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Emiliano López Matas

Emiliano López Matas was born in Argentina in 1971 and grew up in Barcelona. In 2012 he earned his doctoral degree in architecture from the Universitat Politèctina de Catalunya, with the thesis titled 6107 MSD. Peabody Terrace: Keys of a design process led by Josep Lluís Sert. In 1999 he earned a Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design (Real Colegio Complutense de Madrid Scholarship), and in 1997 he earned the Master “History: Art, City and Architecture” from the UPC, ETSA Barcelona. He earned his degree in architecture from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Vallès in 1996. He is co-founder, together with partner Mónica Rivera, of their professional practice, López Rivera Arquitectes SLP. He has taught at the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya School of Architecture, Vallés; at the Univesitat Rovira i Virgili School of Architecture, Reus; at the ESARQ, Universitat Internacional de Catalunya; and at the Elisava Escola de Disseny. From 2004-2007, as adjunct assistant professor at Calgary University, he co-directed the school’s Barcelona Architecture Program.

The work of López Rivera Arquitectes has been recognized by several architecture awards, such as the Young Architecture Award of the 10th Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism, first award in the 7th Iberian-American Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism, first prize in the AR Emerging Architecture Awards (UK), design distinction from ID Magazine Annual Design Review, the FAD Architecture Award for Iberian architecture, and a nomination in 2009 for the Mies Van der Rohe European Prize. The firm’s projects have been published in national and international publications such as El Croquis, A+U Japan, Domus, I.D. Magazine, Interior Design (New York), and The Architectural Review (London), among others, and have been exhibited in venues such as the Cité de l'Architecture & du Patrimoine in Paris (2009) and the Venice Architecture Biennale (2012).

Work by Emiliano López Mónica Rivera Arquitectos

Photo of a contemporary, single-story hotel with gray, smooth walls interspersed with bumped out, square-shaped windows, the closest to the righthand of the frame revealing warm light and a bed. The hotel is built atop a bed of rocks.

Hotel Aire de Bardenas

Tudela, Spain
View from the inside of a centre. There are floor to ceiling windows and outdoor patio chairs are seen through the windows

House and Yoga Centre, 2011-2015

Barcelona, Spain
Photo: José Hevia
House nestled in between greenery by a hillside. A large tree towers over the house

House in El Port de la Selva, 2012

Girona, Spain
Cobblestone stairs leading up to the white apartments accented with large windows.

Infernino Tourist Apartments, 2018

Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña Spain
Entrance view of a house with lattice-styled walls that we can see through. There are two large windows on the two higher floors and a garage door on the ground floor

Lattice House, 2015

Palafrugell, Girona Spain


A brown book with pink lettering '419' repeated 4 times across the cover. On the side it is labelled International Housing Studio 2017-2019

International Housing Studio, 2017-2019

Editor; featuring work from the 419 International Housing Studio, offered by the Sam Fox School’s Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design
White book with a rectangular image of an exterior view of a house where we can see a bed with pillows through a window. The book is labelled Umbrales Domésticos Domestic Thresholds Emiliano López Mónica Rivera arquitectos

Umbrales Domésticos | Domestic Thresholds, 2016

Emiliano López Mónica Rivera Arquitectos
Publisher: Quart Verlag
Teal book with the text 'Altres Glòries Other Glòries' Proposal for the Renaturalization of Barcelonain red

Altres Glòries | Other Glòries, 2016

Proposal for the Renaturalization of Barcelona