Murado & Elvira is a Madrid-based multidisciplinary office founded by Juan Elvira and Clara Murado in 2003 dedicated to innovative architecture and interior design.
Our work has been awarded in many national and international competitions, and has been exhibited at prestigious venues as the Mostra Internazionale de Architettura di Venezia or the Bienal de Arquitectura Española. It has been finalist at the norwegian national architecture prize Staten Byggeskikkpris 2012 and selected at the Bienal Española de Arquitectura y Urbanismo 2013.
With a youthful team of professionals, our coming projects are covering different scales and scopes, from housing and renewals to public buildings.
We design spaces to breathe. Relaxed, loose fit environments that allow for a immediate personal appropriation of the user.
We propose a sustainable approach to design, where user participation, shared creativity and building techniques seek to benefit both society and nature.
Clara Murado was born in Lugo, a cold and rainy city in Galicia, Spain. She studied architecture in Madrid ETSAM and spent one year at the IUAV in Venezia (Italy). She met Juan Elvira during her academic career and started their collaboration right there. After completing her architecture degree, she took a Masters Degree in Advanced Architecture Design in Columbia, New York. Back to Spain, she founded Murado & Elvira along with his partner.
Clara is a Project Design Associated Professor at the Universidad de Arquitectura de Alcalá and visiting professor at national and international schools.
Along with her academic and professional career, she runs an editorial task as editor and director of diverse architectural publications. Her love for graphic design and visual thinking (only equaled by butter cookies and the music of Nick Cave) lead to the funding in 2015 of M&E Gráfico, the bi-dimensional twin of M&E Arquitectos. Some times both disciplines happily blend.
Juan Elvira was born in Badajoz, a hot and dry city in Spain. He studied architecture in Madrid ETSAM and spent one year at the IUAV in Venezia (Italy). He met Clara Murado during his academic career and started their collaboration right there. After completing his architecture degree, he also studied an advanced design master in Columbia University, New York (2000). When he returned to Spain, he worked for Arquitectura, the oldest architecture publication in Spain. Soon he co-founded his own magazine and finally founded Murado & Elvira Architects along with his partner.
He obtained his Phd degree with honors in 2015. The manuscript, called “Ghost Architecture. Space and the production of Ambient Effects” has been awarded with 1st mention at Arquia/Tesis foundation thesis prize in 2015 and has been finalist at the Bienal Iberoamericana de Arquitectura 2016. He anxiously expects it to be published soon.
Juan is Project Design Associated professor at the ETSAM, Urban Design professor at IE University, and visiting professor at national and international schools.
Along with his academic and professional career, he also runs a critical and editorial task, as editor of diverse architectural publications and author of numerous essays in specialized books and journals.