Javier Peña — Ibáñez (1985, Logroño), an architect with a studio in Madrid, is a curator, researcher, teacher and consultant in architecture, design and the city. He is the Director of Concéntrico, the Logroño International Festival of Design and Architecture, and focuses on the management, curation and dissemination of cultural projects.
Architect trained at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid, Universidad Politécnica, he has directed Concéntrico since 2015, Logroño’s International Architecture and Design Festival, and co-directs the Lovisual cycle, programmes promoted by Javier that combine the execution of other projects in the context of architecture and the city: Direction of the documentary Punto de Inflexión for the Arquia Foundation in 2020; leading the round tables on the Law on Architecture and Quality of the Built Environment PECA of the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and the Urban Agenda in 2020; the urban curatorship of the Biennial La Forêt Monumentale for the Métropole Rouen Normandie – France – in 2019; Experimenta Pontevedra, Urban Design Festival organised with the Pontevedra City Council in 2018; Prácticas Relevantes; VI arquia/proxima Festival coordinated with the Arquia Foundation in 2018; or the architecture programme at the Maia Biennial of Contemporary Art – Portugal – in 2019.
Javier currently teaches at the Universidad Francisco de Vitoria, an area he has also developed at the Istituto Europeo di Design and DMAD, as well as a guest lecturer at other centres: IESP Faculdades (Brazil), Cornell University College of Architecture, Art, and Planning (Rome), Architectural Association School of Architecture (London). He has taken part as a jury member in the Barcelona Building Construmat Awards curated by the Mies van der Rohe Foundation and the COAM Architecture Week in Madrid; he has given speeches at the QUAM WIKpolis Forum (Vic-Barcelona), the Inclusive Urbanism Seminar (Vitoria-Gasteiz), the Urbanbat Festival (Bilbao) and the Oviedo School of Arts (6th Interior Design Conference).
He has collaborated with: Concello de Pontevedra, Fundación Arquia, Ayuntamiento de Logroño, Gobierno de La Rioja, Fundación Cultural de los Arquitectos de La Rioja, CentroCentro Cibeles, La Casa Encendida, Matadero Madrid, Casa del Lector, Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid, Canal 180, Garnica, Bodegas LAN, Acción Cultural Española, Goethe Institut, Centro Checo de Madrid, Institut français, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Instituto Iberoamericano de Finlandia, Escuela Superior de Diseño de La Rioja, Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de la Universidad del País Vasco, Hermandad Nacional de Arquitectos, AA Architectural Association School of Architecture, Istituto Europeo di Design, IESP Faculdades; y otros medios asociados como e-flux, Arquitectura Viva, El Croquis, Plataforma Arquitectura, Disup!, Experimenta, Arquitectura & Diseño.