Eva Franch i Gilabert is a Catalan architect, researcher and teacher, founder of the Barcelona based OOAA (office of architectural affairs) and a Director of the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York City. Franch has studied at the TU Delft, the ETS Arquitectura Barcelona (where she received her Master in Architecture with Honors in 2003) and at the Princeton University where she received the Suzanne Kolarik Underwood Prize and her M. Arch. II degree in 2007.
Franch’s work draws on sensorial archeologies of cultural, political, social, technological and formal realms in addressing spaces of collectivity and public action. Her research in architecture focuses on ideological, cultural and formal disruptions through “architectural doubts” in the three operative fields: utopias (historic-politic), metaphors (cognitive-formal) and atmospheres (material-experiential).
She received numerous awards, her work was published and exhibited many times and so we bring you only a few highlights of her work:
- Center for Architecture, New York
- Korean Institute of Architects, Daegu
- FAD Barcelona
- NAI Rotterdam
- Shenzen Biennale of Architecture
- SOA Princeton
- COAR Rioja
- ETSA Barcelona
- “Terminal B. Barcelona Creative Database” (2008)
- “CityThemeCity” i “Content_A”, Pidgin (2006-7)
- “Dementia”, Postboks (2004)
- “Pause Pavillion”, Pasajes (2004)
- “Generative metaphors”, Sources of Architectural Form (2007)
- “R.E.D. studies”, Imagined Spaces (2007)
- La Caixa (2005-2007)
- Incubadora del FAD (2007)
Dragados Foundation prize
Founded in 1982, Storefront for Art and Architectureis a nonprofit organization committed to the advancement of innovative positions in architecture, art and design.
Almost three decades later, Storefront has maintained an important position among the local, national, and international design communities through consistently innovative and experimental programming, and remains one of New York’s only alternative platforms focusing primarily on architecture and the built environment.
Storefront is located in a unique triangular ground-level space on Kenmare Street in the Chinatown/Little Italy/Soho area of New York City. Situated on a major downtown thoroughfare between three radically different cultural sectors, Storefront attracts a diverse audience. Nearly 30 meters long, the gallery tapers from 6 meters to only one meter at its west end.
In 1993, Storefront commissioned a collaborative building project by artist Vito Acconci and architect Steven Holl. The project replaced the existing facade with a series of twelve panels that pivot vertically or horizontally to open the entire length of the gallery directly onto the street. The project blurs the boundary between interior and exterior and, by placing the panels in different configurations, creates a multitude of different possible facades. Now regarded as a contemporary architectural landmark, the Storefront's façade is visited by artists, architects and students from around the world.
Over one thousand internationally recognized artists, architects and designers have shown at Storefront; these include Peter Cook, Diller+Scofidio, Tony Feher, Dan Graham, Coop Himmelblau, Alfredo Jaar, Kiki Smith, and Lebbeus Woods, among many others.
From it's founding, Storefront has been the most innovative, progressive and fearless gallery devoted to architecture in the United States.– Michael Sorkin, Architecture Critic
You'll get a chance to meet Eva Franch i Gilabert at the First Think Space Unconference in Lauba People and Art House, in Zagreb, from 18th to 20th November, 2011.
More about Think Space Unconference find out here.