Jose Selgas and Lucia Cano established selgascano in Madrid, Spain, in 1998. Both born in Madrid in 1965, Selgas and Cano studied Architecture at the Escuela Tecnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid and graduated in 1992. Selgas worked with Francesco Venecia in Naples, winning the Rome Prize from the Academia Española de Bellas Artes de Roma in 1997-1998. Cano worked with renowned Spanish architect Julio Cano Lasso and was a member of the studio until 2001.
selgascano studio has completed the majority of its buildings in Spain through a diverse range of commissions, including Silicon House, Madrid; El ‘B’ Cartagena Auditorium and Congress Centre, Cartagena; Office in the Woods, Madrid; Merida Factory Youth Movement, Merida; and Plasencia Auditorium and Congress Centre, Caceres. The architects’ international work includes the City Administration Building, Stockholm, and they are currently working on a number of projects worldwide, including ‘Pip’ House, Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles; the Renovation of Texas Square in Oranjestad, Aruba, Lesser Antilles, Caribbean Sea; and ‘La Canaria’ House, Mount Washington, Los Angeles. SelgasCano’s work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Guggenheim Museum, New York; GA Gallery, Tokyo; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; Design Museum, London; Akademie der Kunste, Berlin; Tin Sheds Gallery, Sydney; and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston. In 2012 the architects exhibited in the Spanish Pavilion at the 13th International Architecture Biennale, Venice, as part of SPAINLab. In 2013 they won the Kunstpreis (Art prize) awarded by the Akademie der Kunste, Berlin and were pronounced ‘Architects of the Year’ by the German Design Council in Munich. In 2015, they designed the 15th annual Serpentine Pavilion in London.