MAIO is an architectural office based in Barcelona that works on spatial systems that allow theoretical and practical positions converge.
The practice has developed a wide range of projects, from furniture or exhibition design to housing or urban planning. MAIO’s members combine professional activities with academic, research, editorial and curatorial ones. They are currently teaching at the School of Architecture of Barcelona ETSAB/ETSAV and have been in charge of the architectural magazine Quaderns d’Arquitectura i Urbanisme (2011-16). MAIO also co-curates TheWholeHoleHall, an event space and gallery based in Barcelona, initiated together with the designer Curro Claret and the curator Moritz Küng.
MAIO has lectured in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, GSAPP-Columbia University, UC Berkeley, RMIT Design Hub Melbourne, Yale School of Architecture, Piet Zwart Institute, Het Nieuwe Instituut, ETSAM-UPM, Washington University, Facultade de Arquitectura de Lisboa and Brussels School of Architecture UCL-LOCI, among other places.
MAIO’s work has been published in magazines such as Monocle, Domus, Frame, AIT, Volume, Blueprint, A10 and Detail, and awarded several times including FAD Award 2016 for Ephemeral Interventions and FAD Award 2015 for Thought and Criticism.
Their work has been exhibited at the Art Institut of Chicago, Storefront for Art and Architecture and at the Museum of Modern Art of New York MOMA, among other galleries. At the last Venice Biennial 2016, their work was included in the Spanish Pavilion awarded with the Golden Lion. The team also participated at the Venice Biennial 2014 co-curating a Weekend Special together with Space Caviar and DPR-Barcelona. In 2015 they produced an installation for the first Chicago Architecture Biennial, and they have been also invited to participate in the 2017 edition.
Anna Puigjaner, co-founder of MAIO has been granted with 2016 Wheelwright Prize (Harvard GSD).