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Emerging Woman Architect of the Year shortlist: Marta Pelegrin

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Mediomundo Arquitectos co-founder Marta Pelegrin has been shortlisted for the 2015 Emerging Woman Architect of the Year Award

Marta Pelegrin co-founded Seville-based Mediomundo Arquitectos with Fernando Pérez in 2005. The practice’s work, ranging from social housing to cultural centres, university buildings and parks, is mainly won through national and international competitions.

She has recently completed a Faculty of Health Sciences building for the University of Granada, which won the 2014 Daylight Spaces prize for its innovative natural lighting strategies.

Pelegrin is presently working on the Exhibition ‘Architecture: Everyday life prepositions’ in its international approach and a series of urban schemes in Moscow. She also teaches at the University of Seville and writes for several publications and architectural magazines, including Neutra published by the Architects Institute of Seville.

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Marta Pelegrin

Studied University of Seville
First practice
Cruz y Ortiz arquitectos
First project
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (working for Cruz y Ortiz); San Francisco Theatre inVejer-Cádiz (with Fernando Pérez Blanco)
Current projects
Health sciences University of Granada and exhibition programme for the Andalusia Contemporary Art Centre, Seville; school and kindergarten projects in Moscow; urban proposals for Moscow and St Petersburg
Current clients
University of Granada; Andalusian Contemporary Art Centre; Atlántica-EDDEA team
Favourite architect
Lina Bo Bardi, Alison Smithson and Raili Pietilä
Favourite building
The Alhambra, Granada, Spain
Why architecture
It is the profession to link together culture, space, people and design. It also has a specific technical approach that I enjoy a lot.
Biggest challenge facing women in architecture
Women are already proposing and involving different disciplines and agents to produce architecture. Our main challenge might be continuing being dreamful to achieve other results by means of other processes.
Advice to aspiring female architects
Keep dreaming and be tenacious to achieve your goals.

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