SOL89 ARCHITECTS / TORONTO
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María (Huelva, 1975) and Juanjo (Sevilla, 1974) graduated from the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Sevilla in 2000 and awarded the highest grade in their Final Degree Projects, receiving both prizes in the 13th edition of the Dragados Final Project awards. After a one-year scholarship at L´École d’Architecture de Paris-la Seine in France, they established their own office SOL89 in 2001, 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 throughout intermediate spaces of the city as well as reusing obsolete structures. This work has been widely published in national and international magazines and journals and has received several awards, most recently: 1st prizes in the Architecture Awards of the Architectural Institute of Seville and Huelva (2006, 2015 and 2016), Silver Medal of the Fassa Bortolo Prize (Italy, 2013), the Wienerberger 1st Prize (Austria, 2014), Silver Medal of the Fritz-Höger Preis (Germany, 2014), the Grand Prix Philippe Rotthier of European Architecture (Belgium, 2014), 1st prize in the X Enor Young Architecture Award (Spain, 2014) and awarded with the 40under40 prize 2014 of the Chicago Athenaeum for Young European Architects (USA, 2014). They are finalists of the FAD Award in 2013 and 2015, finalists of the European Award for Architectural Heritage Intervention in 2017, finalists in the Spanish Biennale of Architecture 2014 and awarded in the 2016 edition. They have been nominated for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture-Mies van der Rohe Award 2015 and chosen for representing Spain in the XV Biennale di Venezia 2016, winner of the Golden Lion.
They are Associate Professors at the Department of Design of the Architecture School in Seville since 2005 and Master degrees in Architecture and sustainable cities, University of Seville 2008. They have been Guest professors at the University of Notre Dame of Beirut, Polytechnic University of Bratislava, Kingston University of London, Catholic University of Santiago de Chile, Polytechnic University of Madrid, Polytechnic University of Catalunya, Polytechnic University of Navarra, Polytechnic University of Valencia, University of La Coruña, University San Jorge of Zaragoza, University of Cartagena, University of Granada, University of Málaga, University of Beira Interior and Polytechnic University of Lucerne.
Their professional and academic career also spans the field of architectural thought; They have published articles and spoken at conferences, as well as directed seminars and meetings, such as the International Congress dedicated to the work of Jørn Utzon for the Universidad Internacional de Andalucía (2009) and the annual seminars Acciones Comunes (2013, 2016, 2017 and 2018) for the Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo about artistic and architectural strategies. They are the coauthors of the books Cuaderno Rojo (University of Seville, 2010) and Acciones Comunes (Universidad Menéndez Pelayo, 2014), and authors 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 architectural design, the debris of contemporary architectural culture and the idea of journey and drawing in the work of the Norwegian architect Sverre Fehn.