Menu

Landscape architect | Urban designer | Architect

  • Magalí Sanz Casas
  • Portfolio

Professional sphere

I am an urban planner and an architect with a special interest in designing urban spaces through a process that involves the community. This factor has led me to work in both urban planning and architecture as well as in the field of education and community participation.

Throughout my different jobs, I have become familiar with the process and development of a project from beginning to end. I also have acquired a strong sense of responsibility, and I have learned to work both independently and as a part of cross-disciplinary working teams.

 Curriculum Vitae       Portfolio

Skills

  • Conceptualize, implement and evaluate different types of projects.
  • Coordinate projects and organize work groups.
  • Transmit knowledge to a wide range of audiences.
  • Work with transversal and interdisciplinary groups.
  • Work in a responsible and self-sufficient way.
  • Efficient conflict resolution.
  • Documentation studies and research.
  • Concept abstraction for optimal results.
  • Good interpretation and analysis to determine appropriate objectives and strategies.
  • Computer fluency in CAD, graphic design and office software.
  • Fluent in English, Spanish and Catalan.

Portfolio

My professional and personal trajectory has brought me to specialize in four different areas:

To try new ways to integrate public space in the city so as to improve social relations.

To execute, complete and achieve more sustainable projects at different scales.

To promote the interaction between the different agents that create a territory.

To bring the city closer to the people and give them the tools to transform it.

Educational service
"El Born Centre Cultural"

Fragment Serveis Culturals


  • Centre Cultural del Born
  • Centre Cultural del Born
  • Centre Cultural del Born
  • Centre Cultural del Born
  • Centre Cultural del Born

I have created the lesson plans for a variety of different educational activities such as 'El Mercat del Born' or 'Una Ciutat que mirava cap al Futur' (A City that looked to the Future) with the goal to foment modern architecture of the 19th century.

I have also guided visits for adults and managed workshops for children and teenagers at the Born archeological site and the exhibitions in the Cultural Center in order to explain the urban structure of the city in the 18th century based on the social, historical and economic situation of the moment.


ABOUT FRAGMENT SERVEIS CULTURALS
I have worked for three years for Fragments Serveis Culturals, a company that promotes the identification, understanding and value of historical heritage through the creation and implementation of educational and cultural projects.


Competition for a Mosque in Reykjavik

Arkspai 2G


  • Magalí Sanz
  • Magalí Sanz
  • Magalí Sanz
  • Magalí Sanz
  • Magalí Sanz
  • Magalí Sanz
  • Magalí Sanz
  • Magalí Sanz
  • Magalí Sanz

I have collaborated in the presentation of the design of a mosque in Reykjavik. Of the sixty-three entries we have placed twenty-sixth.

The building we have proposed consisted of long strips of space that organized the different activities requested in the program; private religious space, space for cultural activities and administration space.

The roof plan of the building had a sequence of terraces that rose up to the final point, the minaret. The project included a large wall that extended out from the building and gave the structure an identity within its environment.

ABOUT ARKSPAI 2G
Arkspai 2G is a Barcelona firm that specializes in interiors and exteriors at various sizes. Influenced by Nordic architecture they concentrate on the relationship between interior and exterior spaces, the use of light and sustainable materials.

Book "Barcelone,
la ville des marchés"

Associació cultural El Globus Vermell

  • Barcelona, la ciudad de los mercados
  • Barcelona, la ciudad de los mercados
  • Barcelona, la ciudad de los mercados
  • Barcelona, la ciudad de los mercados
  • Barcelona, la ciudad de los mercados

I have participated in the making of the book Barcelone, la Ville des Marchés. I have worked on the initial research documentation, writing the text and doing some of the illustrations. The book portrays the city from the nineteenth century until the present, and focuses on urbanism, its architecture and history as well as its society.


ABOUT EL GLOBUS VERMELL
I have been a part of El Globus Vermell for two years; a collective of architects that promote knowledge of architecture and the city, with the goal to form a public that is both critical and demanding of high standards towards urban areas and can have a principal role in the building of the city. I have accomplished this through workshops, guided tours, urban itineraries, publications, exhibitions, etc.

Rehabilitation of
Farnat Gracia Store

  • Farnat Gràcia
  • Farnat Gràcia
  • Farnat Gràcia

Farnat Gràcia is a store that sells organic products. In 2013 the owners wanted to change the distribution of the store to reduce the commercial space in order to add a small consultation space. The client also requested a change in lighting and interior design.

I have done the schematic design and the working drawings for the modifications, creating a new distribution, a new lighting proposal and a new furniture concept based on recycled material.

I subsequently have supervised the construction and I have, since now, contributed to the maintenance of the space.

New headquarters for
Mafer Real Estate Holdings

Arkspai 2G


  • Magalí Sanz
  • Magalí Sanz
  • Magalí Sanz
  • Magalí Sanz
  • Magalí Sanz
  • Magalí Sanz
  • Magalí Sanz
  • Magalí Sanz
  • Magalí Sanz
  • Magalí Sanz
  • Magalí Sanz
  • Magalí Sanz
  • Magalí Sanz
  • Magalí Sanz
  • Magalí Sanz
  • Magalí Sanz
  • Magalí Sanz

The design of the headquarters for Mafer has been the most important project I have worked on while at the offices. The project has consisted of the rehabilitation and adaptation of a historic apartment of the Eixample neighborhood into an office space.

