Irene Pérez Piferrer (Barcelona, 1976) has an Architecture Degree from the Vallés School of Architecture (ETSAV-UPC, 2001).
Jaume Mayol Amengual (Mallorca, 1976) has an Architecture Degree from the Vallés School of Architecture (ETSAV-UPC 2000) and a Ph.D. from the Catalonia Polytechnic University (UPC, 2010). They both also studied at the Rome Tre School (1999) and have two children: Aina and Biel.
TEd’A architects have been jury members and visiting lecturers at several international universities including Cornell University in Ithaca (New York), Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio (Switzerland), Kingston School of Art (London), ETSA Madrid, Lund Universitet (Sweden), KTH Stockholm (Sweden), Architecture School, University College, Dublin (Ireland), Fakultät für Architektur TU, Munich (Germany), ETSA Barcelona and HEIA, Fribourg (Switzerland), amongst others. Jaume Mayol has taught at the Vallés School of Architecture (Barcelona), IE School (Madrid) and ETSALS (Barcelona). Irene Pérez and Jaume Mayol were Directors of one of the workshops at the Porto Academy in 2017 (Portugal).
The work of TEd’A arquitectes was exhibited in the Spanish Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 (winner of the Golden Lion), the Catalan-Balearic Pavilion at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale, and the itinerant exhibition ‘Sensitive Matter: Young Catalan Architects, 2010-2012’.
We are where we are
TEd’A means Taller (atelier), Estudi (studio) d’Arquitectura (of Architecture). TEd’A is built over these three pillars Atelier (Investigation/Experimentation), Studio (Analisis/Teaching), and Architecture (Practicing/Building).
We are interested in local, common, quotidian, ordinary, infraordinary things.
We feel absorbed for the traditional architectures of each place we visit. Architectures without architects. Common architectures coming from the common sense.
BUILDING AN ATLAS
We use the existing as a tool. Everyday we fix what we see in photos or drawings. We try to build our own Atlas. We use this Atlas as a main tool. We try become part of it.
We try to move forward while looking back, without losing sight of the past and tradition.
We defend the regional identities in front of the globalizing uniformism.
We prefer evolution to revolution.
Tradition, derived from the Latin ‘tradere’, which means to go further, hand down, transmit. Tradition passes on secular knowledge from generation to generation.
Identity comes from the latin word idem, “the same”, “repeated”.
The identity of a place is created by the repetition of the same concept, the same process, or the same solution. That’s how craftmen work. With every repetition their work becomes better and better.
Alvaro Siza said that “architects do not really invent, they just modify”. We work copying. We work with things we have seen before. We work with the knowledge tradition gives us. We try to bring this knowledge further.
WE ARE WHERE WE ARE
Value the specific and tiny place where the work is located. Understand the local peculiarities of that small part of the world.
Continue with the logic of the environment where the work takes place. Intentionally rooted in that precise place.
In that sense we are where we are.