José Aragüez Architects is a practice for architecture and urbanism based in New York, Paris, and Málaga. Our projects span a range of different scales and locations, from a subtly crafted, traveling pavilion, to mid-size buildings in Switzerland, Denmark, and Turkey, to master plans in Germany and Spain.

We seek to engage in creative conversations with clients, agencies, and institutions to produce unique spatial experiences, envision new programs, and re-imagine contextual relationships. The studio is proud to collaborate with a diverse variety of highly qualified professionals featuring backgrounds in art, engineering, real estate, and humanities, in addition to architecture.


José Aragüez Architects also comprises a research platform operating in the field of discourse. By way of writings, teaching, and lectures, the studio generates various modalities of thinking through which it addresses questions central to the built environment as well as domains beyond.

José Aragüez, PhD is a licensed practicing architect, writer, and educator. He teaches at UPenn, having previously led graduate studios and seminars at Columbia University between 2013-2020 and held the prestigious 2020-21 H. Deane Pearce Endowed Chair at Texas Tech. Aragüez obtained a Ph.D. in the History and Theory of Architecture from Princeton University. Earlier he graduated with a Master of Architecture and Urbanism from University of Granada, Spain (Honorable Mention, University Graduation Extraordinary Prize, and 1st National Prize in Architecture) and, from Columbia GSAPP, with a post-professional Master’s degree (Honor Prize for Excellence in Design) and a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Architectural Research. Aragüez has lectured extensively across Europe and North America—including most of the top schools—in addition to the Middle East and Japan. Besides UPenn, Columbia, and Texas Tech, he has taught at Cornell, Princeton, Rice University in Paris, and University of Granada. His recent six-year project (2014-2019), involving the publication of The Building (Lars Müller Publishers, 2016), is widely regarded in international circles as one of the most significant contributions to architectural discourse in the decade of the 2010s. His writings have also appeared in e-flux, LOBBY, Flat Out, European Architecture History Network Proceedings, Pidgin, and The Routledge Companion to Criticality in Art, Architecture and Design (Routledge, 2018). More are forthcoming with MIT Press, Fondazione MAXXI, and Actar in 2022 and 2023. In the past, Aragüez worked as an architect for Antonio J. Torrecillas (Spain), MVRDV (Rotterdam), and Idom/ACXT (London).


Present & past collaborators:

Marcela Aragüez

Gonzalo Carretero

Esteban de Backer

Daniel Galindo

Ivy Hume

Lihan Jin

Kayla Manning

José Javier Martín

Javier Mosquera

Pablo Navas

Miguel Ángel Ramos