AZPML Principals

Alejandro Zaera-Polo is an architect and co-founder of London/New York based Alejandro Zaera-Polo and Maider Llaguno Architecture (AZPML). He graduated from the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid with Honors and obtained an MARCH2 degree from Harvard GSD with Distinction. He worked at OMA in Rotterdam prior to establishing first FOA in 1993, and Alejandro Zaera-Polo architecture in 2011, the vehicles where he has developed a successful international professional practice since.

In parallel to his professional activities, Alejandro Zaera-Polo has developed a substantial role within academia. He was the dean of the school of architecture at Princeton University and was the former Dean of the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam. He was a Visiting Professor at Princeton University and the inaugural Norman R. Foster Visiting Professor at Yale. He has published extensively as a theorist in El Croquis, Quaderns, A+U, Arch+, Volume, Log and many other international magazines and is a member of the London School of Economics Urban Age project. He has recently published Sniper’s Log, a compilation of his most relevant writings.

Maider Llaguno, becomes Alejandro Zaera-Polo’s partner in 2013 after having worked for Foreign Office Architects in London since 2006 where she was involved in several projects such as the Trinity office complex in the city of London and the Ravensbourne college of design and communication as well as in various design competitions. She graduated from ETSASS/ ETSAB with honors in 2006 and from GSAPP Columbia University with distinction (excellence in design) in 2009. She has taught at different universities in USA and Europe, Barnard college and GSAPP Columbia University in New York, the Structural design department at the architecture school at the ETH Zurich, and together with Alejandro Zaera-Polo at Yale School of Architecture and Berlage Institute in Rotterdam. She has finished the doctorate coursework at the Institute of Technology in Architecture ETH Zurich, and she is currently developing her thesis on urban physics, focusing on the role of architectural form and materiality in the microclimate of the street canyon, research that is being developed between the Environmental Engineering department at Princeton University and the architecture school ETH Zurich.

Ivaylo Vladimirov Nachev, becomes a partner in 2019 after having worked for AZPML (Alejandro Zaera-Polo and Maider Llaguno Architecture) London office since 2015 where he was involved with the Palazzo del Cinema di Locarno, Birmingham New Street Station and numerous international design competition projects including the winning entries for Kirchberg Social Housing in Luxembourg, Ex-Torretta bridge in Switzerland, the Shenzhen Bay Super Headquarters Green Axis Landscape design in China and the Korean Museum of Urbanism and Architecture in Sejong, South Korea. He graduated from the Polytechnic of Milan receiving a master (M.Arch II) degree with Honours and a double degree based on merit, following the 9th Cycle of the multidisciplinary program ASP School (Alta Scuola Politecnica), Polytechnic of Milan and Turin, Italy. Since 2011, prior to joining AZPML, he has collaborated with FG SA Studio (Milan) working on a wide range of Civic and Cultural projects. In 2014, Ivaylo joined RIMOND (Milan) to collaborate on the construction management and BIM modelling of the UAE Pavilion for EXPO 2015 designed by Foster + Partners. At the same time his interest in sustainability and smart technologies led him to collaborate with Inspiring Software (Bussero-Milan) on multidisciplinary projects involved with sustainability, data collection, innovation and smart technologies for Architecture and Urban Analysis.

AZPML Profile

AZPML (Alejandro Zaera-Polo and Maider Llaguno Architecture) is an international practice, based in London, Barcelona, Zurich and Princeton. AZPML (Alejandro Zaera Polo Architecture) was born in 2011 as a legacy practice of FOA after its demerger, and follows former FOA’s partner Alejandro Zaera-Polo. In 2013 Maider Llaguno former FOA architect, partnered Alejandro Zaera-Polo architecture. As part of that legacy, AZPML architecture has a commitment to innovation in architecture and urban design, combining technical innovation with design excellence.

