Cultural palimpsest is at the heart of Spanish architecture. Rooted in a pluralistic history, Spanish architecture is informed by a plethora of cultures. With cities like Córdoba, once ruled by the Romans and later the capital of the Umayyad dynasty, Spain is comprised of a culturally-rich landscape adorned with Christian, Muslim and Jewish iconography. Spain’s global architectural influence is also attributed to its colonial rule over Latin America, which expanded its architectural power in the 16th century and has since found its way back to the architectural lexicon through the Spanish Revival style. Whether in the nation or abroad, one is likely to encounter designs touched by Spanish craft and creation.
The rich ornament and decoration found in its historic architecture continue in the contemporary context. Think 19th-century Catalan Modernism, spearheaded by the famous Antoni Gaudí: structures like the Sagrada Família are far from unadorned. The 19th century also brought forth a boom in urban development, with large city expansions and increased attention to urbanization (the term was actually coined in Barcelona); such planning efforts continue to inform the nation’s public housing projects of today. And following the death of dictator Francisco Franco in 1975, a lively architectural culture flourished — to some, the epitome of democratic design — as figures like Oriol Bohigas and Rafael Moneo positioned Spain at the forefront of global architectural discussions. Today, evaluations of the “Bilbao Effect” and the legacy of architects like Ricardo Bofill continue to dominate design conversations.
With so many architecture firms to choose from, it’s challenging for clients to identify the industry leaders that will be an ideal fit for their project needs. Fortunately, Architizer is able to provide guidance on the top design firms in Spain based on more than a decade of data and industry knowledge.
How are these architecture firms ranked?
The following ranking has been created according to key statistics that demonstrate each firm’s level of architectural excellence. The following metrics have been accumulated to establish each architecture firm’s ranking, in order of priority:
- The number of A+Awards won (2013 to 2023)
- The number of A+Awards finalists (2013 to 2023)
- The number of projects selected as “Project of the Day” (2009 to 2023)
- The number of projects selected as “Featured Project” (2009 to 2023)
- The number of projects uploaded to Architizer (2009 to 2023)
Each of these metrics is explained in more detail at the foot of this article. This ranking list will be updated annually, taking into account new achievements of Spain architecture firms throughout the year.
Without further ado, here are the 26 best architecture firms in Spain:
25. RUIZ PARDO – NEBREDA
Ruiz Pardo – Nebreda is a Madrid-based architecture practice operating worldwide. It was founded in 2011 by architect Marcelo Ruiz Pardo and building engineer Sonia Nebreda. The firm runs as a multidisciplinary team that looks out for new approaches to architectural and urban space, working to develop new scenarios towards a highly sustainable, flexible, diverse and inclusive environments.
Some of RUIZ PARDO – NEBREDA’s most prominent projects include:
The following statistics helped RUIZ PARDO – NEBREDA achieve 25th place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in Spain:
24. Valentí Albareda Studio
Valentí Albareda is an architect based in Barcelona, Spain. Part of the METRIC Integra construction company, Valentí’s works range from residential homes to commercial spaces such as yoga studios.
Some of Valentí Albareda Studio’s most prominent projects include:
- Nil Dos House, Spain
- Triplex at Sant Antoni, Barcelona, Spain
- Sa Medalla, Balearic Islands, PM, Spain
- Casa Nil, Barcelona, Spain
- Guilleries, Barcelona, Spain
The following statistics helped Valentí Albareda Studio achieve 24th place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in Spain:
gon is an architecture office headed by Gonzalo Pardo. Its practice focuses on the research and development of multi-scale projects whose common denominator is a ludic, experimental, critical, and optimistic point of view of contemporaneity. Its interests focus on the creative processes of architectural design and construction, but also on the role that mediation and communication play in architecture as fundamental vehicles for transforming the world into a more sustainable, dignified, and free place.
Some of gon’s most prominent projects include:
- StoRED home, Madrid, Spain
- G house, Madrid, Spain
- sequencehouse, Madrid, Spain
- M.R HOUSE, Madrid, Spain
- dozen doors, Madrid, Spain
The following statistics helped gon achieve 23rd place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in Spain:
22. Office of Architecture in Barcelona
In 2005 architect Carlos Ferrater, together with his children Borja and Lucía Ferrater, plus his son-in-law Xavier Martí-Galí, decided to set up a new collective platform, Office of Architecture in Barcelona (OAB). OAB picks up on the trajectory of earlier practices, whilst incorporating new ways of understanding architecture through flexibility and varied approaches. OAB attempts to confront the challenges that the architecture of this century has posed in the intellectual and social, technological and environmental fields.