I have documented the existing apartment and collaborated in the schematic design as well as the production of the working drawings, including the pavements, lighting and resolution of construction details.

ABOUT ARKSPAI 2G
Arkspai 2G is a Barcelona firm that specializes in interiors and exteriors at various sizes. Influenced by Nordic architecture they concentrate on the relationship between interior and exterior spaces, the use of light and sustainable materials.

RE-Make Paral·lel

Associació cultural El Globus Vermell


  • Fem Paral·lel
  • Fem Paral·lel
  • Fem Paral·lel

RE-Make Paral·lel is a participatory activity that we have prepared. The goal has been to promote the cultural richness of Paral·lel Avenue, explain the new urban project planned by the city hall to change the street and allow the citizens to share their vision of how to improve the avenue.

Since participation is one of the areas that I am most interested in, I have formed part of the group that has created this participatory activity. For the workshop we have done small models (A4) of the Paral-lel Avenue with some of its most important buildings. On this base, people have introduced different textures and urban elements. In the end, we have joined all of the models creating the Avenue that everyone envisioned.


ABOUT EL GLOBUS VERMELL
I have been a part of El Globus Vermell for two years; a collective of architects that promote knowledge of architecture and the city, with the goal to form a public that is both critical and demanding of high standards towards urban areas and can have a principal role in the building of the city. I have accomplished this through workshops, guided tours, urban itineraries, publications, exhibitions, etc.

Interactions, collective practices in urban space

Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura and Escola de Belles Arts


  • Interaccions
  • Interaccions
  • Interaccions
  • Interaccions
  • Interaccions
  • Interaccions
  • Interaccions
  • Interaccions
  • Interaccions
  • Interaccions

"Interactions" has been a workshop intended for students of architecture and the fine arts. The objective of the workshop has been to work collectively between these two disciplines (exchanging useful working methodologies and critical visions) to create different urban interventions around Barcelona that could transform the city and the social relations coming from these spaces.

The site of our proposal has been Navàs Square in Poble Sec neighborhood, Barcelona. A square that always has been used as a connecting space with a clear lack of furniture elements which doesn't promote the interaction between neighbors and a complete absence of shops along its perimeter. Having done this analysis we have decided to introduce new furniture elements for one day; a total of 30 adjustable red chairs to break away from the pre-established dynamics of the square thus improving relationships between neighbors.

Educational Service
in the Design Museum

Fragment Serveis Culturals


  • Museu del Disseny
  • Museu del Disseny
  • Museu del Disseny
  • Museu del Disseny

I have led guided tours and workshops for schools at the exhibition 'Del Món al Museu. Disseny de Producte, Patrimoni Cultural' (From the World to the Museum: Product Design and Cultural Heritage) in order to observe how objects are designed to respond to determined functions and needs.


ABOUT FRAGMENT SERVEIS CULTURALS
I have worked for three years for Fragments Serveis Culturals, a company that promotes the identification, understanding and value of historical heritage through the creation and implementation of educational and cultural projects.


Park (ing) 1:50

Associació cultural El Globus Vermell



We have done a urban intervention in conjunction with the Park (ing) day Barcelona 2014, an international annual event that claims a greener city, with more biodiversity, with more quality public space, less pollution and committed to more sustainable public transportation.

In a street paid parking, we have drawn a miniature parking lot highlighted with the question "What would you do?" In order to invite people to propose their own ideas for alternative uses for parking lots.


ABOUT EL GLOBUS VERMELL
I have been a part of El Globus Vermell for two years; a collective of architects that promote knowledge of architecture and the city, with the goal to form a public that is both critical and demanding of high standards towards urban areas and can have a principal role in the building of the city. I have accomplished this through workshops, guided tours, urban itineraries, publications, exhibitions, etc.

ECOREHAB 3,
Revising Modern Urbanity

International Workshop


  • ECOREHAB 3
  • ECOREHAB 3
  • ECOREHAB 3
  • ECOREHAB 3
  • ECOREHAB 3
  • ECOREHAB 3
  • ECOREHAB 3

ECOREHAP 3 is a workshop that has taken place in Cracow, in collaboration with architecture universities from Barcelona, Cracow, Warsaw, Frankfurt and Bucharest. The goal of the workshop has been to look for strategies to re-inhabit different mass housing areas that were built between 1945 and 1965 all around Europe.

We have focused on a communist housing project, Nowa Hutta, built next to the city of Cracow. It has always been a residential neighborhood surrounded by Cracow’s main highways and cutoff by a landing strip. We have been in Cracow for fifteen days with groups made up of students from the different universities in which we have proposed improvement plans for the neighborhood.

