The architectural studio run by Rafael de La-Hoz Castanys is located at number 82 of Madrid’s Paseo de la Castellana, where it currently has the multi-disciplinary collaboration of professionals, mainly architects.
Founded in 1920, after two generations of architects, the projects developed span all types of architectonics, from urban regeneration of city growth planning to buildings, furnishings and design.
Rafael de La-Hoz (Córdoba, Spain) studied architecture at ETSAM Madrid. He is currently operating an active international architecture practice in different countries around the world.
With a strong interest in the evolution of the architectural fabric of the city and the environmental impact and care, he has received some of the best certificates in sustainable design and some of the highest honours worldwide, including the MIPIM Award of the “Best office building in the world”, the International Design Award from the Biennial of Architecture of Argentina or the American Architecture Award by the Chicago Athenaeum (USA). One of his projects has been nominated for the Mies van Der Rohe Award.
Honorary Member of The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Patron of the Contemporary Architecture Foundation and Editorial Board Member of the German magazine The New ARCH, he has been invited as jury or lecturer to different places and universities such as ETH Zurich, The College of Architecture and Urban Planning of Tongji University, l’Ecole Nationale d’Architecture in Rabat or AEDES Gallery in Berlin.
Among his outstanding projects are: the new headquarters of the companies of Group Finance Com in Casablanca, Morocco; Court House in Riad (Saudi Arabia); refurbishment of the Castelar building, Madrid; Biomedical Research Center ‘Bio City’ in Istanbul, Turkey (first prize in the international architecture competition); Huelva Train Station (AVE) (first prize in the international architecture competition); Espacio Miguel Delibes -the Popular University of Alcobendas-, Madrid; Hotel 'la Défense' of Paris (first prize in the international architecture competition); Museum of Decorative Arts (Morocco); the headquarters of AMA, Madrid; “Confortel Atrium Hotel” for the Once Group, Madrid; offices of the Juvenile Court and the Criminal Court of the City of Justice of Madrid (both buildings, first prize in the international architecture competition).
Among its most emblematic buildings: ‘Rey Juan Carlos’ Hospital in Mostoles, Madrid; the new Repsol headquarters, Madrid (Leed Platinum Certification); “Daoiz y Velarde” Cultural Centre, Madrid; the headquarters of the Telefónica company, District C, in Las Tablas, Madrid; Endesa headquarters, Madrid; 'Pórtico' building, Madrid; the Hercules Towers in Bay of Gibraltar, Cádiz; the Higher Council of Chambers of Commerce, Madrid; Rafael del Pino Auditorium building, Retiro Municipal Council in Madrid and the Spanish Olympic Committee Auditorium in Madrid.