MAIO – Architectural office based in Barcelona
About

MAIO is an architectural office based in Barcelona and New York that works on spatial systems that permit theoretical positions materialize. The practice has developed a wide range of projects, from housing blocks or urban planning to furniture or exhibition design.

MAIO’s members combine professional activities with academic, research and editorial ones. They have been in charge of the magazine Quaderns d’Arquitectura i Urbanisme (2011-16), and currently teach at Columbia GSAPP, the Architectural Association and the School of Architecture of Barcelona ETSAB/ETSAV.

MAIO has lectured at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Barbican Center, GSAPP-Columbia University, RIBA, UC Berkeley, Yale School of Architecture and Piet Zwart Institute among other places. MAIO’s work has been published in magazines such as Domus, AIT, Volume, Blueprint, A10 and Detail, and exhibited at the MOMA of New York, the Guggenheim Bilbao, the Art Institute of Chicago and Storefront for Art and Architecture. Lately MAIO has participated at Venice Biennial 2016 in the Spanish Pavillion, awarded with the golden Lion, at Chicago Architecture Biennial (2015 & 2017 editions) and co-curated a Weekend Special at the Biennale di Venezia 2014 together with SPACE CAVIAR and DPR-Barcelona.

MAIO is run by Maria Charneco, Alfredo Lérida, Guillermo López and Anna Puigjaner, who recently has been nominated finalist of the Rolex Mentor & Protégé Initiative 2016 and awarded with the Wheelwright Prize, Harvard GSD.

Exhibitions
2019
  • Soft Schindler, MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles
  • What is Ornament?, Lisbon Architecture Triennale 2019, Lisbon
  • Beazley Designs of the Year, Design Museum, London
  • What is radical today? 40 positions on architecture, Royal Academy of Arts, London
  • 100 Experiments - Aedes Architecture Forum Berlin
  • Domestic Essays, MOB Projects, Lisbon, associated project Lisbon Architecture Triennale
2018
  • Architecture Effects. Guggenheim Bilbao.
  • Building Stories. Histórias Construídas. Garagem Sul, CCB, Lisboa.
  • Invisible Landscapes, Act I: Home. Royal Academy of Arts, London.
  • XIV Bienal Española de Arquitectura y Urbanismo (BEAU)
  • Those Little Things. Maniera, Brussels.
  • 44 Low-resolution Houses, Princeton University School of Architecture.
  • Tempietto Exemplum, Yale School of Architecture.
2017
  • Biennale d'Architecture d'Orléans #1
  • 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial
  • Westopia. Villa Vertua Masolo. Nova Milanese. Italy
  • When in Rome. The Practice Space. RIBA. London
  • A minor Architecture. Espacio Valverde. Madrid.
  • W.I.P. (Work In Progress) Exhibition for DEMO Festival. DADA Studios Gallery. Barcelona.
2016
  • “Re-Constructivism Architecture” exhibition. Lerimonti Gallery, New York.
  • “Letters to the Major” exhibition. Lisbon Architecture Triennial, Lisbon. 
  • Oslo Architecture Triennale. Guided Tour by MAIO On Residence Exhibition. Oslo, Norway.
  • 1a Festivala de Arquitectura Especulativa. Girona, Spain.
  • “Occupied” exhibition. RMIT Design Hub. Melbourne.
  • “Sharing Models: Manhattanisms” exhibition. Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York.
  • “Unfinished”exhibition, Spanish Pavillion. La Biennale di Venezia. Awarded with Golden Lion for Best National Pavillion.
2015
  • “The Way Things Go” exhibition. Monoambiente Gallery, Buenos Aires.
  • “The State of Art of Architecture” exhibition. Selected participant team. Chicago Architecture Biennial 2015. Chicago, EUA.
  • Measure” exhibition. Storefront for Art and Architecture. New York, EUA.
  • “Hábitat” exhibition. Garcia Galeria, Madrid, Spain.
2014
  • “Networked politics at Monditalia”. curatorship Weekend Special for Biennale di Venezia 2014.“
2012
  • “Aproximacions”. Young Catalan Architects 08-09. Barcelona, Lleida, Reus, Girona. Spain.
