PROJECTS N3 Index Forum / Eva Franch


EVA FRANCH I GILABERT is an architect, researcher, and teacher, founder of OOAA (office of architectural affairs) and the Director of Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York, a nonprofit organization that through a program of exhibitions, projects, events and publications is committed to the advancement of innovative positions in architecture, art, design and the built environment.

Franch studied at TU Delft, at ETS Arquitectura Barcelona [UPC] where she received her Master in Architecture with Honors in 2003 and at Princeton University where she received the Suzanne Kolarik Underwood Design Prize and her M.Arch II degree in 2007. Franch received the La Caixa (2005-2007) full fellowship in residence for postgraduate studies, the Howard Crosby Butler Fellowship, the FAD prize for emerging architects , a Pasajes-iGuzzini prize, a Dragados Foundation prize and she has been a fellow at Schloss Solitude. Franch's work has been exhibited at the Center for Architecture in New York, Korean Institute of Architects in Daegu, FAD Barcelona, NAI Rotterdam, Shenzen Biennale of Architecture, SOA Princeton, COAR Rioja and ETSA Barcelona among others. Selected publications include "Terminal B. Barcelona Creative Database" (2008), "CityThemeCity" and "Content_A" in Pidgin (2006-7), "Dementia" in Postboks (2004), "Pause Pavillion" in Pasajes (2004), "Generative metaphors" in Sources of Architectural Form (2007), and "R.E.D. studies" in Imagined Spaces (2007). Recent publications include "Meeting Manual" in Network Learning (AA 2011) , "Architects, citizens of the World, DOUBT!" in Banham in Buffalo (ORO 2011) and "Critical Fun" in Pin UP magazine (2011).

Franch is a registered architect in Catalonia and holds an independent practice engaged in the production of architectural disruptions and possible futures. Her most recent work "Ecologies of Excess" can be found in AD (2010).

Franch has taught at the University of Buffalo as the Peter Reyner Banham Fellow [07-08] and at Rice University [08-10] as the Wortham Fellow acting as the Master Thesis Design Studio Director. Franch has taught the "Ecologies of Excess" and "Atmospheres of utopia" studios and the "Performing Representations", "Utopia as Doubt", "On Banality-On Metaphor" and "Syn-City: a political sensorium" theory seminars. Franch has been a visiting critic at Cooper Union, Columbia University, Cornell School of Architecture, MIT, Princeton, University of Virginia and Ohio State University among others. Franch has lectured in Kuwait, Norway, Mexico, Spain, Japan, Turkey, Greece and throughout the United States. Franch is currently the 2011 guest curator of the Think Space Program exploring Borders in four operative fields: Urban Borders, Geopolitical Borders, Ecological Borders and Moral Borders.

As of fall of 2010 Franch became the director of Storefront for Art and Architecture. Founded in 1982 Storefront is a nonprofit organization committed to the advancement of innovative positions in architecture, art and design through 5 different platforms: exhibitions, events, projects, competitions and publications. The program is intended to generate dialogue and collaboration across geographic, ideological and disciplinary boundaries. As a public forum for emerging voices, Storefront explores vital issues in art and architecture with the intent of increasing awareness of and interest in contemporary design. Current projects include the ongoing Storefront Series [Manifesto Series, Productive Disagreements, Total Enthusiasms, Cabaret Series, Interrogations Series], and the ongoing call for ideas in relation to the global Occupy Movement that invites artists, architects and citizens at large to submit "Strategies for Public Occupation" that might offer new and creative ideas for enabling acts of communication and action between the civil society and the structures of economic and political power. For more information please check