Manuel Collado Arpia and Nacho Martín Asunción are founders of Mi5 Architects an office based between London and Madrid . They have won and built several competitions and their work has been recognized, awarded and published in a wide range of media such as Dezeen, Archdaily, Icon, Mark or El País.
Since 2003, they have taught at various institutions as: the Architectural Polytechnic Universities, UAH Madrid, UA Alicante and UCJC Madrid, the Architectural Association Summer School, and Fashion Design at IED Madrid, in addition to having participated in several juries, lectures and exhibitions such as Venice Biennale, RIBA London, IVAM Valencia amongst others. Currently they are Architectural Association Int.11 Unit Masters.
MI5´s profile was conceived since the turn of the century as a suggestive and innovative practice midway between construction and research.
Our work focuses on the search for alternative and not very explored public management strategies, exploiting fantasy as a powerful, dynamic motor of social processes.
Interested in participating in the construction of the signs of our era, we conceive our projects as the erection of identities of collective recognition, capable of redefining and strengthening the geographical and human territory where they stand.
We work with the efficiency of our projects´ communication strategies as a proposal which will intensify their social viability. Our work method is supported by proactive policies, with very personalized relationship protocols for each user and his environment.
One of the missions of the projects, conferences, essays and teaching undertaken by the studio during the last years, has been rethinking concepts such as Public, Youth, Outskirts, Fashion, Technology.Visit Website