Jacobo García-Germán (1974) is an architect by the Madrid Polytechnic (2000, ETSAM), MA Master in Histories & Theories of Architecture by the Architectural Association School of Architecture (2003), London and PhD doctor (2010, European Doctor) by the Madrid Polytechnic (ETSAM) (cum laude). Since 2004 he is associated teacher in the architectural design department at ETSAM, currently teaching in the Thesis PFC Group directed by professor Juan Herreros.
He has taught in Universidad Javeriana Bogotá (2007-2009), FebelCem Antwerp (2008), Lasalle Tarragona (2009), Escola da Cidade Sao Paulo (2010), Architecture Faculty Ljubljana (2010), Católica de Lima (2012), Escuela de Arquitectura de Pamplona (2012), and Camilo José Cela (2003) and UPSAM (2012) Universities in Madrid. He is co-founder of the Symmetries (symmetries.es) teaching platform for workshops & congresses; Split (2011), Rome (2012) and Lisbon (2012). He is Teaching Curator for Arquitectura Ibérica, Fundación Arquitectura y Sociedad (2012-).
After working in the office of Rafael Moneo (1998-2001), he established GARCIAGERMAN ARQUITECTOS (garciagerman.com) in 2003, an office devoted to the exploitation of practical opportunities connecting the fields of education and research with those of building activity. The office has obtained 14 national or international prizes and its built work has won Prizes in the Madrid Town Hall’s Architecture and Urbanisms Prizes in 2001 and 2007. Europan 9’s First Prize Nacka Rings project has been selected as one of the 28 best realizations of Young Spanish Architecture at the Arquía/Próxima Forum 2008. In 2009, the experimental housing project Prototipo Periférico Nº2 was selected for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2009. The office’s work is currently exhibited in the Galería de Arquitectura El Croquis in El Escorial, Madrid, and has been included in different collective exhibitions.
Jacobo García-Germán has curated the exhibitions APFC-ASAP (Madrid ETSAM, 2010) and Madrid Arhitektura (Ljubljana T5 Project Space, 2010) presenting the collective academic results of his teaching activity. He has lectured in different forums and institutions worldwide and his texts and works have been published in specialised books and magazines (Oris, Verb-Actar, Arquitectura Viva, Arquitectos CSAE, Pasajes, CIRCO, On Diseño, AArchitecture, BAU…).
He was a member of the editorial board of Arquitectura-COAM official magazine of the Madrid Colegio de Arquitectos between 2001 and 2008. In 1996 he founded the Pez (later Belleza) collective, an independent association dedicated to the promotion of works by young artists and architects. He is author of the books From representation to diagram. Efficiency, performance and effects in the architecture of the late sixties for Verlag Dr. Müller (ISBN 978-3-639-31399-4), Estrategias operativas en arquitectura 1960-2010. Técnicas de proyecto de Price a Koolhaas (ISBN 978-987-584) for Nobuko, and director and editor of the Madrid Architecture Guide 1975-2007 for the Madrid Government (ISBN 84-934362-9-1).