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I was born in the tropical south of Mexico and trained as an architect in sunny Barcelona at ETSAB, graduating with highest honours in 2013. I’ve lived international architectural experiences, with an Erasmus scholarship in the Netherlands at TU Delft where I started the research for my master thesis (2010), in an international studio on Urban Development and Cultural Landscape at the School of Landscape Architecture of Tsinghua University in Beijing (2011) and with an EU/AUS Scholarship for the Joint Mobility Project on Architecture and Climate Change in Australia at the University of Technology of Sydney (2012) and more. I worked for a couple of years in Ramón Sanabria's office in Barcelona (2008-2010, 2013) focusing mostly on architectural competitions. I’m fluent in English, Spanish, Italian, confident in French and Catalan and currently inmersed into Japanese. My interests revolve around traveling, photography, design, fashion, landscape, contemporary art, temporary installations, geometry, running, lomography and water management subjects. Take a look inside!



ROTTERDAM water museum Rotterdam, The Netherlands April 2013 - Master Thesis Architecture School of Barcelona - TU Delft

Bringing Rotterdam Closer To The River Maas Water and Rotterdam are inseparable. The key feature of the city is the river Maas, the city’s lifeline. However, there are not many opportunities to get close to it: the riverside is surrounded by a protection dike that creates a physical and visual barrier between city and river. The primary intention of this design is to give awareness of the river space. Choosing a location directly on the dike and the river, the water museum aims to reflect ‘in situ’ the qualities of the place, where the dynamics of the river are a special feature with the water level varying with the tides and seasons. The building is conceived as a port structure, looking at the structural simplicity of the piers located throughout Rotterdam’s industrial port. The structure is incorporated in every scale: it’s the last skin, it organizes a sequential promenade, it dissolves, duplicates or disappears to generate openings and control the sights. It is a placed above the river, blurring the boundaries between the exhibition and the river’s reflection in its interior.


view of the museum square looking at south rotterdam and the maas river



typical dike section along the riverfront



roof plan (+10,5m)



exhibition plan (+5,5m)


sections through the transformed dike including the water museum


building section through dike and auditorium


transforming the dike profile along the riverfront


interior details (1:30)


the exhibition: using water reflections as a medium


A water museum that wants to raise awareness towards the river and activate the public space along the shoreline, making this space communicate a dynamic story of the shifting relationship between land and water.



tidal field Curtis Island, Australia July 2012 - Environmental Design Studio University of Techonology Sydney

Intertidal Water-Monitoring Centre “I wish there were stable places, immobile, intangible, untouched and almost untouchables unmovable, rooted; places to act as references, points of departure, origins.” “(…) Stable places don’t exist, and it’s because they don’t exist that space becomes a question, ceases to be self-evident.” George Perec, Species of Spaces Curtis Island is no stable place. It’s been constantly changing, evolving from a barely populated piece of land in the bottom tip of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park to being part of the flourishing coal industry, hosting LNG facilities where gas will be shipped from. Therefore, the proposal is a water monitoring-centre to ensure the quality of the water entering the reef. Water has been the design shaper. The project consists in a series of walkways along the mangroves inspired by the geometry of water streams that link the different facilities. The water monitoring is done through a series of navigational markers placed along the tidal area. 14

Like sentinels guarding the site, these markers occupy their waterside territory and lit up according to water conditions, establishing a dialog with Gladstone harbour and acting as a reflection.


Future Gas Plant Sites


field of occupation




field of markers

low tide occupation

high tide occupation




intertidal zone


water monitoring centre and boathouse plan and sections






40.0662 R1.3776

10.9367 R8.5891 R2.0176 R2.8050

9.4091 R2.2252








R2.4311 R3.4956

R3.1488 R1.9939

R2.2069 16.4750




14.7831 R2.2470



R2.3803 R2.5394


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water as a design shaper


cross-in farmlands Beijing, China December 2012 Tsinghua University - School of Landscape Architecture

m 3.5k 6. Beijing Olympic Park

8. Yuanmingyuan Park


7. Beijing National Stadium

1.8km 9. Summer palace

m 6.5k 5. Beijing Zoo


13.5 km 4. Yuyuantan park

1. Forbidden City

3. Tian An Men Square

2. Beijing Opera House

.2km 17 4. Temple of Heaven

Contemporary Hydrological Landscape Park The project revolves around the design of a park with a large reservoir of drinking water for Beijing, articulated with a new tramline running along the Emperor’s Summer Palace gates with two tram stations connecting the future park to the center of Beijing. Our proposal is rooted on the historical agricultural traces of the site. The existing farmfield structure serves as a starting point for the morphology of the proposal. We use the noun 田[tian] meaning farmland as an inspiration for the design of one of the tram stations linked to the summer palace western gate, making a transition from the agricultural landscape of the park to the imperial landscape of the palace.


