nicolau architecture


The atelier aims to produce high-quality works that will meet all clients requirements whilst striving for a sustainable future.


Alberto Nicolau

He is an architect (1995) and holds a PhD in architecture (2016) from the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid.

He began his professional career in London, working in Norman Foster’s studio for two years. He then returned to Madrid to join Rafael Moneo’s studio, where he spent five years participating in large-scale and complex projects such as the Los Angeles Cathedral in the USA. In 2002 he founded his own studio in Madrid with the aim of producing unique works of the highest quality.

Winner of several national and international architectural competitions, his work has been widely published in numerous professional magazines in Spain and abroad. His work has also been selected to participate in several exhibitions in Spain, Germany, Holland, Switzerland and Italy, such as the Spanish pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2002. Among his most notable works are the Suburban Loop project for Almere, the Youth Housing in Seville and the Spuimarkt housing in The Hague. His public work, Swimming Pool in Valdemoro, received the Aplus award for the best sports architecture in 2010.

In parallel to this activity, since 2002 he has been a professor of Architectural Projects at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid, where he combines his teaching activity with his research work. After having taught at all levels of projects, he has focused especially in the higher courses, in the direction of Final Degree Projects and in the Enabling Master, always looking for his students to achieve excellence.

Very interested in project generation processes, he is the author of a doctoral thesis on the use of concepts as a creative tool. This research analyzes three essential strategies for producing project ideas and shows how the best contemporary architects apply them in their professional work.


Sara Sánchez

Architect in 2019 by the Higher Polytechnic School of Architecture of Madrid. Master in Architecture 2020 ETSAM with Honors. She got third prize  in 16º contest Cátedra Blanca F.J.S. Oíza in 2018. Her projects, both master’s and bachelor’s degrees, have been publicated in books like “TTT Reyes Católicos”, “Mádrid-Nueva York” and “Exorcity. Monumental Oporto”. Very interested in art, she combines architecture with the creation of pictorial artwork.


Jorge Martín

Architect in 2020 by the Higher Polytechnic School of Madrid. Master in Architecture 2021. He studied for a year at the Cracow University of Technology thanks to an exchange scholarship. Interested in the application of architecture in other disciplines, as some of his university projects show. He stands out in the field of architectural graphic design.