Olga Felip Ordis, 2015 FPdGi Arts and Literature Award

The winner was chosen for her outstanding architectural work. The jury wanted to recognise the winner’s demonstrated ability to combine the creation of new forms with respect for the environment, and her sober, elegant, warm and bright designs which instil a sense of harmony in the user, the viewer and the landscape.

Born in Girona (1980), Olga Felip Ordis graduated in architecture from the Barcelona School of Architecture (ETSAB at the UPC) in 2005. She was taught by Carles Ferrater, Elías Torres and Carme Pigem. During the final year of her degree she worked as an intern at the studio of Carme Pinós. She also complemented her studies by participating in international exchange programmes at ESALA Edinburgh, ENSA Belleville Paris, UCLA, AA London and UIAV Venice. In 2006 she set up her own studio together with Josep Camps. In 2009 she obtained a Master of Advanced Studies from the Department of Theory and History of Architecture at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC), and is currently writing her doctoral thesis at the same department.

She has lectured at the Architectural Association School of London and the BIArch_Barcelona Institute of Architecture. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally: Barcelona, Madrid, Venice, London, Tokyo and Buenos Aires, among others. She was also invited as a guest speaker by the Royal Institute of British Architects. Some of her best-known work includes Plaça de l’Absis at Tortosa Cathedral, the Ferreries Civic Centre, the Jesús swimming pools, the L’Aldea medical centre and the Museum of Energy in Ascó. She was named Young Architect of the Year 2010 by the LEAF Awards and was awarded the 40under40 prize by the European Centre of Architecture and the Chicago Athenaeum. Olga Felip was the winner of the Architectural Record’s Design Vanguard 2011 and the Association of Architects of Catalonia’s AJAC prize. In 2012 she was chosen to represent Catalonia at the Venice Architecture Biennale. In 2013 she won the AJ Emerging Woman of the Year award.

 

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