Cristina Díaz Moreno & Efren Gª Grinda founded amid.cero9 back in 1997 and since then their practice is focused on public works through competitions along with selected private commissions. Their projects have been widely disseminated and they have won more than 40 prizes in national and international competitions. Always committed to the process, their projects are designed according to the circumstance and the opportunity, combining constructive precision with conceptual clarity uncovering what’s special in each context. Their practice cultivates an approach to the contemporary notion of space that enlists sociology, technology, media, politics and representation in projects ranging from architecture (Cherry Blossom Pavilion in Jerte Valley, Spain, shown at the 12th Biennale di Venezia, Diagonal80 Industrial Pavillion in Madrid) to design (ESA Pavillion), ecosystemic studies (The Magic Mountain in Ames, We as a plague in Rome, TRP in Venice) and hybrid urban projects (Aijalaranta in Jyväskylä, or Hhouse in Balearic Islands). Their most recent constructed building, the Institución Libre de Enseñanza, Giner de los Rios foundation in Madrid was recently acclaimed by Sir Norman Foster who stated publicly “I think it is a wonderful breath of fresh air… It’s inspirational.”
With a vast academic experience, they are currently Visiting Lecturers at SOA, Princeton University (2017-) and have been Diploma Unit Masters at the A.A. School (Architectural Association), London (2009-18), Directors of an Option Studio at the GSD, Harvard University (2015-17), Visiting Professors at the Institut für Kunst und Architektur Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Vienna (2013-14 / 2018-19) and Visiting Professors and Unit Directors at SAC Städelschule Architectural Class, Frankfurt (2016-2017). While teaching together in Madrid from 1998 till 2013 (in parallel at ETSAM and ESAYA UEM) they have been visiting professors and lecturers throughout Europe, Asia and the US. Their projects have been widely disseminated and they have won more than 40 prizes in national and international competitions. Their projects and writings of the last fifteen years were documented in 2014 in a publication entitled “Third Natures, a Micropedia” and an exhibition at the AA, London, and more recently, their investigations on the role of architecture in the formation of the contemporary public realm approach have been exhibited in Vaults Beds Gardens, a solo exhibition at SOA Princeton University School of Architecture. Recent projects include Finsa Pavillion for King’s Cross, London, Palm Pavilion for Sharjah, United Emirates and the Institucion Libre de Enseñanza, Madrid. Recently a monographic issue about their works have been published in El Croquis nº184.
Cristina Díaz Moreno & Efrén Gª Grinda
Paseo Imperial 6, 1c. 28005 Madrid
info(at)cero9(dot)com / t-f +34913653527