Some of Office of Architecture in Barcelona’s most prominent projects include:
The following statistics helped Office of Architecture in Barcelona achieve 22nd place in the 26 Best Architecture Firms in Spain:
21. RUBÉN MUEDRA ESTUDIO DE ARQUITECTURA
Rubén Muedra founded RUBÉN MUEDRA ESTUDIO DE ARQUITECTURA in 2010, with the conviction that architecture is the way to provide well-being to people. Always solving technical and functional needs through architecture, but without renouncing beauty through innovation, insinuation or provocation. And living in continuous learning, always close to known or previously explored limits.
Since the formation of the Studio, the work has always been oriented towards the pursuit of excellence in each project, creating architecture of the highest quality and precision. Each project that the Studio initiates is a new challenge and in all of them, we try to achieve complete customer satisfaction.
Some of RUBÉN MUEDRA ESTUDIO DE ARQUITECTURA’s most prominent projects include:
- ALPHA HOUSE, Valencia, Spain
- DUNE HOUSE, Valencian Community, Spain
- CONCRETE HOUSE, Valencia, Spain
- BRISE SOLEIL HOUSE, Valencia, Spain
- MURVIEDRO SILK HOUSE, Valencia, Spain
The following statistics helped RUBÉN MUEDRA ESTUDIO DE ARQUITECTURA achieve 21st place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in Spain:
20. NOMO STUDIO
NOMO studio is based in Barcelona and Stockholm. We are a young multidisciplinary team of architects and designers within various fields of architecture and product design. We do not resign ourselves to anything less than creativity, uniqueness and strong concepts in our work.
Some of NOMO STUDIO’s most prominent projects include:
- Curved House, Balearic Islands, IB, Spain
- Patio House, Balearic Islands, IB, Spain
- Frame House, Balearic Islands, IB, Spain
- Ses Menorquines, Es Mercadal, Spain
The following statistics helped NOMO STUDIO achieve 20th place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in Spain:
19. OHLAB / oliver hernaiz architecture lab
Paloma Hernaiz and Jaime Oliver direct OHLAB, an office devoted to urban analysis and cultural research of contemporary society through design, architectural practice and urban strategy. Based in Palma de Mallorca, the team consists of 20 architecture, interior design and engineering professionals. OHLAB is currently working on different hotel, residential and commercial projects in Spain and abroad.
Some of OHLAB / oliver hernaiz architecture lab’s most prominent projects include:
The following statistics helped OHLAB / oliver hernaiz architecture lab achieve 19th place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in Spain:
18. SCOB Architecture & Landscape
In 2005, Sergi Carulla and Oscar Blasco founded SCOB architecture and landscape studio, where they have been developing projects that combine both disciplines.
Some of SCOB Architecture & Landscape’s most prominent projects include:
- Landscape architecture for Terra Dominicata Hotel & winery, Tarragona, Spain
- OneOcean Marina Port Vell, Barcelona, Spain
- Climatic Islands, public spaces at Barcelona’s Old Port, Barcelona, Spain
- Mar Bella Urban Skate Park – Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
- Aureà Cuadrado Urban Skate Park – Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
The following statistics helped SCOB Architecture & Landscape achieve 18th place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in Spain:
17. Zooco Estudio
Zooco is an architecture studio founded in 2009. The studio covers a wide spectrum of design, from large-scale building to furniture design. The application of solutions adapted to the client and their needs, and the use of a timeless language, free of noise and artifice, are the hallmarks of a studio in permanent search for new challenges.
In a world as changing and fleeting as the current one, we look for architectural and spatial solutions that stand the test of time, that endure through the constant irruption of trends and fashions, phenomena that cause the immediate expiration of most creative proposals. One of our main objectives is to present design as an added value, profitable to achieve the commercial success of a business. We accompany the client throughout the entire process of creating and building the project.
Some of Zooco Estudio’s most prominent projects include:
- MODULOR, Madrid, Spain
- PERÍMETRO, Madrid, Spain
- HOTEL AZUL, Cantabria, Cantabria, Spain
- JHouse, Madrid, Spain
- M4: House looking at the forest, Madrid, Spain
The following statistics helped Zooco Estudio achieve 17th place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in Spain:
16. 05 AM Arquitectura
Our practice and professional expertise is based on the realisation of projects, interiors and landscapes architecture. Our work is always a result of a dialogue, trying to understand and to shape the needs and wishes of our clients, applying our self-judgment to reach coherent results that express clearly the quality of spaces, lights and materials. Our aim is to adapt ourselves and overcome any previous constraints to make the most out of each of our project, designing comfortable and quality spaces and go beyond clients expectations.
