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Woman Architect of the Year shortlist: Carme Pinós

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Carme Pinós, founder of Estudio Carme Pinós, has been shortlisted for the 2015 Woman Architect of the Year Award

After building up an international portfolio of work with former partner Enric Miralles, Carme Pinós founded Estudio Carme Pinós in 1991. Her practice works on a wide range of projects from masterplans and office towers to cultural buildings and housing, most of which are won through competition. In the past year Pinos has finished work on an office tower in Guadalajara and the Pavilion Rio Blanco, both in Mexico. She also completed the sculptural CaixaForum Zaragoza in Spain, a cultural centre containing a 250-seat auditorium, exhibition halls, conference rooms, and a cafe-restaurant. The project has been shortlisted for the 2015 Mies van der Rohe Award. She combines running her practice with teaching and has been a guest professor at the universities of Columbia, Lausanne, and Harvard.

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Carme Pinos

Studied Escuela Tecnica Superior de Arquitectura de Barcelona
First practice
With architect Alberto Noguerol
First project
The pergolas in Parets, with former associate and partner Enric Miralles
Current projects
Masterplan for Saint Dizier, France; government buildings in Tortosa, Spain; a crematorium at the cemetery in Igualada, Spain; plus schemes in Barcelona: a metro station, fine art school and housing in the historical district and the extension to the Boqueria Market
Current clients
Government authorities
Favourite architect
Le Corbusier
Favourite building
Anything by Le Corbusier
Why architecture
It’s something that comes from my very early childhood. It was like a family matter, because my father was always having works done at our house.
Biggest challenge facing women in architecture
For a woman it is always more difficult to socialise in a male dominated environment.
Advice to aspiring female architects
Be clear about what you want and have the courage to achieve it.

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