2011
  • “Strategies for Public Occupation” exhibition. Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York.
Awards
2019
  • Beazley Designs of the Year, nomination, Design museum
  • Young Talent Award 2019 AD SPAIN
2018
  • XIV Bienal Española de Arquitectura y Urbanismo (BEAU)
  • Finalist Moira Gemmill Prize for Emerging Architecture, Women in Architecture, Architectural Review.
  • Fist Prize The Plan Award / Arper Stand at Salone del Mobile, Milano.
  • Selected work Desing Index 2018, Italian Association for Industrial Design / Arper Stand at Salone del Mobile, Milano.
2017
  • Finalist. FAD Award, architecture. 22 Dwelling Housing block in Barcelona.
  • Selected work. EU Mies Van Der Rohe Awards 2016. 22 Dwelling Housing block in Barcelona.
  • Selected work for Barcelona City Awards 2017. 22 Dwelling Housing block in Barcelona.
2016
  • First Prize. FAD Award for Ephemeral Architecture 2015. Species of Spaces, exhibition display at MACBA, Barcelona.
  • Honoured Mention. Proxima/Arquia Awards 2014-15 ARQUIA Foundation. Bar Nou Restaurant, Barcelona.
  • Selected work. Proxima/Arquia Awards 2014-15 ARQUIA Foundation. Pool, Menorca; Species of Spaces, exhibition display at MACBA, Barcelona; "De copias y Fantasmas" Fundació Suñol, Barcelona; Micro-U Vallcarca. Public square in Barcelona; Exhibition display system for Massana School of Design, Barcelona.
  • Wheelwright Prize. Harvard GSD.
  • Finalist, Rolex Mentor & Protégé Initiative.
2015
  • First Prize. FAD Award, critical theorism / Quaderns.
  • Finalist. FAD Award, interiorism / Exhibition display system.
2014
  • First Prize. Arquia/Proxima Awards Research 2014 ARQUIA Foundation / Quaderns.
2013
  • First Prize. FAD Award opinion prize, interiorism / Conversion of a washing place into a studio, Barcelona.
  • Finalist. XII Beau Spanish Architecture / Conversion of a washing place into a studio, Barcelona.
2012
  • First Prize. Housing project in Barcleona. Private competition.
  • First Prize ex-aequo competition "Les Portes de Collserola / Porta 3 Sarrià" . Barcelona City Council.
  • Finalist. Arquia/Proxima Awards 2012 ARQUIA Foundation / Floating.
  • First Prize competition "How much does your building weigh?". "Urban Activators Workshop" by Festival Internacional de Arquitectura eme3 / Floating Activators.
2010
  • Finalist. Proxima/Arquia Awards 2008-09 ARQUIA Foundation. Intervention at Casa Sambola’s Courtyard.
  • Selected work. Proxima/Arquia Awards 2008-09 ARQUIA Foundation. Exhibition XII Girona Archi- tecture Awards in Pia Almoina Building.
2009
  • First Prize LampLight Solutions. Award for Urban and Lanscascape Lighting. Exhibition XII Girona Architecture Awards in Pia Almoina Building.
  • Special Mention at the Congress of Spanish Architects. Category: Futurs. Award: New Working Fields CSCAE. Intervention at Cúndaro Street.
2008
  • Finalist. FAD Award for Ephemeral Architecture 2007. Intervention at Cúndaro Street.
  • Finalist. LampLight Solutions. Award for Real Solutions. Intervention at Cúndaro Street.
  • First Prize. Girona College of Architects Awards 2007 for Ephemeral Architecture. Intervention at Cúndaro Street.
2007
  • Finalist. FAD Award for Ephemeral Architecture 2006. Intervention at Casa Sambola’s Courtyard.
  • Finalist. Girona College of Architects Awards 2006 for Ephemeral Architecture. Intervention at Casa Sambola’s Courtyard.
