Iñaqui Carnicero

Iñaqui Carnicero

Principal of RICA Studio


Active in both the academic field and a professional practice, Iñaqui Carnicero is an internationally awarded architect, European PhD and Professor at Cornell University. A year after graduating Carnicero earned his first commission through a competition for the construction of a University building in Madrid, which was accompanied by his participation in the Venice Architecture Biennale, 2000.

He is the director of the Spanish Pavilion for the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale drawing attention to the “Architecture of the Unfinished” related to the Spanish territory. The exhibition will promote creative speculation about the subversion of the negative past condition into a positive contemporary action.

Carnicero has won several competitions and completed many projects, including CEU University, 40 Social housing in Madrid, a High School in Albacete, the restoration of an Arab tower in Guadalajara, the new District Attorney’s Office in Madrid’s City of Justice, Hangar 16 Matadero-Madrid at a former slaughterhouse of Madrid, and the Pitch´s house.

His work has been recognized with the AIANY Housing Award 2015, Design Vanguard Award 2012, Hauser Award 2012, Emerging Architecture Award Architectural Record 2011, Rome Prize 2009, COAM Award 2012, FAD Spanish Architecture and Public Opinion Award 2012, 2013 Barbara Cappochin Award (Honorable Mention), BSI University of Mendrisio  (selected) 2007, shorlisted Architectural Digest award 2009 and BIGMAT 2013, Luigi Cosenza 2004 and exhibit at the RIBA exhibition International Emerging Architects 2011, Architecture week in Prague, GA Gallery Japan 2012.

Carnicero has lectured at prestigious institutions such as Cornell, Harvard GSP, Rice, Berkeley,  NJIT, Carleton, Roma Tre, La Sapienza, Calgary, Cervantes Institute in Prague, London Roca Gallery, Barcelona La Salle, Madrid ETSAM, Sevilla and Navarra University.

He is the director of “Symmetries”, an architecture platform that relates roman and contemporary strategies in the city. His Ph.D. dissertation focuses on Louis Kahn and Robert Venturi’s discoveries and connections with Rome.

Since 2012 he runs the office Rica Studio with her partner Lorena del Rio, with offices in Madrid and New York.

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