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From their Barcelona base, Peris+Toral Arquitectes enhance their practice with ongoing research in the fields of collective public housing and urban space, with a line of thinking that places the individual at the center of the action and makes the architect a social agent.
Marta Peris and José Toral propose settings into which the user then steps to live, and aspire to rethink program standards to respond to the ways of living that society needs at any given moment. Marta, Doctor of Architectural Design (UPC, with honors), has been an associate lecturer in Projects at the ETSAB UPC since 2002 in the Housing and City studio, and José Toral has been an associate lecturer in Projects at the ETSAB-UPC in the Public Space and Urban Project studio since 2016.
The creative activity of Peris+Toral Arquitectes has been consolidated by winning numerous Spanish public competitions for residential and public space projects. The quality and rigor of the practice are built work is endorsed by international awards such as the Honor Award Wood Design & Building Award 2022, the Matilde Baffa Ugo Rivolta European Architecture Award 2021, the Best Architects 22 Gold Award (Residential multi-family category), the Architecture MasterPrize 2021 (Multi-unit residential architecture category), the Plan Award 2021 (Social housing category), the BLT Built Design Award (Social housing category) and the Baumit Life Challenge Award, culminating in 2022 as finalists in the EU Mies Award with the project for 85 social housing units in Cornellà. The practice has also received national awards, including the Spanish Architecture Award CSCAE 2021, the Spanish Architecture and Urban Design Biennale Award BEAU 2021, the FAD Opinion Prize 2021, the MAPEI Prize (Sustainable architecture category), the NAN Award 2021 (Residential building), the A+ by Daikin Prize (Multi-family residential architecture), the Emporia Prize 2017 (Ephemeral architecture), the ATEG Prize 2016 (Galvanized architecture) and the Catalunya Construcció Award 2021 for innovation in construction. They were also recognized at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2000 when Marta Peris participated in the Spanish Pavilion curated by Alberto Campo Baeza, which won the Special Award for Best National Participation and, in 2016 when the practice participated in Unfinished, the exhibition that won the Spanish Pavilion the Biennale’s Golden Lion.