“I am not a humanitarian architect. I'm just an architect whose clients have less money”


We work and build for social groups which face inequality, humanitarian emergencies or problems with human rights and democracy; Chile, Spain, Denmark, Italy, Mozambique, India, Maldives, Egypt, Syria, Philippines, Haiti, among others, have been one of the countries where we have worked for.

Refugee camps in Syria, Sudan and Sry Lanka.

low cost schools in Chile and Haity.

Survival platform in Mozambique

Strategies for Soviet social housing

"This is not a Home" Copenhagen

Hamock skyscraper in India

Garbage city in Cairo...


Workshop 5x5


Most of 90% of the architects live in the richest countries of the world, or in the richest places or neighbourhoods if they live in poor countries.


Workshop 5x5 is an architectural concept (Chile 2006) which studies, at the same time, 5 humanitarian cases in 5 different cultures. This approach allows to the students a worldwide perspective of current problems in our planet.


We moved, in 2007, to The Royal Danish Academy of Copenhagen. Denmark gave us the strength and internationality that workshop 5x5 has today. This academic concept has been already performed in 4 continents; Asia, America, Europe and Africa.






Books & articles


80% of humanitarian emergencies are totally predictable and expectable.

Why architecture has no plan to face them?


We have published many articles, interviews and books about this topic; the relation between architecture & Human Rights..


Main books:

Architecture for Humanitarian

Emergencies 01, 02 & 03

Copenhagen 2011, 2012, 2013


Hacia una Arquitectura Cultural

Rome 2013


Exploring The Informal City

Copenhagen 2010


Dibujos Jorge Lobos

Rome 2013


Guide of architecture & Territory of Chiloé archipelago

Sevilla Spain 2006

News & research


2/3 of the world inhabitants have no link to professional architecture.

It means 4.400.000.000 people waiting for better life conditions.

How architects can say they have not job?


We try to give some academic answers to this huge paradox, through studying the relation between Architecture and Human Rights.

Seminaries, newspaper articles, research funds among other activities have been part of this work.


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