For more than 30 years, American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) has been at the forefront of international wood promotion in Europe, successfully building a distinctive and creative brand for American hardwoods. AHEC has created creative design projects such as Legacy, The Smile and MultiPly for international platforms such as the London Design Festival, the Milano Design Week or the Madrid Design Festival, to show the great potential of this sustainable raw material and provide valuable examples of inspiration.
AHEC has pioneered Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) modeling for hardwood, an approach that has since been adopted by other industries. LCA measures a number of impacts: primary energy demand (from renewable and non-renewable resources), potential global warming, potential acidification, potential eutrophication, and potential creation of photochemical ozone.
Benedetta Tagliabue is the director and head architect of the international firm Benedetta Tagliabue - EMBT Architects (formerly Miralles Tagliabue EMBT) founded in Barcelona with Enric Miralles in 1994, with offices in Shanghai and Paris.
Among her most notable works are the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, the Santa Caterina Market, the headquarters of Gas Natural Fenosa and the Diagonal Mar Park in Barcelona, and the Spanish Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, winner of the prestigious RIBA Best International Building 2011 Award.
Current studio projects include the Business School of Fudan University in Shanghai, an office tower in Taichung, the public spaces of HafenCity in Hamburg, the Clichy-Montfermeil metro station in Paris (1st prize in competition), and the Naples Underground Central Stations, among others.
In 2019, she inaugurated the Kálida Sant Pau Centre in Barcelona, as part of the international network of Maggie’s Centres, within the grounds of the modernist Hospital Sant Pau. And following the 1st prize in competition in 2011, the studio recently completed the church and parish complex of ‘San Giacomo Apostolo’ in Ferrara, Italy.
Tagliabue has also been a visiting professor at Harvard University, Columbia University and Barcelona ETSAB, lecturing regularly at architecture forums and universities, and is part of juries around the world such as the Princesa de Asturias awards and the Pritzker Architecture Prize (since 2014). Her work received the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2005, the National Spanish Prize in 2006, the Catalan National prize in 2002, City of Barcelona prize in 2005 and 2009, FAD prizes in 2000, 2003 and 2007.
She is also the president of Fundació Enric Miralles, whose aim is to promote experimental architecture in the spirit of her late husband and partner Enric Miralles.
Fundació Enric Miralles, referring to the way of doing and thinking of Enric Miralles, is a center for the experimentation on contemporary architecture and other artistic disciplines and is conceived as a platform for the promotion of knowledge.
The foundation safekeeps a rich archive with various original works of Enric Miralles, but also is an open space in which Enric’s works can keep on inspiring new generations of architects, who can experiment and explore by taking part in internships, workshops and international exchanges.
Architects and students are invited to participate in residence programs and international exchanges at the foundation. In this space are also organised exhibitions, workshops, lectures and conferences.
AE Maderas is a leading company in the wood sector as importers and distributors of wood, boards, floors, machining and derivatives, with more than 50 years of experience in the market.
For more than a decade, AE Maderas has belonged to the Onesta group of companies and is currently one of the benchmarks in the sector in Spain: modern, professional and adapted to the new needs of the market, and with a long family tradition.
With offices in five geographical locations: Montilla (Córdoba), Yecla (Murcia), Moraleja de Enmedio (Madrid), Calatayud (Zaragoza) and Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Canary Islands), it currently has a team made up of more than 50 people and a storage area of more than 50,000 square meters.
La Navarra carpentry was founded in 1941 and merged with Tallar in 1994. The company carries out specialised and diverse carpentry and joinery works from their workshop in Madrid, Spain, which is home to an expert team and facilities.
La Navarra Tallar offers services that range from the development of projects and the realisation of prototypes, to the manufacture and assembly of all products. They work with collaborators to assist with metalwork, upholstery, glasswork and locksmithing.
Over the years, La Navarra Tallar have worked with renowned architects and designers in Spain and internationally.