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Elena Pérez López


ARCH 2022/6022 - Second Year Studio


Elena Pérez López holds a Professional and Master’s Degree in Architectural Design and Urbanism from the University of Navarra where she was collaborator in the departments of Construction and Art History. Her doctoral research started at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) and continues at the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM) as a PhD Candidate in Advanced Architectural Projects. The research project was awarded a 2017 BBVA Foundation Leonardo Grant for Researchers and Cultural Creators and supported by the UPM Social Council. She has collaborated with the educational innovative group Teaching Resources Lab at the UPM and was Guest Researcher at the Academy of Architecture in the Università della Svizzera italiana in 2018.

Her ongoing thesis ‘Peter Zumthor. Abstract Expressionism’ analyzes the evolution of the Swiss architect’s body of work from his origins connecting to Rationalism, Critic Regionalism and Phenomenology towards an Abstract Expressionism. The research studies the training period of Zumthor, the genesis of his universe and the manner he articulates ideas with architectural practice.

Her career path has focused both on housing and singular building encompassing the whole architectural process from competitions or concept design to construction completion. She has been in charge of many award-winning projects included in international publications and exhibitions, such as Hemeroscopium House in Madrid, Telcel Theater in Mexico City, as well as housing developments or urban design interventions. The essence of this practice aims to bring together the spirit of the Beaux Arts and Polytechnic Schools with Humanities and Social Sciences drawing the attention to materiality and skillfully tailored-crafted buildings meant to the place.