Lectures
2019
  • Summer of Know: Anna Puigjaner in conversation with Jessica Katz, Guggenheim New York, USA
  • Cities and the Anthropocene, CCCB, Barcelona
  • Universität der Künste, Berlin, Germany
  • EPFL – École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Hannah Collins in conversation with Anna Puigjaner, Fundació Tàpies, Barcelona
  • IVAM - Institut Valencià d'Art Modern, Spain
  • Aarhus School of Architecture, Denmark
  • USINA Festival de arquitectura, diseño y ciudad del Uruguay, FADU, Uruguay
  • UTS University of Technology Sydney, Australia
  • Centro de Documentación y Estudios Avanzados de Arte Contemporáneo (Cendeac), Murcia, Spain
  • Madelabs, Siracusa, Italy
  • Fundación Cerezales, Leon, Spain
  • Overgrowth Talks #2, Oslo Architecture Triennale, e-flux Architecture & Oslo School of Architecture
2018
  • Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao.
  • Architecture on Stage, Barbican Center, London.
  • Texas Tech University, Lubbock.
  • Harvard GSD, Cambridge.
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago de Chile.
  • Universidad Católica PUCP, Lima.
  • GSAPP Columbia University, New York.
  • School of the Art Institute of Chigaco SAIC, Chicago.
  • ArkDes Museum, Stockholm.
  • Horizonte, Bauhaus-Universitat Weimar, Weimar.
  • LCI Barcelona Design School, Barcelona.
  • Technische Universität Berlin Institut für Architektur, Berlin.
  • Royal Academy of Arts, London.
  • Architecture on Stage, Barbican Center, London.
2017
  • Praha4AM, Brno.
  • VI PER Gallery, Prague.
  • Berlinische Galerie, Berlin.
  • RIBA, London.
  • Vitra Design Museum, Basel.
  • Porto Academy, FAUP, Oporto.
  • LIGA Espacio de Arquitectura, Mexico City.
  • Royal Academy of Arts, London.
  • Garagem Sul CCB, Lisbon.
  • Casa dell’Architettura, Rome.
  • Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid ETSAM, Madrid.
  • Syracuse Architecture, Florence.
  • Barcelona Building Construmat, Barcelona.
  • Centro, Mexico City.
2016
  • Università di Genova, Genova.
  • UTS University of Technology Sydney, Sydney.
  • East Coast/West Coast, Barcelona-Lisbon.  Fundaçao Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Oslo Architecture Triennale, Oslo.
  • Generazione: A call from Rome. Casa dell’Architectura, Rome, Italy.
  • Forum V Arquia/Proxima. Malaga, Spain.
  • ETSAB. Barcelona School of Architecture, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Schweizerisches Architekturmuseum, Basilea, Switzerland.
  • Arch Lecture, UC Berkeley, EUA.
  • RMIT Design Hub, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, EUA.
  • Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
  • Atelier Clerici, Milano, Italy.
  • COAC Colegio de Arquitectos de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain.
  • A Coruña School of Architecture, A Coruña, Spain.
  • Harvard GSD, Massachussets, EUA.
  • EASD, Valencia, Spain.
2015
  • GSAPP, Columbia University, New York , EUA.
  • Yale School of Architecture, EUA.
2014
  • Forum IV Arquia/Proxima Granada, Spain.
  • Washington University, St. Louis, EUA.
  • FAU Lisboa, Portugal.
2013
  • Brussels School of Architecture UCL-LOCI (mid-term guest jury),  Brussels, Belgium.
  • GSAPP, Columbia University, New York , EUA.
  • Brussels School of Architecture UCL-LOCI, Brussels , Belgium.
2012
  • Forum III Arquia/Proxima La Coruña, Spain.
  • Architecture PLUS Under 40. Madrid , Spain.
2011
  • Young Catalan Architects Arquia/Proxima Selection 08-09. Barcelona, Girona, Lleida, Reus. Spain.
2010
  • Forum II Arquia/Proxima Madrid 2010. Madrid School of Architecture ETSAM , Madrid, Spain.
  • Massana School, Center of Arts and Design. Barcelona, Spain.
  • BAU School of Design. Barcelona, Spain. 
