Curatorship of the Barcelona Building Construmat Award

The Mies van der Rohe Foundation adds its knowledge and experience to the already renowned prestige in the construction sector of the Barcelona Building Construmat Awards accoring to its commitment to disseminate and promote research, debate and promotion of architectural culture.

Assuming the task of curating the 17th edition of this Prize, the Mies van der Rohe Foundation aims to foster and reinforce the bonds between all the agents that need to come together to produce good architecture: architects, developers, builders, and users. And to raise awareness of the relationship between quality civil works, good construction and innovation in products, projects, services and construction materials.

As a result of this collaboration, the Barcelona Building Construmat Awards, incorporate this year a new category of participation for the ephemeral architecture of the stands participating in the Fair. The objective is to distinguish and recognize the works and proposals that represent and generate added value to the construction sector in all the areas of its diversity and to encourage the quality in each specific area to extend the promotion of a quality architecture done with rigor and that responds to the needs of society.

The rules of the Award are published here.

Jury members of the 2017 edition:

Cristina Pardal, Chairman of the Jury

Architect and doctor from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (ETSAB – UPC). Cristina Pardal is professor and member of various research groups assigned by the Department of Architecture Construction of the UPC. Collaborates in projects and programmes of different Spanish universities that have generated patents for construction materials. She has co-authored several important works with Ignasi Paricio, and collaborated with several internationally recognised architecture studios.


Andrea Deplazes

Architect (Chur and Zurich, Switzerland), co-founder and co-director of the architecture studio Bearth + Deplazes in 1988. Professor of Architecture and Construction in ETH Zurich since 1997, where he heads the Deplazes construction department. Along with other collaborators, he published Architektur Konstruiren (Constructing Architecture), as well as lead different reference works in the research field and in architectural technical innovation.


Javier Peña

Architect, founder and director of Javier Peña Ibáñez studio based in Madrid that has been awarded internationally, specialised in exhibition design, ephemeral spaces and furniture. Researcher and teacher at the European Institute of Design (IED-Madrid) and collaborator at other centres such as IESP Facultades in Brazil. Since 2014 is the promoter and coordinator of several contemporary cultural events such as the Concéntrico, the Logroño Festival of Architecture and Design.


Rosa Vilarasau

Economist, co-director and founder of NOEM, a business specialized in sustainable construction.
She has worked for several companies in the consumer goods sector, in the sales, marketing, and innovation and product development departments. In 2009, she created NOEM, which has been awarded for the European Entrepreneur Spirit Award in 2012, amongst other prises. From NOAM she develops the values of sustainability applied to technology and efficient design, has been the cause of recognition and publication in different media and well-known institutions.


Jordi Julià Sort

Civil engineer (MSc Civil Engineering). Member of the governing board of the Colegio de Ingenieros de Caminos de Cataluña, president of the Comisión Técnica de Urbanismo y Movilidad, and member of the governing board of the Agrupació Catalana de Tècnics Urbanistes. Has been Director General of Puertos y Transportes de la Generalitat de Cataluña. In 2008, he created Transfer Enginyeria, and has participated in various transportation projects (train rail, metro, tramline, bus, roads, and airports), mobility projects (public and private, passenger and mercantile) and urban planning in various countries across the globe.



February 21 2017