José Selgas and Lucía Cano established selgascano in Madrid, Spain, in 1998. Both born in Madrid in 1965, Selgas and Cano studied Architecture at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid and graduated in 1992. Selgas worked with Francesco Venecia in Naples, winning the Rome Prize from the Academia Española de Bellas Artes de Roma in 1997-1998. Cano worked with renowned Spanish architect Julio Cano Lasso and was a member of the studio until 2001.
selgascano studio has completed the majority of its buildings in Spain through a diverse range of commissions, including Silicon House, Madrid (2007); Office in the Woods, Madrid (2009); El ‘B’. Cartagena Auditorium and Congress Centre, Cartagena (2011); and Mérida Factory, Mérida (2011). In 2014 the architects’ completed the complete refurbishment of Second Home, London (2015) and current projects include Plasencia Auditorium and Congress Centre, Cáceres; ‘Pip’ House, Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles; the renovation of Texas Square in Oranjestad, Aruba; and ‘La Canaria’ House, Mount Washington, Los Angeles. selgascano’s work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; GA Gallery and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; Design Museum, London; Akademie der Kunste, Berlin; Tin Sheds Gallery, Sydney; and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston. The architects were chosen for the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2010, curated by Japanese architect Kazuyo Sejima of SANAA, architects of the Serpentine’s 2009 Pavilion, and again for the Spanish Pavilion 2012, as part of SpainLab, an exhibition which brought together the work of seven Spanish architects. In 2013 they won the Kunstpreis (Art prize) awarded by the Akademie der Kunste, Berlin and were pronounced 'Architects of the Year' by the German Design Council.