MAGÉN ARQUITECTOS is an architectural practice leaded by Jaime Magén (Zaragoza, 1974) and Francisco J. Magén (Zaragoza, 1980) based in Zaragoza since 2002, founded to provide services of planning, design, construction and urban management of building, urban and landscape projects.
Its practice is interested in Architecture as a both technical and cultural fact, deeply focused on unique investigation, design, development and construction of each project. This method of work allows us to manage different projects, in terms of size, scale and complexity, based on the interdisciplinary collaboration and teamwork, with a personalized structure for each project, directed by a steady organization to guarantee the fulfillment of the criteria of quality and efficiency that characterize the work of Magen Arquitectos.
In this sense, the study has so far received more than 40 awards and honors for its built Works and has been awarded in 34 public tenders for projects or ideas. Since the beginning of its career, Magen Arquitectos has earned national and international reputation. Its most outstanding works, like 68 Social housing in Zaragoza or the Ebro Environmental Centre,
have leaded the office to be selected among the young Spanish architects more renown by the Ministry of Fomento (XI Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism), Foundation Caja de Arquitectos (Arquia/Proxima Programme), Foundation Arquitectura y Sociedad (Campus Ultzama 2010), international magazine RIBA Journal (“The Iberian context”), art magazine Exit Express (“Young Spanish Architecture) or design magazine Diseño Interior (“Interior Strength”).
In 2007, his first work won the prestigious Biennial International Bauwelt Award in Munich, the best first work built by an architect. Among other major awards, highlights the Giancarlo Ius Gold Medal (Padua, 2011), the most innovative project in the field of energy saving and renewable energy technologies, awarded by the International Union of Architects, as part of the International Biennial of Architecture Barbara Cappochin, the XI Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism (Comillas, Santander, 2011), the first prize in Saie Selection (Bologna, 2010) for the best building constructed in wood, Aplus Award (Barcelona, 2011) in the category of Sustainable Architecture, the XXXI Prize Ricardo Magdalena (Zaragoza, 2010), Third Prize in VI Bigmat Award (Santiago de Compostela, 2011), and mentions in theUgo Rivolta European Architecture Award (Milan, 2009), 7th International Award for Sustainable Architecture Fassa Bortolo (Ferrara, 2010), finalist in the International Biennial of Architecture Barbara Cappochin, being also finalist in Best Detail Prize, selected in XI Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism and in the European Landscape Prize Rosa Barba (Barcelona, 2010).
Its work also got appreciations in several editions of Architectural Biennal of Young Spanish Architects (Madrid, 2008-Selected and 2010-Finalist) and Aragon Institute of Architects Awards (Zaragoza, 2004-Interior Architectural Award, 2007-Housing Accesit and 2010-Sustainable Architectural Award) and 3de Abril Awards, by the Municipality of Zaragoza (2007, 2010 y 2011).
Its work has been published in many technical magazines in over 15 countries (Austria, Bulgary, China, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, United Kingdom, etc), in magazines like Casabella, Bauwelt, C3 Korea, MARK Magazine, DETAIL, A10, Abitare, A+A, Topos, IW Magazine, RUM, Igloo, TC Cuadernos, Arquitectura Viva, ConArquitectura, Vía Construcción, Arquitectura COAM,… and several books on contemporary architecture.
It has also been exhibited and lectured several times in Spain, Germany, Italy and France. They have lectured in Munich, Hannover, Bologna, Padova, Alcalá de Henares,… and been invited to Conferences, Meetings and Workshops national and international of Architecture, like Ultzama Campus 2010 organized by Arquitectura y Sociedad Foundation and the international conference “Idee per una rigenerazione urbana sostenibile” (Padova, 2011).
Jaime Magén (born 1974 ) studied Architecture at ETSA. Navarra University (grad. 1999). During his studies, he worked in the Departments of Urban Planning, Construction and Projects and got a Intercampus scholarship at the Faculty of Architecture in UNAM (Mexico DF). He coursed an MMC at La Salle in Ramon Llull University in Barcelona (grad. 2004). . He taught as Professor in the department of Architectural Design in ETSAZ San Jorge University. Since 2012, he is Professor associate at the Department of Architectural Construction at the School of Arcuitecture of the University of Zaragoza. He is preparing his Ph.D. in Theory and History of Architecture at ETSA Navarra University
Francisco J. Magén (born 1980) studied Architecture at ETSA. Navarra University (grad. 2004). He coursed Postgraduate Studies on Planning and Urban Development at Navarra University (grad. 2005). In 2004 he became partner at Magén Arquitectos. He joins the School of Architecture of the University of Zaragoza as Associate Professor at the Department of Architectural Design from the course 2013/14.