(Llerena 1967)

PhD of Architecture by the School of Architecture (ETSAM) of the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (UPM), MArch by Princeton University (USA) where he was a Fulbright scholar, he has taught at Princeton University, Pratt Institute in New York, the University of Alicante, at Keio University, Tokyo, and since 2001 at the School of Architecture of Madrid. In 1999, he founded Office for Strategic Spaces (OSS), a Madrid based architecture and art practice.

His works have been recognized with a number of quality awards: for Factoría Cultural Matadero Madrid, he won the Award COAM with Special Mention (Architects Association from Madrid, Spain 2015), the NAN Award to Best Rehabilitation Project 2016  and the Prize to the Most Innovative Workplace Project at the Build Sustainability Awards (UK, 2016); also the 3rd Prize at the RTF Sustainability Awards – Workplace (India, 2016), he was selected among the 20 finalists at the XIII Spanish Biennial of Architecture (Spain, 2016) and have been nominated at the European Prize of Contemporary Architecture Mies van der Rohe 2014. He was also selected to exhibit within the Spanish Pavilion, a Golden Lion winner at the XV Biennale di Venezia (Italy, 2016). For his feature documentary The Competition, he won the 1st COAM (Architects Association from Madrid, 2014) and the Architecture Dissemination Award at the XIII Spanish Biennial of Architecture (Spain, 2016); at the same edition of the Biennial, he won the Research Prize as a director of the research project titled La Historia de la Escuela (The School’s History).

He built Factoría Cultural Matadero Madrid, a reversible architecture project that reuses an existing former industrial space and turns into a creative industries hub within El Matadero, the contemporary art centre from Madrid and designed the Master Plan for the Solar Decathlon Madrid. Together with Natalie Jeremijenko (X-Clinic, NYU), he is the co-author of the prototype Urban Space Station, an advanced greenhouse able to alter the urban buildings in order to enhance quality of life. He leads the long term research Ensanche! / Pump Up Housing! a massive housing rehabilitation program based on a decision support software; developed Mutant Bridges, a study on the monofunctionality of the public works and their possible occupation and together with Haruki Sato and Jorge Almazán from Keio University, developed Satoyama Hills, a research that proposes sustainable solutions for housing and facilities in the tsunami-affected areas off the coast of Japan. He designed the layout for exhibitions such as FeedForward at LABoral Gijón, the exhibition Filipiniana at the Centro Cultural Conde Duque or the exhibition Arte e Imagen en Movimiento at the National Museum Reina Sofia. He is the author of the site specific installations that work also as resting spaces for the Art Fair ARCO 03 and ARCO 04 and constructed houses such as the House Space Invader or House Murakami etc.

At public architecture competitions, Angel Borrego Cubero won among others, the 1st position in the international ideas competition for the design of the Civil Registry in the Campus of Justice in Madrid (2007) and the 2nd position in the competition for the design of a Mixed Use Complex in Zaragoza (2007); he was a finalist at the Competition for the Brewery Space Mahou Madrid (2015) and he was a finalist twice at Europan (2003, 2005).

While trained as an architect, Angel Borrego Cubero has built a career focused on interdisciplinary topics such as the contemporary urban condition, the relationship between private and public space, violence, surveillance, architectural fictions etc. Mainly making use of site specific, new media and video installations, his works have been exhibited in internationally acclaimed venues such as the ARCO Madrid Art Fair, the Museum of Modern Art Reina Sofia, El Matadero de Madrid, the LABoral in Gijon, the Artium in Vitoria, at galleries and events in Spain, Germany, Belgium, UK, USA, Argentina etc.

Angel Borrego Cubero is also the director and producer of the documentary film The Competition ended in 2013, after four years of hard work on the process documentation of architectural competitions, whose world première took place at the opening of the 2013 Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam (AFFR). His art works are represented by the gallery Heinrich Ehrhardt.

Read more about Angel Borrego Cubero in The New York Times, The Guardian, El Pais, El Pais Blogs.