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 described by the Chicago Atheneum as “one of Europe’s most important and emerging young architects of 2014”.
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 10 architects and interior designers are working in projects in Mallorca, Madrid, New York, LA and Miami.
In 2014 OHLAB has been selected as one of “Europe 40 under 40” emerging young architects and designers by The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design. OHLAB has been the Winner of the 2014 Best of the Year Awards in New York, Winner of the WIN Awards 2014 in London, Winner of the Young Architects Award AJAC 2014-2013 in Barcelona, Winner of the Great Indoors Award 2013, Winner of WAN Awards 2012, awarded with special mention at the 2013 A+ Architizer Awards, selected as Finalist for the INTERIOR DESIGN 2012 Best of the Year Awards in New York City, nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award 2011 (European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture) and catalogued for the Arquia Próxima 2010/2011 prize (Fundación Caja de Arquitectos).
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.