AP 164: Ábalos & Herreros

AP 164: Ábalos & Herreros

Selected by Kersten Geers and David Van Severen, Juan José Castellón González, Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu, with an interpretation in photographs by Stefano Graziani

The influential work of Ábalos & Herreros re-interpreted by their contemporaries, collaborators, and students.

Also available in Spanish



Title Information

Edited by Giovanna Borasi

1st edition

, 2016


208 pages, 136 color and 248 b/w illustrations

24 x 31 cm

ISBN 978-3-03860-006-0

In cooperation with Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), Montreal


Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros established the renowned architectural firm Ábalos & Herreros in Madrid in 1984. At the time, following the end of the Franco regime, architects were valued more for their technical ability than for their contributions to theoretical research. In this context, Ábalos & Herreros’s melding of design with a range of publications and curatorial projects presented a remarkable challenge to assumptions about the role of an architect.

In 2012, the Canadian Centre for Architecture obtained the Ábalos & Herreros archive, which contains documents related to more than 160 projects. The material comprises sketches, slides, models, collages, and drawings. The archive presents a compelling opportunity to reconstruct Ábalos & Herreros’s planning and design process. Each of the book’s three contributors—two of whom worked with Ábalos & Herreros—approaches the archive with specific questions, and their essays explore topics including the architects’ fascination with industrial architecture, their capacity to construct a hybrid materiality without recourse to building technology as language, and their innovative visions for landscape architecture.

While many have written about the work of Ábalos & Herreros, previous books have been based mainly on their built projects and ongoing research. AP 164: Ábalos & Herreros is the first book to draw on the firm’s archive to offer a new take on this important architectural practice.


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Authors & Editors

Iñaki Ábalos

 is co-director of Ábalos+Sentkiewicz Arquitectos. He is also a Professor of Architectural Design and director of the Laboratorio de Técnicas y Paisajes Contemporáneos (LTPC) at ETSAM since 2002 and Professor-in-Residence at Harvard Graduate School of Design since 2012.

Giovanna Borasi

 is an architect and the CCA's curator for contemporary architecture.

Juan José Castellón González

 studied architecture at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) and the Architectural Association of London. He was Adjunct Professor of Digital Culture at the Barcelona Institute of Architecture (BIArch) and is currently Researcher and Lecturer at the Chair of Structural Design at ETH Zurich's School of Architecture.

Kersten Geers

, born 1975, is a founding partner of architectural firm Office Kersten Geers David Van Severen in Brussels. He is also an Associate Professor at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, where he is head of the Laboratory for Architecture as Form.

Juan Herreros

 is the founding principal of Estudio Herreros, and a Professor at Madrid School of Architecture and Columbia University in New York.

Florian Idenburg

 is co-founder of New York architectural practice SO – IL. He has held teaching positions at Harvard, Columbia, Princeton, and the University of Kentucky. He is currently an adjunct assistant professor at Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Jing Liu