Publications
2018
  • ” Kitchens for wages”, Harvard Desing Magazine, n.46. (ISSN 1093-4421)
  • ” Beyond the Labour of Love”, ARQ, n.98, pp. 7-12
  • “The Continous Interior. An Endless Domestic Landscape”, Architectural Review, Issue 1453, July-August 2018. (ISSN 0003-861x)
  • “Kitchen Politics”, DUE, n. 61
  • “Kitchenless Living” ,Real Review, n.7, pp.18-22. (ISSN 978-1-9164068-0-3)
  • “Lanzarote. The possibility of an island”, PIN-UP, Issue 24, 2018, p. 191. (ISSN 1933-9755)
  • Moix, Ll. “Con figuras geométricas”, La Vanguardia nº 48.958, January 5 2018, p. 31
  • “110 Pièces à viure”, Architecture d’Aujourd’hui, nº428, 2018, pp. 96-107. (ISSN 0003-8695) (ISBN 978-2-918832-79-9)
  • Kühnlein, A. “Architektur, Project, Radar and Garten”, Architectural Digest-Deutchland, May 2018, p. 91. (ISSN 1433-1764)
  • “Horizontal City: MAIO, The Grand Interior”, A+U, n.572, 2018, pp. 50-51. (ISBN 978-4-9002-1218-3)
  • “Wohnhause von MAIO in Barcelona”, Werk, Baven + Wohnen, 2018, pp. 58-61. (ISSN 0257-9332)
  • “110 Rooms: Edificio de viviendas en la calle Provença”, XVI BEAU, Más habitar, más humanizar, 2018, pp. 29 (ISBN 978-84-09-03614-1)
  • Baraona, E. “Smells like Teen Spirit”, Harvard Desing Magazine, 2018, pp. 188-189. (ISSN 1853-1997)
  • “How wold Michale Asher do it?”, Planphase, 2018, pp. 138-147. (ISSN 2367-2226)
  • “Room for improvement”, Architectural Review, 2018, pp. 72-81. (ISSN 0003-861x)
  • “Obras de no ficción”, El Cultural, July 2018, pp. 28. (ISSN 4237-93X)
  • Medina, S. “Anna Puigjaner”, Metropolis, January 2018, pp.72-75. (ISSN 0297-4977)
  • “22 Apartments on calle Provença”, AV Monographs, n.203-204, 2018, pp.198-203. (ISBN 978-84-09-00914-5)
  • “110 Rooms: apartment building on the calle Provença”, XIV BEAU Más habitar, más humanizar. 2018, pp.164-165. (ISBN 978-84-09-03614)
  • “MAIO”, Marcher dans le rêve d’un autre, October 2017-April 2018, pp.216-217. (ISBN 978-2-84066-979-1)
2017
  • “Floating activator”, Hinchables, La Galería, Arquitectura, Arte y Diseño Español, 2017, pp.140-141. (ISBN 978-84-947768-1-6)
  • “The Grand Interior”, Make New History, 2017 Chicago Archictecture Biennial, 2017, pp.258-259. (ISBN 978-3-03778-535-5)
  • “The construction of the Neutral”, A+T, Complex Buildings, 2017, pp.70-81. (ISSN 1132-6409) (ISBN 978-84-697-3261-8)
  • “A House without a Hierarchy”, ED, Architecture of the Architecture, 2017, pp.8-28. (ISSN 2575-7008)
  • “Studio Profile”, Monocle, 2017, p.165. (ISSN 1753-2434)
  • “110 Habitaciones”, PLOT, Modos de Habitar II, 2017, pp.79-91. (ISSN 2250-8554)
  • “Habitación flexible, Apartment Building, Barcelona”, Arquitectura Viva, 2017, pp.48-51. (ISSN 0214-1256)
  • “110 Rooms”, The compilation, EU Mies Award 17, 2017, p.9. (ISBN 978-84-941836-6-9)
  • “110 Rooms. Residential Building”, ON Diseño, n.371/372, 2017, pp.98-103. (ISSN 0210-2080)
  • Domínguez, A. “Savoir Faire”, NEO2, n.155, 2017, pp.105-111. (ISSN 1138-5626)
  • “Le Parcours de la Biennale”, Biennale d’Architecture d’Órleans, Marcher dans le rêve d’un autre, 2017, p.80. (ISBN 978-2- 9551892-1-4)
  • Sendra, E. “Alumnes metafísics”, TimeOut, n.466, July 2017, p.37. (ISSN 1888-3850)
  • Cañameras, A. “Mi casa, su puzzle”, ICON Design, 2017, pp. 57. (ISSN 2530-7037)
  • Maluenda, I. “Virtudes privadas, vicios públicos”, El Cultural, 2017, p. 33. (ISSN 4237-93X)
  • Montenys, X. “Només Habitacions”, El País nº 14.615, July 13 2017, p. 5-Quadern.
