Cadaval & Solà-Morales was founded in New York City in 2003 and moved to both Barcelona & Mexico City in 2005. The studio operates in a similar way to a laboratory in which research and development are seen as an important element of the design process. The objective of the firm is to create intelligent design solutions at many different scales, from large projects to small buildings, from objects to city fractions. The studio has won numerous awards including the prestigious Bauwelt Prize (Munich 2009), the Young Architects Prize from the Catalan Institute of Architects (Barcelona 2008), the Design Vanguard Award (New York 2008) a Mention of Honor for Young Architects from the IX Spanish Architecture Biennale (Madrid 2007), The Silver Medal of the XI Mexican Architecture Biennale (Mexico 2010) and the Prize of the Ibero American Architecture Biennale (Cadiz 2012).
Cadaval & Solà-Morales’ work has been selected for multiple exhibitions in Europe and abroad, including among others: The Venice Biennale and the Barbara Capocchin Biennale in Italy, the FAD prize exhibition, and the Exhibition of Young Spanish Architects of Spain. The work of the practice has also been published extensively worldwide in over 200 specialized magazines from more than 30 countries. Furthermore, it has been featured in some of the most prestigious global newspapers such as The New York Times, The Financial Times, Corriere della Sera, El Clarin, Reforma, Mercurio, La Vanguardia and El Pais.
Eduardo Cadaval and Clara Solà-Morales have taught and lectured at several highly regarded academic institutions in Europe and North America. They are both associate professors of Architecture and Urban Design at Barcelona and Tarragona schools of Architecture respectively and visiting professors of Calgary University’s Barcelona program. They have acted as critics at such universities as Harvard, Yale, The University of Pennsylvania, ETH Zurich and EPF Lausanne. Cadaval & Solà-Morales were considered by Wallpaper Magazine as one of the world’s 10 best young offices and by Architectural Record as one of the top ten architectural firms at international level in their Design Vanguards issue.
Eduardo Cadaval is a licensed architect. He holds a BA from the National University of Mexico (with special honors) and a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University. Since 2006 he has been an Associate Professor of Urbanism at Barcelona’s School of Architecture ETSAB, UPC. He is also a visiting professor at Calgary University’s Barcelona Program. Cadaval has also taught at the University of Pennsylvania's school of design, Harvard University’s Career Discovery program, the Boston Architectural Center, and the National University of Mexico. He was awarded with the National Council for the Arts Young Creators award and the National Council for Science and Technology Grant, both from the Mexican government.
Clara Solà-Morales is a licensed architect with a degree in Architecture from Barcelona’s School of Architecture and holds a Master in Architecture (MArchII) from Harvard University; she is also a PHD Candidate for Barcelona's school of Architecture. She is an associate professor of architecture at Barcelona’s School of Architecture ETSAB, UPC. She has taught at Tarragona´s University, at Calgary University’s Barcelona Program, Harvard's Career Discovery program and at the Boston Architectural Center. Solà-Morales was curator of the exhibition ‘Susana Solano. Proyectos’ at the ICO Foundation, in Madrid, and co-editor of the book Plans and Projects printed by the Barcelona City Hall. As a researcher, Clara worked at the Center for Urban Development Studies (CUDS), of Harvard University. She was also Head of Graduate Studies at the Barcelona Institute of Architecture, BIArch. Her theoretical work explores the industrial production within housing, and its repercussions on informal housing.