Angel Borrego Cubero (Llerena, 1967)
PhD of Architecture by the School of Architecture (ETSAM) of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), MArch by Princeton University (USA) where he was a Fulbright scholar, he taught at Princeton University, Pratt Institute in New York, the University of Alicante, at Keio University, Tokyo, the Hong Kong Design Institute – HKDI and, since 2001, at the School of Architecture of Madrid. In 1999, he founded Office for Strategic Spaces (OSS), a Madrid based architecture, art and urban research 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 (given by the Architects Association from Madrid, Spain 2015) and the NAN Award to the Best Rehabilitation Project 2016 (Spain, 2016); also the 3rd Prize at the Rethinking The Future Sustainability Awards – Workplace and Offices category (India, 2016), he was selected among the 20 finalists at the XIII Spanish Biennial of Architecture (Spain, 2016) and nominated at the European Prize of Contemporary Architecture Mies van der Rohe 2014 (EU, 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 Prize (given by the Architects Association from Madrid, 2014) and an Architecture Dissemination Award at the XIII Spanish Biennial of Architecture (Spain, 2016); at the same edition of the Biennial, he won the Research Prize for his research project titled La Historia de la Escuela (The School’s Oral History).
He completed Factoría Cultural Matadero Madrid, a reversible architecture project that reused an existing former industrial space and turned into a creative industries hub within El Matadero, the contemporary art centre from Madrid. He designed the Master Plan for Solar Decathlon Madrid 2010. 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; he developed Mutant Bridges, a study on the mono functionality of the public works and their possible occupation. Together with Haruki Sato and Jorge Almazán from Keio University, they 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 Madrid or the exhibition Arte e Imagen en Movimiento at the National Museum Reina Sofia in Madrid. He is the author of the site specific installations that worked also as chill out spaces for the Contemporary Art Fair ARCO 03 and ARCO 04 and completed houses such as the House Abad or the House Murakami.
At public architecture competitions, Angel Borrego Cubero won among others, the 1st prize in the international competition for the design of the Civil Registry in the Campus of Justice in Madrid (2007), the 2nd prize in the competition for the design of a Mixed Use Complex in Zaragoza (2007), the 4th prize at the competition Espacio 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 and architectural fictions. Mainly making use of site specific, new media and video installations, his works have been exhibited at 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 completed 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); the Spanish première was held in 2014 at Filmoteca Española de Madrid.
His art works are represented by the gallery Heinrich Ehrhardt.