ç”° [tian] [tian]

noun. Farmland. noun. Farmland.

west gate

entrance square

tram station square

road and canal

zoom area: a tram station linked to the summer palace’s west gate



kite plaza





summer palace


site analysis bringing water back to Beijing: water reservoir park and new tram


the zoom area from agriculture to nature from agriculture to culture

connections texture transitions 4 themed landscapes coming together

masterplan : basic structure rooted on the agricultural texture of the site





DALI Tv studio Figueras, Spain July 2011 Architecture School of Barcelona

A Roof that transforms along Figueras’ Castle ‘transmit’ /tranzˈmɪt, trɑːnz-, -ns-/ verb: broadcast or send out (an electrical signal or a radio or television programme) The TV studios building is placed in the castle’s moat, just between two parts of the old building with possibilities of being reused. This is the moment when the initial diagram’s lines take the leading role: they define the structure, creating shells that allow having column-free spaces according to the necessities of the building. Hollow steel beams form the main structure while the secondary structure works as a wooden paneling, reminiscent of historical building techniques in Catalonia, bringing warmth and comfort to the interior of the building. Construction and detail are important matters, joining the old to the new and bringing traditional techniques such as paneling to a contemporary dimension. Therefore, the new building stands out as an add-on, making a statement of the new uses and possibilities of the castle, once forgotten and now in the road of activation.


re-using the castle’s moat and interior through a connecting roof 27

location - longitudinal section - structural model


first floor plan


media park-ing Ciudad Juárez, Mexico March 2011 Arquine Magazine Competition

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ping Shop Las Mall ones Misi

Re-using abandoned parking lots connected to the new Media Park Ciudad Juarez has always been a silent door, a parenthesis, a bridge. A social experience lab caused by the catastrophic elements that have condemned it in the last years. In this mix between marginality and hope, the possibilities of outdoor recreation are very limited. The fleets of people leaving the city generate abandoned spaces that are just a shadow of what they used to be. Places of opportunity. We think of an urban scale solution: a system that takes the unused parking lots of the city and that nurtures itself from Pronaf, the actual cultural hotspot of the city. The media programme located on trucks parked in marginated areas, conquering them through coloured shadows. They are containers of activity and connection, a network that’s spread in spots all over the city. Containers that generate encounters and public space.


mediapark main building


The media programme is located on trucks that park in marginated areas, conquering them through coloured shadows. They are containers of activity and connection, a network that’s spread in spots all over the city that will generate encounters and public space.






la roca urban expansion La Roca del VallĂŠs, Spain January 2008 Architecture School of Barcelona

A Permeable Urban Fabric A complex, permeable, extensive tissue: a dwelling typology where the idea of the patio house is recovered, combining commerce and living in the ground floor. This is an exercise on the void: the void is as important as what is built; the void articulates the proposal through a series of small sized squares, related to the dwellings and everyday use, complemented by squares of a bigger scale that generate central points in the middle of the tissue, supported by public buildings attracting activity fluxes. A grid whose main axes takes a commercial use and that in its intersections protects a group of dwellings generating more peaceful areas.Singular points within this grid, become higher and become reference points within the tissue.


masterplan and patio typology


favela: under construction... Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Barcelona, Spain January 2009 eme3 Architecture Festival - Public’s Choice Award

Work in Progress A Public’s Choice Award winning temporary installation on the eme3 Architecture Festival in Barcelona that consisted on an physical and interactive model inspired by Rocinha, the biggest favela in Rio di Janeiro and the projection of the video of an interview to the Pritzker winner architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha held by us, students of the Architecture School of Barcelona (ETSAB) in a study trip to Brasil on January 2009. 15 architects-to-be… what to do? We realized that making a rigorous analysis on the favelas in an architecture exposition was the labor of an experimented urbanist… We realized that our hundreds of pictures taken in Rocinha couldn’t be the ones of a renowned photographer or the ones of someone who had experienced and lived the favela…Better let the inhabitants decide.


an installation that responds to the users’ -inhabitants- needs of growth





work experience Barcelona, Spain September 2008 - July 2010 Ramón Sanabria Arquitectes Associats

Participated in: _Competitions: CEIP Fluviá’ competition - first prize Krakow Parliament competition -in progress_Editorial / Communications: TC Cuadernos and ON Design Design of the company’s portfolio _Architectural Drawing, Drafting, Rendering ESADE Campus, Dwellings in Sabadell , Olot Hospital, Cultural Complex in Sabadell


olot hospital: drawing plans, creating renderings and presentations 43

Fluviรก Public School Competition: First Prize. Worked together with project leader. Participated in concept design, drawing plans, rendering, construction detailing and defyning the bioclimatic strategy.



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