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efg. eva franch gilabert.
Franch’s work draws on sensorial archeologies of cultural, political, social, technological and formal realms in addressing the contemporary need for change. Her research in architecture focuses in ideological, cultural and formal disruptions through “architectural doubts” in three operative fields: utopias (historic-politic), metaphors (cognitive-formal) and atmospheres (experiential).
Franch has studied at TU Delft, at ETS Arquitectura Barcelona where she received her Master in Architecture with Honors in 2003 and at Princeton University where she received the Suzanne Kolarik Underwood Prize and her M.Arch II degree in 2007. Franch’s work has been exhibited at the Center for Architecture in New York, Korean Institute of Architects in Daegu, FAD Barcelona, NAI Rotterdam, Shenzen Biennale of Architecture, SOA Princeton, COAR Rioja and ETSA Barcelona among others. Selected publications include “Terminal B. Barcelona Creative Database” (2008), “CityThemeCity” and “Content_A” in Pidgin (2006-7), “Dementia” in Postboks (2004), “Pause Pavillion” in Pasajes (2004), “Generative metaphors” in Sources of Architectural Form (2007), and “R.E.D. studies” in Imagined Spaces (2007). Awarded the Howard Crosby Butler Traveling Fellowship (2006) by Princeton University, Franch also received the La Caixa (2005-2007) full fellowship in residence for postgraduate studies, the Incubadora del FAD prize for emerging architects (2007), a Pasajes-iGuzzini prize and a Dragados Foundation prize.
Franch has taught at the University of Buffalo as the Peter Reyner Banham Fellow [07-08] and at Rice University [08-10] as the Wortham Fellow acting as the Master Thesis Design Studio Director. Franch has taught the "Ecologies of Excess" and "Atmospheres of utopia" studios and the following theory seminars: "Performing Representations", "Utopia as Doubt", "On Banality-On Metaphor" and "Syn-City: a political sensorium".
Franch is a registered architect in Catalonia and holds an independent practice. She has built several projects and is currently working on a single house project and a dune observatory for the Delta de l’Ebre natural park.