CV Begoña Díaz‑Urgorri Emparanza

Begoña Díaz-Urgorri Emparanza

Begoña Díaz-Urgorri Emparanza received her B Arch from the Madrid Technical University School of Architecture, ETSAM, in 1991, and a MArch from the Southern California Institute of Architecture, SCI-Arch, in Los Angeles, California, in 1993.  A faculty member at the Madrid Technical University School of Architecture, ETSAM, since 2000, she has also taught at the European University in Madrid, UEM, from 2007 to 2012. Begoña has organized several international workshops in Madrid and Berlin.

Begoña Diaz-Urgorri and Leon Benacerraf set up their architectural practice in 1994, and as principals of B+DU estudio de arquitectura, their own firm, they have received recognition for their work both nationally and internationally. They have received the awards “22nd MADRID CITY COUNCIL PLANNING, ARCHITECTURE AND CIVIL ENGINEERING AWARD (2007)”, New Housing development; the 2008 Asprima-Sima award for the best New Housing development Public Initiative Social Housing; the “21st MADRID CITY COUNCIL PLANNING, ARCHITECTURE AND CIVIL ENGINEERING AWARD (2006)”, New Housing development; the AIA CALIFORNIA COUNCIL HONOR AWARD. SOCIAL HOUSING, Madrid, Spain. American Institute of Architects; and the “13th MADRID CITY COUNCIL PLANNING, ARCHITECTURE AND CIVIL ENGINEERING AWARD (1998)”, Temporary Projects, December 1998.

They have taken part in numerous design competitions, and been awarded for their social housing projects for the Madrid Empresa Municipal de la Vivienda y el Suelo, EMVS (Madrid´s municipal housing development agency), the Madrid Chamber of Commerce Building on Calle Huertas, and the VIALIA High Speed Train Station in Vigo.

Their work has been included in many exhibitions, congresses, and conferences, including the ON-SITE exhibition at the New York Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in 2006, the 2007 exhibition at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London (RIBA), the 2007 exhibition at the AEDES am Pfefferberg Gallery in Berlin and the Shanghai World Expo in June 2010.

Their work has featured in specialist books and journals, such as Arquitectura Viva, GA DOCUMENT No. 102. The Architectural Review. Architecture and Ecology Journal no. 1332. Madrid Circuit City. ICON Journal no. 054. The Architectural Review. Economy Journal 1311.

Begoña has lectured at institutions and universities in Spain, Italy, the United States, Germany and Mexico and has been invited to sit on the juries panels of several competitions.

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