We have carried out projects both for public administration, public competitions and private commissions, having a vast experience in the last one, either in interior renovations or new constructions. Throughout our professional trajectory we have received numerous recognitions in the specialized sector. 05 AM arquitectura team is formed by intern collaborators and an extensive network of highly-specialized consultants on different areas, with whom we share the same goals and self-commitment.
Some of 05 AM Arquitectura’s most prominent projects include:
- Maison à colombages with 4 alcoves, Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, France
- HOUSE IN FRONT OF A STREAM IN CASSÀ DE LA SELVA, Cassà de la Selva, Spain
- Health Center in Sant Vicenç de Castellet, Sant Vicenç de Castellet, Spain
- House with a space for the exhibition of contemporary art, Valldoreix, Spain
- House in Sa Riera, Girona, CT, Spain
The following statistics helped 05 AM Arquitectura achieve 16th place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in Spain:
15. Dom Arquitectura
We understand each project as a different challenge, we face trying to innovate, experiment and learn from each one. We especially like the relationship with their environment, urban or natural. Integrate it into the site, flow with your feelings, and perceptions of our intense look on the nature of the place, gives us the basis to define each project. We enjoy architecture as if it were a game that involves the management of light, shape, materials and their creative process. The strong finish is what makes us happy and so we work hard every day.
Some of Dom Arquitectura’s most prominent projects include:
- Stand Sauleda, Stuttgart, Germany
- Mountain Guest House, Barcelona, Spain
- Rehabilitation in la Cerdanya, La Cerdanya, CT, Spain
- Wood Studio House, Sant Cugat del Vallès, Spain
- Les Algues Chill & Drinks, Roses, Spain
The following statistics helped Dom Arquitectura achieve 15th place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in Spain:
14. Raúl Sánchez Architects
RAS arquitectura is an architecture and design practice based in Barcelona, founded by Raúl Sánchez. The firm develops a professional activity which escapes specialization in order to cover all types of work and projects related to architecture, urbanism and design, as well as resources, ideas and techniques management. Regardless of the type, scale, location or budget, every new work is a new challenge.
Some of Raúl Sánchez Architects’s most prominent projects include:
- Apartment Tibbaut, Barcelona, Spain
- House 1016, Castelldefels, Spain
- Tamarit Apartment, Barcelona, Spain
- Corsega Apartment, Barcelona, Spain
- Duplex Tibbaut, Barcelona, Spain
The following statistics helped Raúl Sánchez Architects achieve 14th place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in Spain:
María Langarita and Víctor Navarro founded the architectural studio Langarita-Navarro in 2005. Langarita-Navarro designs and directs teams driven by innovation, efficiency and imagination. We help connect desires and knowledge, resources and technology, expectations and experience.
Some of langarita-navarro’s most prominent projects include:
The following statistics helped langarita-navarro achieve 13th place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in Spain:
12. marià castelló, architecture
The studio began its course in February 2002 with the first public and private initiative projects in Formentera. The connection, the respect and the commitment with the culture, the landscape and the territory of the minor of the Pitiüsas islands was determining in the professional and personal orientation chosen. To address larger-scale projects or to expand the geographical limits of the actions in a timely manner, decentralization has been chosen through external collaborations with other studies and professionals with similar values.
Formentera historically has opted for a dispersed occupation model of very low density, and in this context the isolated single-family dwelling has been the most common program to be solved.To address larger-scale projects or to expand the geographical limits of the actions in a timely manner, decentralization has been chosen through external collaborations with other studies and professionals with similar values. Formentera historically has opted for a dispersed occupation model of very low density, and in this context the isolated single-family dwelling has been the most common program to be solved.
Some of marià castelló, architecture’s most prominent projects include:
- Bosc d’en Pep Ferrer, Balearic Islands, PM, Spain
- Es Pou, Balearic Islands, IB, Spain
- Casa 8×8, Balearic Islands, PM, Spain
- Home – Office in Formentera island, Balearic Islands, PM, Spain
- Can Manuel d’en Corda, Balearic Islands, PM, Spain
The following statistics helped marià castelló, architecture achieve 12th place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in Spain:
11. Egue y Seta
A team with a sharp eye and big ears! Architects and engineers along with graphic, industrial and of course, interior designers, we all design mainly with our ears!
