Gutiérrez-De La Fuente
Gutiérrez-DeLaFuente

Bio & Profile

Natalia Gutiérrez (Madrid 1980)

2006
 Architect. ETSAM (Madrid School of Architecture)
2006
 COAM 16665. Official Chamber of Architects of Madrid
2006-
 Founds Gutiérrez-delaFuente Arquitectos
2010-12
 Member of the COAM Ethics Committee
2012
 Master in Safety and Health Protection Coordination
2012-
 Head of Planning of a town in Madrid Metropolitan Area
2012-
 Member of the Association of City Planners of Madrid
2013               
 Member of the COAM Young Architects Committee


Julio De La Fuente (Madrid 1980)

2005 Architect. ETSAM (Madrid School of Architecture)
2005 COAM 16275. Official Chamber of Architects of Madrid
2005-06
 Collaboration with Ateliers Jean Nouvel, París. France
2006- Founds Gutiérrez-delaFuente Arquitectos
2012 Guest Professor, Lund School of Architecture, Sweden
2012-13 Member of Europan 12 National Jury Germany & Poland
2013 Guest Professor, Coburg School of Architecture, Germany
2013- Member of the Europan Europe Technical Committee
2015-               

COAM Official Correspondent in Germany



OPTIMISTIC INSISTENCE

● Short bio: Gutiérrez-delaFuente Arquitectos office was founded in 2006 in Madrid by Natalia Gutiérrez and Julio de la Fuente. The founders studied Architecture at ETSAM (Madrid School of Architecture), and continued their training in Madrid, and Ateliers Jean Nouvel in Paris.
Natalia was Member of the Young Architects Committee (2013), and the Ethics Committee (2010-2012) in the Professional Association of Architects in Madrid COAM. Currently Natalia combines the office with her position as city planner in a town of the Madrid Metropolitan Area.
Julio was Member of the National Jury in the international competition Europan 12 Germany and Poland (Foreing Member of the German and Polish Jury 2013). Now, he is Member of the Europan Europe Technical Committee (2013-), and he has the honor to be the correspondent in Germany of the Official Chamber of Architects of Madrid (2015-).

● International: Gutiérrez-delaFuente is an Architecture and Urbanism office with international scope, offering as its main asset: architectural innovation, creativity and solutions for complex urban situations, high quality construction, and contextualization of all works within their specific physical, economic and cultural location. At present, they are developing urban design plans and building several projects in Spain and Germany.
G-dlF was featured by the well-known Spanish architecture magazine Arquitectura Viva as one of the eight most representative young Spanish offices working abroad.

● Works: Gutiérrez-delaFuente has won prizes in numerous national and international Architecture & Urbanism competitions, including two in Europan 09 (Asturias, Spain and Selb, Germany), Europan 10 (Forchheim, Germany), Europan 11 (Linz, Austria), IQ Wohnquartiere Subsidized Housing in Selb (Germany), the Multipurpose Centre Valle de Salazar in Navarra (Spain) and recently the transformation of the main Public Space & Sports Facility in Morentin (Spain). Part of these works are completed or in progress. Special reference to the urban regeneration plan for the inner city of Selb, successfully completed in the year 2016 (Europan 9 Selb Implementation).

● Awards: their completed works have received international awards, highlighting the Bauwelt Preis 2013, the Luis. M. Mansilla COAM Award 2013, the NAN Award 2013 or the Finalist at XII BEAU (Spanish Biennial).

● Media: the office have been published in numerous magazines (A+U, Bauwelt, AV, A10, DAMDI, ON Diseño, among others), exhibited internationally, as well as having several models exhibited in The Architectural Gallery of the Spanish magazine El Croquis.

● Teaching & lecturing: they have been guest professors and lecturer at universities in Germany (Hochschule Coburg, University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Coburg, and Technische Hochschule Nürnberg), in Spain (Madrid Polytechnic University CEU San Pablo), and Sweden (Lunds Tekniska Högskola, University of Lund).

● Research: G-dlF focuses its research activity in contemporary urban mutation processes derived from the post-industrial age such as the conversion of abandoned brownfields and industrial areas, or the phenomenon of shrinking cities. Also, they explore the new ways of living, and the role of the contemporary architect as a social moderator, a double agent in between top-down and bottom-up processes, and also in between the two divergent focuses of urban development in recent years: the large and ambitious master plans, and the programmatic discussions regarding small interventions with a positive impact on their surroundings.

● Methodological approach: urban transformation needs a new creativity in urban planning focusing on the process, and breaking the traditional linear sequence "analyses-proposal-implementation". They understand this creativity around a "triangle of indeterminances", as a scientific approach to complexity, integrating all the possible actors (experts, citizens, context). G-dlF addresses the conflicts from a new perspective based on “reconsider-relaunch-reintegrate”.

● Mobile architect: the flexible structure of the office is designed to promote international collaborations. The office shows the new condition of the "mobile architect" working abroad, and being able to stimulate a "co-operative" design process, an innovative action model to react to the contingencies of the city development, anticipating a wide range of future situations.

● Attitude: the strategic design attitude of Natalia and Julio has been described by a renowned and international architecture critic as "optimistic insistence".