As a point of departure, our group has decided to look at the housing design from the point of view of the urban public space. So, the first thing we have done is to establish a hierarchy of main traffic roads to cross the neighborhood and a network of secondary streets to access the housing blocks. Secondly we have organized the public spaces, distinguishing the green and leisure spaces for all the neighbors from the private green spaces that create a buffer zone between the houses and the streets. Finally we have proposed to build new community infrastructure so as to promote community activities and transform the empty space created by the landing strip.

The different proposals have been incorporated later in the book ECOREHAB 3, Future of the City.


Addition to a single-family house

DRAU arquitectes


  • DRAU arquitectes
  • DRAU arquitectes
  • DRAU arquitectes
  • DRAU arquitectes
  • DRAU arquitectes

During my stay at this office I have completed a project for the addition of a story to a one floor single-family house in Cambrils. I have completed the schematic design phase as well as the construction documents.

ABOUT DRAU ARQUITECTES
DRAU arquitectes is a firm that specializes in the comprehensive development of architectural projects; beginning with a concept that responds to the surrounding city elements and the landscape, to the construction. All their work seeks to widen the parameters of what is considered sustainable with respect to the existing environment.


Rehabilitation of two apartment buildings in Rambla Catalunya

Lluís Comerón Arquitectes


  • Lluís Comerón Arquitectes
  • Lluís Comerón Arquitectes
  • Lluís Comerón Arquitectes
  • Lluís Comerón Arquitectes
  • Lluís Comerón Arquitectes
  • Lluís Comerón Arquitectes

I have completed the schematic design and the working drawings for the rehabilitation of two apartment buildings on Rambla Catalunya 107-109. The program has called for the unification of two buildings in order to make larger luxury apartments. In addition, I have designed the restoration of the entire building while maintaining the two facades, which are protected by the historical preservation committee of Barcelona.

ABOUT LLUÍS COMERÓN ARQUITECTES
Lluís Comerón Architects is a firm from Sant Cugat del Vallès that does rehabilitation as well as new projects. All projects are as sustainable as possible and respectful of their environment.


Participatory process in Barcelona

Raons Públiques SCCL


  • Raons Públiques
  • Raons Públiques
  • Raons Públiques
  • Raons Públiques
  • Raons Públiques

The PAM (Municipal Plan of Action) is a program done by the City Council at the beginning of each term where priorities, objectives, and government actions are defined. In 2016 the goal has been to begin a participative process so that the citizens of Barcelona can communally define their city (public space, urban furnishing, facilities, green areas...).

I have collaborated with Raons Públiques to carry out the PAM. I have facilitated several participatory workshops, I have led different debates and activities on the streets and I have also worked as a community educator providing information about the program in the districts.

ABOUT RAONS PÚBLIQUES
Raons Publiques is a cooperative organization whose goal is to create a new city model starting with the participation of Barcelona's citizens. They have been responsible for developing the participative process of the PAM in Gracia’s neighborhood, in which I have collaborated.


Renders for a house
in Cornellà de Llobregat

Freelance


  • Magalí Sanz
  • Magalí Sanz
  • Magalí Sanz

I have collaborated on doing the graphic documentation of a project carried out by the architect Carlota Sanz. Specifically, I have done the renders and final images of the intervention.

The project has consisted on the construction of a new semi-detached family house in the city of Cornellà del Valles.


DESIGN OF A NEW GLOBUS HYPERMARKET

C CONCEPT DESIGN


  • Magalí Sanz
  • Magalí Sanz
  • Magalí Sanz
  • Magalí Sanz
  • Magalí Sanz

I have collaborated in the schematic design and the drawings for the construction of a new Globus hypermarket in Russia. Specifically, I have worked on the design of the shopping passageway.

This passageway is conceived as a comfortable walking area that crosses the building from side to side. Along the passageway you can find different kind of shops and also two big open areas with a food court and a restaurant. To reinforce the idea of creating a pleasant promenade, an exhibition with the history and some old photos of Globus hypermarkets, will be installed along all the passageway above the shop.

ABOUT C CONCEPT DESIGN
C Concept Design is an internationally oriented design practice with architects, urban designers, and interior designers from several countries. This firm focuses on providing urban and architectural visions from the concept phase through programming and design development.

About me

team_member

Magalí Sanz

Landscape architect | Urban designer
Architect

Born in Barcelona.

Since I was little I have been described as a very active and creative person with a huge initiative. This is what has brought me to work and participate in interdisciplinary and transversal projects.

Early in life I introduced myself to non-formal education. Since I was six I was part of the Catalan Scouts AE Pere Rosello, in which I later became an educator. It is thanks to this experience that I realized the importance of transmitting knowledge.

Concurrently to my passion for education and delving deep into the field of creativity, I decided to study architecture, even though I veered towards urbanism from the very beginning, because I consider it to be the most social part of architecture.

I understand urbanism as a fundamental instrument for social transformation because it directly affects people and the relationships they form with each other. For this reason it is important for us, as professionals, to give citizens the tools to participate actively in urban transformation. At the same time we have to work to change the way we think, design, and finance interventions inside cities to create a more human, sustainable, and respectful urban fabric.


Contact

 

Amsterdam

+31 641 896 665