At EGUE Y SETA we approach every project with the certainty that clients do know what they need, like and consider aesthetically pleasing. They have helped us become, one project at a time, “listening experts”! Tell us about your project or how you’d like to live!
Some of Egue y Seta’s most prominent projects include:
- Güindus 16, 16, Calle Fernando el Santo, Madrid, Spain
- Frankfurt Station, 35, Carrer de la Creu Coberta, Barcelona, Spain
- House Benicassim, Valencia, Spain
- Urban beach home, Spain
- Poblenou ein 3 acts, Barcelona, Spain
The following statistics helped Egue y Seta achieve 11th place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in Spain:
10. Roman Izquierdo Bouldstridge
We are an architectural studio that works in very diverse fields of design, from urban planning and architecture to interior design and objects. We combine professional practice with artistic experimentation and research.
We design each project based on the daily experience of people, seeking a balance between functionality, relationship with environment and beauty of spaces created to be lived in a natural way. We keep a close dialogue with our clients through the design process, deeply understanding their needs and expectations, applying innovative tailored solutions and paying special attention to detail.
Some of Roman Izquierdo Bouldstridge’s most prominent projects include:
- Multidisciplinary design office, Barcelona, Spain
- Les Corts Apartment, Barcelona, Spain
- Sant Antoni Lofts, Barcelona, Spain
- Colvin Florist, Barcelona, Spain
- Costa Brava House, Girona, CT, Spain
The following statistics helped Roman Izquierdo Bouldstridge achieve 10th place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in Spain:
IDOM is a leading multidisciplinary group that provides engineering, architecture and consulting services around the world.
Some of IDOM’s most prominent projects include:
The following statistics helped IDOM achieve 9th place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in Spain:
8. Mateo Arquitectura
Mateo Arquitectura is an architectural practice led by Josep Lluís Mateo. It is globally active and tries to connect intelligence and artistic ambition with pragmatism and objectivity.
Some of Mateo Arquitectura’s most prominent projects include:
The following statistics helped Mateo Arquitectura achieve 8th place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in Spain:
CystalZoo arises from the idea of a studio as a discussion forum. It is immersed continuously in a learning process and research of new techniques, because the intervention in a metropolitan scale needs mutable plans able to adapt themselves to the agents involved in each treatment, time or environment and to the specific needs of each project as well. We are experts in low cost architecture and design.
The concept of CrystalZoo Team emerges from the idea of the architectural studio as a heterogeneous and multidisciplinary centre. Each member comes from a different cultural and professional field and possesses special characteristics, which are combined to contribute to the enrichment of the group as collective.
Some of CrystalZoo’s most prominent projects include:
- Coworking LAB Nucía, Alacant, Spain
- Expansion of Government Offices, Alicante, Spain
- Casal de la Juventud de Novelda, Novelda, Spain
- The Tossal Social Center, Alicante, Spain
- Environmental Social Center, Alicante, Spain
The following statistics helped CrystalZoo achieve 7th place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in Spain:
6. Pepe Gascón Arquitectura
Pepe Gascón Architecture is an architectural studio with an extensive experience and professional background. Its work has been recognized through publications and awards, national and international. The study has a multidisciplinary team where reigns the creative and innovative spirit. It also has external collaboration of the best experts in the most varied disciplines.
We develop projects of architecture, interior design and urban space design, covering all the stages of the construction process: from the project, its management, as well as its subsequent realization. Through an integral control of the construction process, we are able to manage projects from initial conception to final realization, always in the planned budget and timing. We develop each project with a great intensity, rigor and professionalism, trying to do a sober and essential architecture, provided with innovative solutions and timeless character.
Some of Pepe Gascón Arquitectura’s most prominent projects include:
The following statistics helped Pepe Gascón Arquitectura achieve 6th place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in Spain:
The respect for the environment as a value that has to be managed became a social consensus. Architecture has to search for new alternatives that propose a more stimulating relation with nature and an honest application of natural resources. This can give us objective guide lines to approach planning and construction technology from a really contemporary point of view. To approach the project from a knowledge of the building mechanisms and planning.
The dialogue between multidisciplinary teams during the development of the project. The industrialization of the construction process as a way of increasing quality and comfort and of reducing costs. New architectural forms as a result of the aspiration of the environment and not of an individual expression.
