Javier Fernandez Contreras

Javier Fernández Contreras (1982) is an architect and an associate professor at HEAD – Genève, where he heads the Department of Interior Architecture. Contreras studied architecture at the University of Technology of Delft and at the School of Architecture of Madrid – ETSAM (MA, 2006; PhD, 2013). In 2015 he was a finalist in the 10th arquia/tesis competition with his doctoral thesis, The Miralles Projection: Thinking and Representation in Architecture by Enric Miralles. He has taught architectural design at various institutions, such as ETSAM in Spain, XJTLU in China and ETH Zurich in Switzerland. Contreras is the author of the books Fragmentos de Planta y Espacio (Ediciones Asimétricas, 2018), The Miralles Projection (Applied Research + Design Publishing, 2020), and Manifest of Interiors: Thinking in the Expanded Media (HEAD – Publishing, 2021). His critical essays have been published, among others, in Massilia Annuaire des Études Corbuséennes, Marie-José Van Hee Architecten, Perspectives in Metropolitan Research, 306090, CIRCO, Drawing Matter, RADDAR. With HEAD – Genève, recent distinctions include an invitation to the 2021 Seoul Architecture Biennale for the Circa Diem project (in collaboration with EPFL), the Brands and Communication Red Dot Award 2020 and the Innovation Frame Award 2020 for the Space Duality project, as well as a Design Prize Switzerland 2019 nomination for the #Looslab project. In 2019 he curated the exhibition Scènes de Nuit at f'ar Lausanne (in collaboration with Youri Kravchenko, Manon Portera and the students of the BA in Interior Architecture at HEAD – Genève).
Javier Fernández Contreras is the director of the research project Scènes de Nuit.