AZPA is an international practice, based in London and Barcelona. AZPA was born in 2011 as a legacy practice of FOA after its demerger, and follows former FOA’s partner Alejandro Zaera-Polo. As part of that legacy AZPA has a commitment to innovation in architecture and urban design, combining technical innovation with design excellence.
Alejandro Zaera Polo's award-winning projects include the Yokohama International Cruise Terminal in Japan, noted for its use of dramatic form, innovative materials, and fascination with the interplay of architecture, landscape, and nature, credited by the Design Museum as 'a design sensation alive with bustling urbanity and seaside tranquillity'.
Other projects include a new building for Ravensbourne in Greenwich, the John Lewis Department Store, Cineplex and Footbridges in Leicester, Carabanchel Social Housing in Madrid, Meydan Retail Complex and Multiplex in Istanbul, the Spanish Pavilion at the 2005 International Expo in Aichi, a large coastal park with outdoor auditoriums in Barcelona, a Municipal Theatre and Auditorium in Torrevieja, La Rioja Technology Transfer Centre in Logrono and the Dulnyouk Publishing Headquarters in Paju, South Korea.
Our current projects in the UK include Birmingham New Street Station in Birmingham and Trinity EC3 office complex in the City of London. In Spain, we have been involved in the design of a new Hospital in Lleida, a Biotecnology centre in Barcelona, and the redevelopment of the Santander Waterfront - including the design of a new ferry terminal and the yacht club which will host the World Cup in 2010. AZPA is also involved in the development of two high-rise residential towers in Busan, Korea. AZPA is also involved in the Rio Olympics masterplan.
The work of Alejandro Zaera-Polo has been widely published and exhibited, and represented Britain at the 8th Venice Architecture Biennale in 2002; he has received the Enric Miralles Prize for Architecture, five RIBA Awards, the 2004 Venice Architecture Biennale Award, and the Charles Jencks Award for Architecture.