Some of Picharchitects/Pich-Aguilera’s most prominent projects include:
- University Hospital Sant Joan, Reus, Spain
- Telefónica Móviles Building, Ciudad Real, Spain
- Experimental Center for the Audiovisual Production « Magical ». Technological Scientific Park, Lleida, Spain
- “Magical” Science and Technology Park, Lleida, Spain
- “POMARET” HOUSES, Barcelona, Spain
The following statistics helped Picharchitects/Pich-Aguilera achieve 5th place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in Spain:
4. arnau estudi d’arquitectura
Ask on the spot, listen to the customer, follow your gut. To believe in the magical power of the first idea, in the wisdom of innocence; make sincere architecture. Love the detail of a texture on a facade and the touch of the backrest on a chair. Clinging to the beauty of a random patch of fresh grass and the warmth of a weather-beaten wooden can; to all that is true. Load the haystack, the threshing floor and the seat into the rucksack. To walk forward, towards an Architecture that lets us feel nature as a part of ourselves; live intensely.
Some of arnau estudi d’arquitectura’s most prominent projects include:
- RETINA HOUSE, Santa Pau, Spain
- CASA MOSSEGADA / BITTEN HOUSE, Sant Feliu de Pallerols, Spain
- ESPAI VERTICAL / VERTICAL SPACE, Olot, Spain
- CASERNA / QUARTER, Bas, Spain
- CARRERA’S FARMHOUSE BARN, Girona, Spain
The following statistics helped arnau estudi d’arquitectura achieve 4th place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in Spain:
3. AGi architects
The international design firm AGi architects was founded by architects Joaquín Pérez-Goicoechea and Nasser B. Abulhasan. With a noticeable international character and a multidisciplinary focus, AGi architects offers a professional service emphasizing quality, creativity and exclusive design. AGi has a vision to create environments that create a lasting value for clients through distinctive and imaginative solutions. At present, the studio has offices in Kuwait and Madrid, with a team comprised of more than 50 professionals.
The studio’s architecture is based on four founding pillars: innovation, an inherent life component, ecological and social interventions and research. AGi architects provides comprehensive services in architecture, interior design and urban planning.
Some of AGi architects’s most prominent projects include:
The following statistics helped AGi architects achieve 3rd place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in Spain:
2. Nook Architects
From Barcelona, Joan G Cortés and Rubén F Berenguer direct Nook Architects, paying special attention to the most relevant aspects for the user, without losing sight of the balance between context, functionality and materiality. Its premise is to achieve timeless and comfortable spaces that allow the user to modify them to adapt them to their needs over time.
Some of Nook Architects’s most prominent projects include:
- THE BOOKCASE, Barcelona, Spain
- MARIA & CUBÍ, Barcelona, Spain
- CASA JES, Barcelona, Spain
- ZAMNESS, Barcelona, Spain
- CASA ROC, Barcelona, Spain
The following statistics helped Nook Architects achieve 2nd place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in Spain:
1. Fran Silvestre Arquitectos
The project approach arises from a double commitment: the will to give a technical response to a specific context (needs program, budget, regulations, environment…) and the desire to seek beauty through the built work. This process pursues the satisfaction, understood in its most complete sense, of all those who actively participate in development. Especially customers and users, but also collaborators, builders and designers.
Another characteristic of the process is continuity. Continuity with an environment that we must respect, spatial continuity, the use of few materials, the integration of facilities, lighting… These are common factors in the work carried out. And also the search for continuity in time, valuing the architecture that is capable of going through it without becoming obsolete.
The dialogue is always present, since the work becomes part of the identity of those who inhabit it. The house and the work space are a true reflection of those who live or work there, an unequivocal expression of their personality or their corporate culture. This dialogue seeks comfort and utility, examining the conflicts and joys of the daily acts of human life, which define architecture. The response given to these concepts characterizes the projects making each one different.
And finally, the team. Excellence in design is based on the integration of a network of professionals who share the pleasure of their work. A team made up of specialists in the calculation of structures, acoustics, installations, graphic design, interior design, architecture… that produces an atmosphere of shared creativity capable of generating contagious motivation, taking care of what is in process and excited about what is to come.
Some of Fran Silvestre Arquitectos’s most prominent projects include:
The following statistics helped Fran Silvestre Arquitectos achieve 1st place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in Spain:
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A Guide to Project Awards
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- Project completed within the last 3 years
- A well written, concise project description of at least 3 paragraphs
- Architectural design with a high level of both functional and aesthetic value
- High quality, in focus photographs
- At least 8 photographs of both the interior and exterior of the building
- Inclusion of architectural drawings and renderings
- Inclusion of construction photographs
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Top image: House on Cliffside by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos,Spain
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