The firm was founded by Julio Gaeta and Luby Springall in 2001.
From the start, both partners combined their professional practice with teaching and research, for they are convinced that these different platforms add up to and complement a better way of doing and conceptualizing architecture.
Their work has been shown in several collective exhibitions in cities such as Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Quito, Montevideo, Paris, Madrid, Rome and Venice. In 2014, the Aedes architectural gallery in Berlin invited them to set up an individual exhibition and they showed Building in the Metropolis – GAETA-SPRINGALL architects. In 2016, during the XIV Architecture Biennale in Venice, they will hold their second individual exhibition at the IUAV in Venice.
GAETA-SPRINGALL Arquitectos has always competed.
With more than 30 years’ experience, its owners have entered more than 50 national competitions, and in 20 of them they have won awards.
Their work has won several prizes and recognitions, the most outstanding of which are: the Silver Medal at the XII Biennale of Mexican Architecture in 2015, First Prize in the National Competition on My New Cathedral in Celaya 2015, Second Prize in the National Competition for the Master Plan of the National Electorate Institute 2015, First Prize in the National Competition on Improving Housing Units 2015, First Prize in the National Competition for designing and curating the Mexican Pavillion at the XIV Biennale in Venice 2014, Second Prize in the National Competition for the Mexican Pavillion at the Milan Fair 2014, Silver Medal in the First Architecture Biennale of Mexico City 2014, First International Prize on Urban Design and Landscape Architecture in Quito 2014, Gold Medal at the VII Iberoamerican CIDI Biennale of Interior Design and Landscape 2013, Second Prize in the National Competition for the Integrated Rescue of La Merced 2013, and First and Third Prize in the National Competition for the Memorial to Victims of Violence in Mexico 2012.
Their work has been published in several international publications, such as: Casabella, 10 x 10, Phaidon , Summa+ , Architectural Record, Praxis, 2G.
The Memorial to Victims of Violence in Mexico has been recognized with numerous prizes, such as: First International Prize in Urban Design and Landscape Architecture at the XIX Panamerican Biennale in Quito, the Silver Medal at the XIII Architecture Biennale of Mexico and the Silver Medal at Mexico City’s Biennale, the Gold Medal (CIDI) and Honorable Mention at the Latin American Landscape Biennale and the ILD Prize for Excellence.
In December 2016, the firm won First Place in the International Competition for the Parque Lineal Ferrocaril de Cuernavaca in Mexico City, which will mean the redesign of more than 100,000 m2 in the center of the city.
This is the outcome of a competition where more than 400 studios from all over the world participated. At the moment, the executive project is being developed, and construction is programmed to start in April 2017.
Julio Gaeta has a PhD in Theory, History and Architecture Criticism from the Federal University of Porto Alegre, Brazil, and is a licensed architect from the Faculty of Architecture in Montevideo, Uruguay.
Since 1985, he combines his professional practice with academia, working as an architect, professor and researcher focusing on architecture and the city.
In 1991, he founded ELARQA, a research center and publishing house writing on topics related to architecture and the city. Through ELARQA, he has written and edited over a hundred texts about architecture and urban topics.
He is a member and Artistic Creator of the FONCA-CONCACULTA—the Mexican National System of Artistic Creators—, receiving a four-year grant in 2007 and a three-year grant in 2011.
He is Mexico’s Academic Director in Future City Managers and 21st Century Housing Laboratory, joint programs between the Iberoamerican University and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.
Luby Springall is a licensed architect by the Ibero-American University in Mexico and an artist with postgraduate studies by the Royal College of Art in London.
She begins teaching Architecture in 1987 as part of the Ibero-American University’s project cycle. From 2007 to 2011, she coordinated a vertical project in this cycle. From 1990 to 2004, she was Partner at Springall + Lira. In 1998, she is awarded the Silver Medal at the 5th Mexican Architecture Biennial for the CIDE building (Center for Research and Teaching in Economics) in Mexico City. That same year, she was finalist at the 2nd Ibero-American Biennial of Architecture in Spain and was awarded an Honorable Mention at the 11th Quito Architecture Biennial. She is a founder and director of ELARQA MX, an architecture magazine and publishing house, as well as a founder of Gaeta-Springall Architects (2004).
Her work is published in numerous international publications, such as: 10 x 10, Phaidon (United Kingdom), Summa+ (Argentina), Casabella (Italy), Praxis (United States), 2G (Spain), and Arquine (Mexico). Her works have been exhibited in Mexico, Spain, Israel, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Rome and Berlin. In 2010, she curated the ARCH-MX2010 Exhibition on Mexican Contemporary Architecture in Melbourne, Australia.
As an artist, she has shown her work in many exhibitions in Mexico, Canada and the United Kingdom. In 2003, she was awarded a FONCA-CONACULTA artistic residence at the Banff Center for the Arts in Canada.
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