  • “110 Rooms: edificio de viviendas en la calle Provença”, Más Habitar, más Humanizar - BIenal Española de Arquitectura y Urbanismo, 2017, p. 29
  • “The history of kitchenless apartments and their part in the larger genealogy of the new cooperative housing projects”. Together! The new architecture of the collective. Ruby Press, Basel, 2017. (ISBN 978-3-03778-453-2)
  • The way things go. Selección Natural. 2017 (ISBN 978-84-945901-1-5)
  • “The Game of Architecture”, POOL, n.2: Rules, Spring 2017, pp.44-45. (ISBN 9780692898840)
  • “Architecture and its double”. Exposed Architecture. Exshibitions, Interludes and Essays. Park Books, Zürich, 2017. pp. 200-209 (ISBN 978-3-03860-082-4)
  • “Kitchen Stories”. www.e-flux.com
  • The Sink. MacGuffin, n.4, 2017. (ISSN 2405-8203)
2016
  • ”A collage conversation from Cristiano Toraldo di Francia & Guillermo López. Archifutures Vol.1: The Museum. 2016. pp.126-145 (ISBN 978-84-944873-6-1)
  • ”Discusion”. The Form of the Form. Lisbon Architecture Triennal 2016 pp.182-197 (ISBN 978-3-03778-504-1)
  • ”Renovation and adaptation of a Home-Studio”. Unfinished / Spanish Pavillion Biennale Architettura 2016. pp.98-99. (ISBN 978-84-608-7088-3)
  • ”Restaurante Bar Nou”. ON Diseño n.365. 2016 cover, pp.102-105. (ISSN 0210-2080)
  • ”Bar Nou/Reforma Integral de Son Amengual/Especies de Espacios/Microurbanización Vallcarca/Piscina en Puntaprima/Muebles Skinny/Sistema expositiva+Aplicación”. Futuro Imperfecto. Arquia/Próxima 2016. (ISBN: 978-84-617-4548-5)
  • ”Exposición Especies de Espacios”. ON Diseño n.361/362. 2016 pp.102-105. (ISSN 0210-2080)
  • ”Bar Nou” International Magazine of Space Design/bob/. November 2016. pp.98-99. (ISSN 1739-2845)
  • ”MAIO”. ON Diseño n.360 2016. 2016 cover, pp.42-45 (ISSN 0210-2080)
  • ”On Rooms: No vacancy”. Perspecta, The Yale Architectural Journal n.49:Quote. 2016. pp.234-255 (ISSN 0079-0958)
2015
  • “La dispersión militante de MAIO”, El Cultural, 8-14 May 2015, pp. 34-35. (M-4591-2012)
  • “Reciclatge Urbà”, Time Out Barcelona, n.271, pp.16-17. (ISSN 1888-3850)
  • “Hospitality”, Interior Design, June 2015, pp. 115-118.