Alejandro Zaera Polo’s award-winning projects include the Yokohama International Cruise Terminal in Japan, noted for its use of dramatic form, innovative materials, and fascination with the interplay of architecture, landscape, and nature, credited by the Design Museum as a design sensation alive with bustling urbanity and seaside tranquillity. Other projects include a new building for Ravensbourne in Greenwich, the John Lewis Department Store, Cineplex and Footbridges in Leicester, Carabanchel Social Housing in Madrid, Meydan Retail Complex and Multiplex in Istanbul, the Spanish Pavilion at the 2005 International Expo in Aichi, a large coastal park with outdoor auditoriums in Barcelona, a Municipal Theatre and Auditorium in Torrevieja, La Rioja Technology Transfer Centre in Logrono and the Dulnyouk Publishing Headquarters in Paju, South Korea.

AZPML’s current projects in the UK include Birmingham New Street Station in Birmingham and Trinity EC3 office complex in the City of London.  In Spain, AZPML is involved in a new Hospital in Lleida, a Biotechnology centre in Barcelona, the redevelopment of the Santander Waterfront, including the design of a new ferry terminal and the yacht club which will host the World Cup in 2010, the Gurrutxaga Winery in Lekeitio and the Cerezales Foundation. AZPML is also involved in the development of two high-rise residential towers in Busan, Korea and the Locarno cinema film festival headquarters in Switzerland.

The work of Alejandro Zaera-Polo has been widely published and exhibited, and represented Britain at the 8th Venice Architecture Biennale in 2002; he has received the Enric Miralles Prize for Architecture, five RIBA Awards, the 2004 Venice Architecture Biennale Award, and the Charles Jencks Award for Architecture.

List of clients included:

Austro Control Zentrale Wien, Vienna, Austria

Antonino and Cinia Cerezales Fundation; Leon, Spain

Barbican Centre; London, UK

Barcelona City Council; Spain

Belgo Group PLC; London, UK

Beetham Organization Ltd; Liverpool, UK

Bo01; Malmö, Sweden

British Broadcasting Corporation; London, UK

British Council; London, UK

British Land; London, UK

Campus de la Justicia; Madrid, Spain

Capitaland; Kuala Lampur, Malaysia

Dulnyouk Publishing Company; Seoul, Korea

El Vendegueral; Spain

Empresa Municipal de la Vivienda y Suelo; Madrid, Spain

Euskotren S.A.; Bilbao, Spain

Eyebeam Corporation; New York, USA

FSB / Any Corporation; Dusseldorf, Germany

La Rioja Regional Government; Spain

Grand Toulouse; Toulouse, France

Groningen Gemeente; Groningen, The Netherlands

Grupo Masaveu; Spain

Haarlemmermeer City Council; Haarlem, The Netherlands

Hammerson plc; UK

Habitat Spain; Barcelona, Spain

3 [Hutchison 3G]; London, UK

Icade; France

Infrastructures 2004; City of Barcelona, Spain

ING Real Estate; France

Iranian Ministry of Culture; Teheran, Iran

Land Securities Group PLC; UK

Louis Vuitton; Paris, France

Lower Manhattan Development Corporation; NY, USA

Locarno City Council; Locarno, Switzerland

Lubasa Inmobiliaria; Spain

Maggies Cancer Care Centre; UK

Mahler4 Consortium; Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Metro Group AG; Germany

Myeong Dong Cathedral; Seoul, Korea

MOCA Cleveland; Ohio, USA

Network Rail; London, UK

Novartis International; Basel, Switzerland

Olympic Delivery Authority; London, UK

Park Downsview CLC + Canada Lands; Toronto, Canada

Pasaia Port Authority, Pasaia, Spain

Peabody Trust; London, UK

Port & Harbour Bureau; City of Yokohama, Japan

Port & Harbour Bureau; Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain

Porto Antico di Genova; Genoa, Italy

Pusan High Speed Railways; Pusan, Korea

Ravensbourne College of Art & Design; UK

Reyal SA; Madrid, Spain

Real Federacion Espanola de Vela, Spain

Rodenas Jara Proyectos y Obras; Spain

SAEM Val de Seine Amenagement; Paris, France

Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd; UK

Schipper-Bosch BV; Amersfoort; The Netherlands

Selfridges&Co; London; UK

Solomon Group; Korea

South Bank Corporation; London, UK

Southwark County Council; London, UK

Spanish Society of International Exhibitions; Spain

PalaCinema S.A.; Locarno, Switzerland

Thomas Goode; London

Torrevieja City Council; Spain

Villajoyosa City Council; Spain