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GPY Arquitectos, founded in 1997 in Tenerife, Canary Islands, is formed by Juan Antonio González Pérez, Urbano Yanes Tuña, Constanze Sixt and Andrzej Gwizdala. In the insular context where our work mainly develops, we understand architecture as a spatial search for new forms of relating the human being with his surroundings, dissolving the limits between interior and exterior, public and private, urban and territorial. We understand the studio as a laboratory and the teaching of Architectural Projects as a creative and critical practice, inseparable from our professional practice.

The scope of our action is broad, but we have a special interest in cultural and educational facilities; In general, public buildings thought of as a sequence of social spaces related to the city and the landscape. Our challenge is to continue to propose, through our projects, imaginative solutions to the real problems of our society.

The studio has received a number of high-profile awards in recognition of its work. In 2003 GPY won the International ar Awards of Emerging Architecture and the Silver Medal at the Miami + Beach Biennial. That same year the studio was nominated for the European Union’s Contemporary Architecture Prize Mies van der Rohe and in 2008 for the Iakov Chernikhov International Prize. In 2009 GPY won the Bronze Medal of the Miami + Beach Biennial and the Experiencia/Futuros: Mi obra favorita (Experience/Futures: My Favorite Work) Award of the Higher Council of Architects in Spain (CSCAE) for its work on the Tenerife Centre of Dramatic Arts, a project that was also featured at the exhibit On-Site: New Architecture in Spain at the MoMA in New York and at the Spanish Architecture 1975-2010. 35+ “Building Democracy group show in Athens, Nicosia and Madrid.

Gpy Arquitectos’ projects have been published in numerous publications such as the Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture, 1000xEuropean Architecture, 10x10_2. 100Architects 10 Critics.