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 selected by Dezeen as one of the 6 best emerging interior design studios of 2018 and has been previously described by the Chicago Atheneum as “one of Europe’s most important emerging architects”.
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.
Paloma Hernaiz received her diploma in Architecture from the ETSAM in Madrid and Master of Science in Adv. Arch. Design degree from Columbia University in New York. Following her diploma she worked in the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in London pursuing historical research. Prior establishing her own office she gained 9 years of professional experience in architectural offices of different countries where she had the opportunity of pursuing projects of very different scales and requirements. In Madrid she collaborated with Estudio Lamela / Richard Rogers Partnership; in New York she was working with G-tects where she collaborated with the office of Frank O. Gehry; in China she worked in Shanghai and Beijing at the Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA).
Jaime Oliver received his diploma in Architecture from the ETSAB in Barcelona (Final Thesis with Honors) and Master of Science in Adv. Arch. Design degree from Columbia University in New York. He studied for a year at the Institut Supérieur d’Architecture CF in Brussels with an Erasmus Grant and he received “La Caixa” Scholarship awarding him a full grant to the Columbia University Postgraduate Program. Prior establishing his own office he gained 9 years of professional experience in architectural offices of different countries where he had the opportunity of pursuing projects of very different scales and requirements. In New York he collaborated with the offices of DNA and Hariri & Hariri; In China he worked in Shanghai and Beijing at the Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA). He is a PhD candidate at the ETSAB (DEA and pre-thesis approved).
Paloma Hernaiz and Jaime Oliver are currently design teachers at the Master in Design for Work, Retail and Learning environments from the IE School of Architecture in London and Madrid, 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, or Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. Their work has been published extensively worldwide in specialized and general media such as Architectural Record, Interior Design, Arquitectura Viva, FRAME, AD, Diseño Interior, Vogue, Elle, El Pais Semanal or The New York Times among others.
From 2007 they organize the lecture series Pecha Kucha Madrid bringing together creative people of different disciplines.