  • “Pa amb Tomàquet Reloaded”, Tapas, n. 2, April 2015, pp.78-79. (ISSN 2387-0524)
2014
  • Reforma de vivienda y estudio”. Arquia/Próxima Fuera 2014. Fundación Arquia, Barcelona, 2014, pp.246-247. (ISBN 978-84-940343-6-7)
  • ”Quaderns d’Arquitectura i Urbanismo”. Arquia/Próxima Fuera 2014. Fundación Arquia, Barcelona, 2014, pp.56-57. (ISBN 978-84-940343-6-7)
  • ”Sistema expositivo en el Museu Marítim de Barcelona”, ON Diseño, n.353-354, 2015, pp. 130-131. (ISSN 0210-2080)
2013
  • “Reforma de lavadero en estudio”. XII BIENAL ESPAÑOLA DE ARQUITECTURA Y URBANISMO. Madrid, 2013, pp.130-139. (ISBN: 978-84-695-8307-4)
  • “Reforma y adecuación para una vivienda-estudio. Barcelona”, On Diseño, n. 335, July 2013. (ISSN: 0210-2080)
  • “MAIO office in Barcelona”, AIT. Architektur, Innenarchitektur, technischer Ausbau, April 2013, pp. 102-106. (ISSN: 0173-8046)
  • “Designer’s Office”, Interiors Magazine, February 2013, pp.172-175. (ISSN: 1227-1829)
2012
  • “Floating”. Arquia/Próxima 2012 Nuevos Formatos. 2012, pp.1-16. (ISBN: 978-84-939409-8-0)
  • Mínguez, C. “Studio Visit 01 - MAIO”, Domus, n. 982, October 2012, pp.104-105. (ISSN: 0012-5377)
2008
  • “Exhibition XII College of Architects Award 2008, Girona”. Lighting Concepts 2009. LAMP S.A., pp.48-51. (B 246102009)
  • “Intervención en la calle Cúndaro. Girona Temps de Flors”. ON Diseño, n.296, 2008, pp. 284-287. (B 38681-1978 ISSN 0210-2080)
  • “Ephemeral intervention at Sambola Court, Girona Temps de Flors”. Lighting Concepts 2008. LAMP S.A. (M261319 2008)
  • ARQUINFAD - FAD Award 2008. (B 40184-2008 ISBN 978-84-612-6481-0)
  • “Ephemeral intervention at Sambola Court, Girona Temps de Flors”, INDE, December 2007-January 2008, Editor College of Architects of Catalonia –COAC-, p. 56. (B 49372-2000 ISSN 1134-0223)
2007
  • “Intervención en el patio casa Sambolà”, DETAIL, n.4, July-August 2007, p.443. (ISSN 1578-5769)
  • “Echa un vistazo”, ON Diseño, n.287, 2007, p.320-324. (B 38681-1978 ISSN 0210-2080)
  • ARQUINFAD - FAD Award 2007, pp. 470-473. (ISBN 1888-2951)
  • “Ephemeral intervention at Cúndaro Street, Girona Temps de Flors”. Girona College of Architects Award 2007. College of Architects of Catalonia –COAC, p. 52. (ISBN 978-84-96842-19-9)
  • “Ephemeral intervention at Sambola Court, Girona Temps de Flors”, INDE, December 2006-January 2007, Editor College of  Architects of Catalonia –COAC-, p.27. (B 49372-2000 ISSN 1134-0223)
2006
  • “Ephemeral intervention at Sambola Court, Girona Temps de Flors”. Girona College of Architects Award 2006. College of Architects of Catalonia –COAC-,p.78. (ISBN 84-96185-91-5)
Kitchenless City
The house a system (I)

The house a system

At home we spend ½ of our free time in housekeeping duties, we consume 20,1% of the total energy national supply, we generate 30,1 pounds of waste person/week,… and these numbers increase daily. Meanwhile our everyday life has improved thanks to new technologies, our homes haven’t been able to decrease daily labor, waste and consumption. There was a time in United States when collective housekeeping policies shaped housing typologies and urban growth to shrink domestic expenses. At that time, housing was understood as a tool for social and urban transformation. Although these peculiar buildings have almost disappeared, they had a large international influence encouraging the construction of similar buildings that are still working today. The aim of this project is to research these cases and define a set of housing and urban strategies for a better social welfare.

Anna Puigjaner’s ongoing research has been granted with the 2016 Wheelwright Prize given by Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Architects MAIO

Team Anna Puigjaner

Year 2011-
Ongoing