Interview 1: “How two Architects Developers became their own clients” by Iris Strobel
Interview 2: “From Architects to Real Estate Developers-with Alex and Esther from Barcelona” by Peter Eerlings
Interview 3: “Architects as Developers Diaz&Gallardo” by AAD media
Alex&Esther by Iris Ströbel www.Archipreneur.com
Diaz&Gallardo_“Architects as Developers”.
Alex Diaz and Esther Gallardo.
Both, born in Barcelona, graduated in Technical Architecture from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), after which they opened their DF-Studio. The DF-Studio was a multidisciplinary studio of art, architecture and design, restaurant and bar development, urban sculpture, and housing.
Later, Alex got a Degree in Architecture and Urbanism at the International University of Catalonia (UIC) and was responsible for Sustainable Construction at the UPC Polytechnic University of Catalonia over four years.
Similarly, Esther, graduated with a Master’s in Project Management from the UPC and the Association of Technical Architects and Building Engineers.
After years of work at their DF-Studio and exhibiting their projects at the World Trade Center Barcelona, Alex and Esther became developers of “special housing”.
Now, they develope and sell and an average of 10-15 apartments per year. They are “Architects as Developers”.
Constant innovation, research and investigation of a “superior aesthetic level,” sustainability and humanism are the formal principles of their projects and marketing endeavors. Endorsements, exhibitions and awards for works such as the photovoltaic facade Schott, and the CTAE Aerospace Technology Center, or the building of 60 apartments, Carrilet242, in l’Hospitalet de Llobregat, are examples of these principles in action. For these projects, they received the Innovation Mention in Catalonia Construction Awards in 2009 by the Generalitat of Catalonia and the Association of Technical Architects and Building Engineers of Barcelona.
Their latest project: three children, Max, Alexandra and Patricia.