OHLAB is an award-winning office devoted to urban analysis and cultural research of contemporary society through design, architectural practice and urban strategy. OHLAB has been recently awarded as Interior Design firm of 2019 by Architecture Masterprize, selected as one of the 6 best emerging interior design studios of 2018 by Dezeen and has been previously described by the Chicago Atheneum as “one of Europe’s most important emerging architects”. This year 2019 the office has received numerous architecture and interior design awards for its work in the recently opened Can Bordoy hotel in Palma.

OHLAB is currently working in the design of different hospitality, residential and retail projects in Spain and abroad and has several projects presently under construction including one of the tallest Passivhaus certified residential buildings in Spain (Nearly Zero Energy Building), a 3,000 m2 residential project in a historical building from the XIII century in the old town of Palma, and several Passivhaus houses counting the already awarded Casa Xaloc, a house that will be the first Plus Energy building (generating more energy that the one it consumes) in Mallorca.

The office, directed by Paloma Hernaiz and Jaime Oliver, was originally established in Shanghai, moved to Madrid and currently its main office is in Palma de Mallorca where a team of 18 architects, interior designers and building engineers are working in a variety of projects.

OHLAB has received numerous awards for their work on design and sustainability, such as Best House of the Year Award in 2017 from Architectural Record, New York; Best Eco Design Award in 2017 from IED, Madrid; 3 Awards at the World Architecture Festival 2016, Berlin; Best Energy Efficiency Project Award from NAN in 2016; Best of the Year Awards, New York in 2016, 2014 and 2012, WIN Awards, London, in 2016, 2014 and 2012; Great Indoors Awards 2013 among many others. The office was also nominated for the Mies Van der Rohe Awards 2011.

Their work has been published extensively in specialized and general media such as Monocle, Wallpaper, Architectural Record, Interior Design, Arquitectura Viva, FRAME, AD, Diseño Interior, Vogue, Elle, El País Semanal, The New York Times or Financial Times among others.

Prior establishing their own office Paloma and Jaime gained 9 years of professional experience in New York, Shanghai and Beijing collaborating with prestigious architectural offices such as OMA / Rem Koolhaas. They received their diploma in Architecture from the ETSAM Madrid and ETSAB Barcelona respectively and they both hold a postgraduate degree in Advanced Architecture from Columbia University, New York.

Paloma Hernaiz and Jaime Oliver are currently and since 2015 design teachers at the Master in Design for Work, Retail and Learning environments from the IE School of Architecture, they were coordinating teachers at IED Design Degree in Madrid from 2011 to 2014, they taught at “La Gran Escala” Master from UPC in Barcelona and have been critics at different design juries at Princeton and Columbia University in New York and at Universidad Europea in Madrid. They have given lectures about their work in various institutions such as Universidad Politécnica de Catalunya, Universidad Europea de Madrid, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, WAF Berlin or DesignArt Tokyo.

Paloma Hernaiz es arquitecto por la ETSAM de Madrid y posgraduada con un Máster de Arquitectura en la Universidad de Columbia de Nueva York. Después de sus estudios realizó trabajos de investigación en los archivos históricos del “Royal Institute of British Architects” (RIBA) en Londres. Antes de establecer su oficina en Madrid adquirió 9 años de experiencia profesional en oficinas de arquitectura de distintos países donde tuvo la oportunidad de realizar proyectos de muy diferentes escalas y requerimientos. En Madrid colaboró con Estudio Lamela / Richard Rogers Partnership; en Nueva York trabajaba con la oficina G-tects donde colaboró con el despacho de Frank O. Gehry; en China trabajó en Shanghái y en Pekín con la oficina OMA / Rem Koolhaas.

Jaime Oliver es arquitecto por la ETSAB de Barcelona, donde se graduó con calificación de excelente en su Proyecto Final de Carrera. Cursó un año en el Institut Supérieur d’Architecture de la Communauté Française en Bruselas con una beca Erasmus y se posgraduó con un Máster de Arquitectura de la Universidad de Columbia de Nueva York tras obtener una beca de estudios de “la Caixa”. Antes de establecer su oficina en Madrid adquirió 9 años de experiencia profesional en oficinas de arquitectura de distintos países donde tuvo la oportunidad de realizar proyectos de muy diferentes escalas y requerimientos. En Nueva York, colaboró con la oficina DNA y con el estudio Hariri & Hariri; en China trabajó en Shanghái y en Pekín con la oficina OMA / Rem Koolhaas. Actualmente está realizando su tesis doctoral en la ETSAB de Barcelona (pretesis aprobada).

Paloma Hernaiz y Jaime Oliver son actualmente profesores de proyectos en el Master in Design for Work, Retail and Learning environments del IE School of Architecture en Londres y Madrid, han sido profesores de proyectos y coordinadores del IED de Madrid del 2011 al 2014, fueron profesores en el Máster de “La Gran Escala” de la UPC de Barcelona y críticos invitados en diferentes jurados de las universidades de Princeton y Columbia de Nueva York y de la Universidad Europea de Madrid. Han impartido conferencias sobre su trabajo en diferentes centros como la Universidad Politécnica de Catalunya, la Universidad Europea de Madrid o el museo Guggenheim de Bilbao.

Desde 2007 organizan las conferencias Pecha Kucha Madrid, un evento informal donde se reúnen creativos de diferentes disciplinas de esta ciudad.

Paloma Hernaiz / Director

Paloma Hernaiz

Jaime Oliver / Director


Jorge Ramon / Technical Architect, Project Manager

Jorge Ramón

Miguel Cantallops / Administration and finance

José Miguel Cantallops

Rebeca Lavín / Architect, Project Manager

Rebeca Lavín

Robin Harloff / Architect, Project Manager


Silvia Morais / Architect, Interior Designer

Silvia Morais

Damian Le Troter Serra/ Architect


Camila Ospina / Architect


Inma Carroquino / Architect, Passive House Designer


Maria Bruna Pisciotta/ Architect


Loreto Angulo/ Architect


Luis Quiles / Technical architect


Macarena García / Assistant Director


Jesús Rayo / Computer Engineer

Antiguos Colaboradores
Eusebiu Spac, Isabel Vives, Samuel Pickering, Elisabet Fàbrega, Claudio Tagarelli, Manuela Sánchez, Amaia Barazar, Tomislav Konjevod, Elina Oikonomaki, Katerina Kotsampasi,José Allona, William Korytko, Nikola Kozhuharov, Stela Dineva, Luzia Butnariu, Izabela Boron, Sandra Wereszka, Martina Tonini, Joana Aguilera, Rosa Fuentes, Amalia Stavropoulou, Mélina Régent, Yücel Dönmez, Romy Sayah, Alberto González-Garcés, Alex Martínez, Elena Sánchez, Beatriz Garbajosa, Rocío Bermúdez, James Hull, Justyna Turowska, Michal Romanski, Cesare Albergoni, Juan Manuel Aragonés, Ewa Mirska, Wojtek Mazan, Jonathan Cisneros, Martin González, Sara Paniagua, Elena Campos, Walter Brandt, Marina Esteban, Sergio Rivero de Cáceres, Marta Diego, Darío Arévalo, Inés Alomar, Nuria Codina, Iván Araujo, Michelle James, Ramiro Losada, Ana Pereira.