carles sala architect on time


Carles Sala was born in Barcelona in 1980 and graduated with Honours in Architecture at the Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona (ETSAB / UPC) in 2008. He was awarded with a Scholarship from “La Caixa” Foundation together with the British Council in 2011, and became Master in Architecture and Urbanism from AADRL (Design Research Laboratory) at the AA School of Architecture (Architectural Association) in London where he did research on digital architecture oriented into fabrication, through kinematics and prosthetic architectural design.


His education has been strengthened by academic exchange programs in other Univerisities such as the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid (ETSAB / UPM) in Spain, University of Applied Sciences Aargau (FHA) in Switzerland and the Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture (Crown Hall / IIT) in USA.


He stands out for his own project experience and work, such as ‘Spring in Pantone 375 C / MAS RODÓ Winery’ in Penedès, which got a Honourable Mention in the second edition of the national awards Vivir con Madera by ArquinFAD, the residential research ‘THE PLUG INN, dorm in IIT’ which received the First Prize at the International ACXT IDOM Awards or his audiovisual piece ‘ON TIME’ about Chicago, which achieved the First Prize in the International Architectural Festival EME3 Collapse at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB).


His work has been widely published by architectural magazines such as ‘AV Proyectos’, ‘On Diseño’, ‘Quaderns d’Arquitectura i Urbanisme’, ‘Fundación Arquia Próxima’, ‘ARCHIPRIX, The World’s Best Graduation Projects 2010’ by 010 Publishers or 'RESTART' edited by Hans Ibelings; as well as his work has been exhibited worldwide at the MIT (Massachussets Institute of Technology) in USA, AA School (Architectural Association) in United Kingdom, III muestra de PFC in the X Bienal Española de Arquitectura y Urbanismo in Spain, Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid in Spain, COAC (Col.legi Oficial d’Arquitectes de Catalunya) in Spain, FAD (Foment de les Arts i del Disseny) de Barcelona in Spain or CCCB (Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona) in Spain.


Along with Katharina Wild and Daniel Monheim, they created THE WILD SALMON, a team of architects with a social perspective that conducts research and works to democratise design. They have exhibited their design ‘TOXIC’, a lightning stool, at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB) as well as they have been acknowledged by FAD (Foment de les Arts i el Disseny) in their programme 'Professionals en Incubació', where they presented the art installation ‘THING’.


In 2008, in association with his colleague Relja Ferusic, they founded the studio of architecture SALA FERUSIC, where he is currently developing his professional career as an architect. One of their latest work ‘menos da una piedra’, the winery Lagravera in Alfarràs, Spain, has obtained the First Prize at the ‘3M 2010’ Awards, whereas Lagravera warehouse has been awarded with the Sustainable Architecture Prize at the BASF Awards, both held by the Col.legi Oficial d’Arquitectes de Catalunya (COAC). They have also taken part in many national and international competitions and have been acknowledged with a Second Prize for ‘L’H2O’, the Square El Repartidor in l’Hospitalet, Spain, and with a Honourable Mention for ‘Emotivne Topografije’, the Srebrenica Memorial Museum, in Bosnia and Herzegovina.


On an academic level, he directs and teaches at the AA Barcelona Visiting School, he runs a Unit at the Vertical Studio at the Welsh School of Architecture and he has lead a unit at the AA Tehran Visiting School. Besides, he has lectured at the AA School of Architecture, ETSAB Barcelona, La Salle Arquitectura Barcelona, Universitat de Barcelona, ETSAM Madrid o ETAG Alcalá de Henares and he has been invited in several international juries such as at the AA School of Architecture or the Bartlett UCL.