegio de Arquitectos de Chile. Santiago de Chile, Chile

2008   

- RAW 100% 0.1. Arquitectura COAM Foundation. Madrid, Spain. Group Exhibition

- MADRID 2016. OLYMPIC VILLAGE. EMVS + Arquitectura COAM Foundation. COAM Gallery. Madrid, Spain. Group Exhibition

- YAS. YOUNG ARCHITECTS OF SPAIN. Opening exhibition. Arqueria de los Nuevos Ministerios. Madrid, Spain. Group and Travelling Exhibition

2007   

- PREVIEW OF A CONTINGENCY. CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE IN GALICIA. Centro Gallego de Arte Contemporáneo (CGAC). Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Group Exhibition

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- LOST. Arquitectura COAM Foundation. Madrid, Spain. Group Exhibition

- SPAIN (f). WE, THE CITIES. Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center / S.U.P.E.C. Shanghai, China. Group Exhibition

- XII COAG PRIZE OF ARCHITECTURE 2006. Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Galicia. Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Group Exhibition

- ESPAÑA (f). NOSOTRAS LAS CIUDADES. Arqueria de los Nuevos Ministerios. Madrid, Spain. Group and Travelling Exhibition

2006   

- X MOSTRA DI ARCHITETTURA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA. Spanish Pavilion: ESPAÑA (F). NOSOTRAS LAS CIUDADES. Giardini della Biennale. Venice, Italy.

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- IX YOUNG SPANISH ARCHITECTS PRIZE EXHIBITION. Antonio Camuñas Foundation. Museo de la Ciudad. Madrid, Spain. Group Exhibition

2005   

- MONOESPACIOS 4. Arquitectura COAM Foundation. Madrid, Spain. Solo Exhibition

- WORK IN PROGRESS. MODELS EXHIBITION. El Croquis Magazine Gallery. San Lorenzo del Escorial, Spain. Group Exhibition

2004   

- RECENT WORK. EXHIBITION SERIES 2004. Arquitectura COAM Foundation. Madrid, Spain. Solo Exhibition

2002   

- VIII MOSTRA DI ARCHITETTURA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA. Spanish Pavilion: INNER LANDSCAPES. NEXT HOME, NEXT PLACE, NEXT WORK, NEXT GENERATION. Giardini della Biennale. Venice, Italy.

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2000   

- NUMANCIA SPORTS HALL COMPETITION. WINNING ENTRIES EXHIBITION. Colegio de Arquitectos de Cantabria. Santander, Spain. Group Exhibition

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