GARCIAGERMAN ARQUITECTOS is an architectural studio founded in 2003 with offices in Madrid and Santander, Spain, and with international teaching and working experience.  It currently compromises a team of 11 professionals (architects, structural, mechanical and environmental engineers, technical architects and staff) led by PRINCIPAL Jacobo García-Germán in the Madrid office and DIRECTOR Manuel del Río in the Santander office.

The firm is devoted to the exploitation of practical opportunities connecting the fields of education and research with those of building activity, in the belief that architecture is foremost a cultural activity which provides added value to the city and its users. GARCIAGERMAN ARQUITECTOS works in the connection between the worlds of pragmatic and cultural architecture, between working and learning and between the local and the global, with the aim of communicating and engaging with users as its primary goal. Because of this, its work focuses on the development and construction of architectural projects complemented with a strong presence in the world of University and Media. The office has undertaken a total of 45 built works and obtained twenty-two prizes in national and international architectural competitions, with its work having been widely published internationally (Oris, Transfer, AA Review,  Arquitectura Viva, AV Concursos, Arquitectura COAM, Actar Total Housing, Verb-Actar, New forms of collective housing in Europe, Arquitectos CSAE, Pasajes, CIRCO, BAU, On Diseño, UHF, Excepto,…),. It is currently included in El Croquis Galería de Arquitectura in El Escorial, Madrid.



Madrid, 1974
Licensed architect COAM Nº 13.492


- Architect (Specialization: Urbanism). Madrid Polytechnic (ETSAM), 2000. Thesis Tutor: Emilio Tuñón
- MA Histories & Theories Master in Architecture. Architectural Association School, London (AA), 2003
- European PhD (Hons. – Cum Laude). Madrid Polytechnic (ETSAM), 2010. Director: Juan Herreros


- Architect at the Office of Rafael Moneo, Madrid, 1998-2001
- Architect at the Office of Gabriel Ruíz-Cabrero, Madrid, 2002
- Urbanist at the Technical Department of Gerencia Municipal de Urbanismo, Excmo. Ayto. de Madrid, 2001-02


- Design Teacher at ETSAM since 2005
- Assistant Professor (Ayudante Doctor) Design Teacher at ETSAM since 2015
- Director of L1 Master en Proyectos Avanzados (MPPAA) at ETSAM since 2015
- ANECA Credit for Associate Professor (Titular de Universidad) since 2015
- ERASMUS Programme Coordinator for ETSAM (Ljubljana, Zagreb, Munich)
- PhD Director at ETSAM since 2010



- Feng-Chia University Taiwan, 2015
- ISCTE-IUL Lisboa, 2012
- Roma Tre Roma, 2012
- Split Architecture Faculty, 2011
- Ljubljana Architecture Faculty, 2010
- Escola da Cidade Sao Paulo, 2010
- Universidad Javeriana Bogotá, 2007-09
- FeBelCem Antwerp, 2008
- Escuela de Arquitectura de Pamplona, 2012
- Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca, Madrid, 2011-14
- Universidad Camilo José Cela, Madrid, 2003-04
- ETSAM Madrid, 2005-


- Columbia University New York, 2012
- Cornell University New York, 2012
- Universidad Católica de Lima, 2011
- Architectural Association London, 2005
- IE Instituto de Empresa Segovia, 2011-12, 2017
- Universidad Francisco de Vitoria Madrid, 2011
- UPC-La Salle Tarragona, 2009
- Universidad Europea Madrid, 2006-09


- Golden Lion XV Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 (Scientific Committee Member)
- FAD Prize Pensamiento y Crítica, 2013
- First Prize 80 Dwellings Carabanchel Competition. Empresa Municipal de la Vivienda, 2002 (Built)
- First Prize Europan 9 Competition 2009
- First Prize Eurocís Urban Development Competition. San Sebastián de los Reyes, Madrid, 2005
- Awarded XXI Premios de Urbanismo, Arquitectura y Obra Pública del Excmo. Ayto. de Madrid, 2001
- Awarded Prize XXI Premios de Urbanismo, Arquitectura y Obra Pública del Excmo. Ayto. de Madrid, 2006
- Runner-Up Europan 6 Competition 2001
- Selected for European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture Mies van der Rohe Award, 2009 (Project: Prototipo Periférico Nº2, Built)
- Selected New Forms of Collective Housing, 2009 (Project: Prototipo Periférico Nº2, Built)
- Selected Foro Arquia/Próxima 2010 (Project: Nacka Rings, Stockholm)


- Scientific Committee Member for the Spanish Pavilion of the XV Venice Architecture Biennale 2016
- Member of Grupo de Investigación Prácticas Emergentes en Arquitectura, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
- President and co-founder of Asociación Cultural Symmetries (Nº 1/1/600409) for education since 2012
- Academic Director for Arquitectura Ibérica, Fundación Arquitectura y Sociedad

BOOKS (Author)

- Estrategias operativas en arquitectura. Técnicas de proyecto de Price a Koolhaas (ISBN 978-987-584)
- Le Corbusier, estrías y organizaciones laminares: figuraciones sobre Olivetti (ISSN 2174-1603)
- From representation to diagram. Efficiency, performance and effects in the architecture of the late sixties (ISBN 978-3-639-31399-4)
- Fernando Higueras. Canarias y Las Salinas (Ed.) (ISBN 978-84-944300-2-2)
- Guía de Arquitectura de Madrid 1975-2007 (Ed.) (ISBN 84-934362-9-1)


- Member of the editorial board of Arquitectura-COAM, official magazine of the Madrid Colegio de Arquitectos (COAM), 2001-8
- Member of the editorial board of CPA-Cuadernos de Proyectos Arquitectónicos, official magazine of DPA-ETSAM, since 2013


- Curator & designer A Minor Architecture. Espacio Valverde Gallery, Madrid 2017
- Curator & designer La Casita Azul architecture exhibition cycle. CentroCentro Cibeles, Excmo. Ayto. de Madrid, 2014-16
- Curator Madrid Cultural Assemblages. Spanish Embassy / Instituto Cervantes Sofia, Bulgaria and Sofia Architecture Week, 2012
- Curator & designer Madrid Arhitektura. Spanish Embassy Ljubljana, 2010
- Curator APFC-ASAP Exhibition. ETSAM, 2010
- Curator Cóctel Editorial Revistas Independientes de Arquitectura. Bienal Iberoamericana de Arquitectura y Urbanismo BIAU, Medellín, 2010