Javier Monivas

Javier Monivas

New York, NY, US



Javier Moñivas is a young architect and engineer with experience in all the different scales of architecture and construction, from urban planning down to construction details. 

He studied construction engineering in his hometown Madrid and followed on with a scholarship to finish his studies in Denmark (E.U.) at the Horsens Teknisk Skole. During all this time he combined his academic career with professional experience as a site manager in housing projects. 

After finishing his first degree he moved on to study architecture in Barcelona at Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya. Again he mixed studying with work at GRND82 architecture studio. Being part of this office he won several competitions multi residential and public buildings. He finished his degree at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid where he collaborated in the Research Group in Architecture, Urbanism and Sustainability of this University, work that included a collaboration with the UN-Habitat organization, during three years publishing several works. Javier has also taught courses on sustainability in new construction and rehabilitation projects.

Over the past three years he has developed his career in Panama. First he was doing consulting work for the Embassy of Spain in this country and collaborations for EnSitu until undertook long with ELPATIO architects, an architectural firm characterized by its high standard.


B27 architecture, Madrid, ES, Founder

I decided to take the step of creating an independent firm with the aim to translate our vision of architecture as a tool to achieve a good design to everyday life .

We have performed or we are developing renovation and new construction works in Panama and Spain.

Oct 2014 - current

EL PATIO arquitectos, Panamá, PA, Architect

My main role was designer, though I also collaborated in the development of construction documents nd in the construction supervision.

In this office I have the chance to work in high standard projects, so, I can design from the conceptual part of the project to the smallest details.

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Oct 2011 - May 2014

Ensitu, Panamá, PA, Architect

I had the opportunity to collaborate, in the International competition for the construction of Fundecor Headquarters in Costa Rica (an NGO for the protection and development of forests). Thus, sustainability was a key part in this project.

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Aug 2011 - Sep 2011

Spanish cooperation agency. (AECID), Madrid, ES & Panama, PA , Consultant

I searched in the Archive of the Foreign Affairs Ministry and the General Archive of the Administration in
order to document the history and construction of the "Palace of Spain," current headquarters of the Embassy of Spain in Panama.
Once I compiled this information, I worked for two weeks in Panama developing documentation for the renovation of the embassy.

Jan 2011 - Aug 2011

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, UN-Habitat, Madrid, ES, Editor of the research journal CF + S (cities for a more sustainable future)

The" Biblioteca CF+S" (Cities for a more sustainable future online library) collects information about all kinds of actions and experiences in the cities and in the countries to improve, effectively, the living conditions of people, within a sustainability criterion in its strongest sense. Also offers articles, reports and theoretical reflections on the current state of the cities and the construction industry and on the alternatives and technologies that arise.

You can find more information about the journal here:

Mar 2008 - Feb 2011

City Council. Hoyo de Manzanares, Hoyo de Manzanares, ES, Sustainable construction teacher for construction professionals

I ​was asked, because of my work and publications in the CF+S LIBRARY, to teach a course on sustainability to professionals in the field of construction in the North zone of Madrid.

Mar 2010 - Jun 2010

GRND82, Barcelona, ES, Architect

For over a year I worked for UPC professor Sergi Serrat at GRND82 architectural studio in the development of architectural competitions and renovation works.

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Sep 2007 - Jul 2008

GC-arquitectos, Madrid, ES, Construction engineer

I worked as a collaborator in the development of all types of projects: residential, single family dwelling, collective and rehabilitation. During my last period at the office, I was team leader.

Apr 2005 - Feb 2006

BAOBAB, Torrejón de Ardoz, ES, Assistant site manager

I worked as an assistant site manager in the construction and urbanization of 64 housing Torrejón de Ardoz, Madrid.

Jul 2004 - Feb 2005


E.T.S. Arquitectura - Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain), ETSAM, Masters, Architecture

The Superior Technical School of Architecture of Madrid (Spanish: Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid, ETSAM) is the superior school of architecture of the Technical University of Madrid (UPM), Spain. It prepares future architects and grants the title of Architect, as well as doctorates and diverse master degrees. This school is considered by many professionals of the sector as the best in Spain and one of the best world-wide.

Feb 2006 - Jul 2011

VIA University College, Horsens, Denmark, Horsens, DK, Bachelors, Bygningskonstruktør

I studied the whole civil engineering degree in Madrid, but I got an schollarship to finish my thesis in the HTS in Denmark.

Feb 2005 - Jul 2005

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Madrid, ES, BArch, Constructing engineer

Great part of the history of Spanish technology—over one hundred and fifty years—has been developed in the Engineering and Architecture schools of this University, as they were for a long time practically the only ones where all the well known professors and researchers as well as students studied.

Jan 2000 - Jul 2005


I Hilti competition for students in constructong engineering, 1st Place

I took part of a team of three students, we got the first prize, the second price and a honor mention in the I
Hilti competition for students.


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