Javier Pena Galiano (Murcia 1966) Architect graduated from the ETSAM in 1992. Founder of XPIRAL Innovative answers in 1997 with headquarters in Murcia and Barcelona. He is a professor at the IAAC Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia in Barcelona. During the last 15 years, he has worked as a university professor directing his own Units and Workshops in universities such as MIT, IAAC, UIC-Esarq, University of Alicante and University of Alcalá de Henares. He has recently become director at the IAAC of the Self-sufficient Buildings Master and professor of OTF, as a continuation of his intense teaching during the past 12 years at the University of Alicante, where he undertakes the research project about pedagogical teaching in architecture ‘Taller YRBG, para el futuro del Proyecto de fin de carrera’. Among the highlighted workshops are the 5th Biennial of Architecture and Design in Sao Paulo 2003, ’7 Ideas of Beauty’ Madrid 2005, ‘Talento y Talante’ in Santander 2005, SAW 2011 in Sofia and MIT-IAAC workshop with Andrew Scott in 2012.
Since 1997 he manages XPIRAL Innovative answers firm, leading the development of several proposals that explore alternatives to non-discipline problems, supported by new technology and multimedia resources, beyond architecture, urbanism and design. Assuming the criteria of lifelong learning and the creative evolution the fact to be constantly moving around different countries, and the ‘Tuning’ concept like attitude to the existing reality, as architectural improvements, urban or territorial, a design process that connects models, prototypes and factories, production formats are working simultaneously with material production.
He develops his critical practice participating in diverse conferences, round tables and exhibitions in cities such as Barcelona, Lima, London, Moscow, Madrid, Sau Paulo, Panama, Algiers and more. Some of the most important exhibitions he has displayed his architectural works are the Vlll Venice Architecture Biennale 2002 , Spanish Architecture Exhibition ‘On Site’ held at MoMA in New York 2006, the Spanish architecture exhibition Innovación Abierta held in Panama 2011 and the exhibition ‘100 architects of the Year‘ in Seoul 2012. He has received numerous awards, among the most highlighted the competition Europan 6 won and built, Finalist at FAD Awards 2000, Finalist SALONI Awards, First Prize of Barrio de la Paz Murcia 2006, Selected in the Mies van der Rohe Award 2009, finalist in the ONE PRIZE New York 2011, finalist at AIT Awards of public space 2012 and selected for his career in the Iakov Chernikhov prize 2012.