Alvar Cortada Kosonen

Alvar Cortada Kosonen

Philadelphia, PA, US



I attended one of the most reputable universities of architecture in Europe, ETSAB (School of Architecture of Barcelona).  It was at ETSAB that I had the privilege to study under renowned architectural professors like Jordi Badia, Jaime Coll, Antonio SanMartin, Antonio de Moragas and Lluis Vives among others.

While I was studying, I also completed internships at various architectural firms. At Croquis (insert link to company website), I was working on the exhibitions for the Forum of the Cultures in Barcelona.  It was this project that helped me to understand the importance of taking care of the finer details.  Next I moved to Mindesign (insert link to company website), where I collaborated on 4 bids for social housing in Sant Joan d’Espi, a town next to Barcelona.  I enjoyed designing for social housing because of the challenge to create a residence with all the standard criteria, but with a very small budget.  You still need to think of a new interpretation of the lifestyle. As a result, some of the best ideas come from designing social buildings.

One of the most exciting opportunities I’ve had as a student was to stay in the Canary Islands to work with Clara Peña (insert link to company website).  There I assisted on a very important bid to design the new city hall (insert link of city call website) of La Oliva in Fuerteventura.  Learning how to transfer the culture of the islands into the design of the building was a great task that we were successfully able to achieve, therefore winning the bid.

I later began my full time career at IDOM-ACXT (insert link to website), a global company, and one of the largest engineering companies in Spain.  I worked as a scholarship holder for 3 years in their architectural division known as ACXT, and after completion, I was hired full time.  During my 6 years at ACXT, I designed and managed projects of all different typologies such as, emergency facilities, airports, sport complexes, office buildings, urban planning, housing, etc., and I was a professor of REVIT to my colleagues in Barcelona and Vitoria.  I participated in some of the most significant projects at the firm, including the 112 Emergency Building which will be the next main picture of the REVIT products (Autodesk) and the airport of Natal, Brazil, which was selected for the next Bienal of Sau Paulo. 

I left Spain for various reasons; one being that the fate of the European economy is so unstable.  So it was time for me to take a risk and seek employment overseas.  But this is not just a dream. I know that I have the skills to succeed anywhere.  I have the discipline.  I have the skills.  And above all, I have the passion to design.  Wherever this risk will take me, I’m excited to uncover.



DCM Architecture & Engineering, Camden, NJ, US, Project Architect

Responsible for managing all the aspects of the project: Scheme Design, Design Development & Construction Documents.
Assist Lead Architect with client presentations.

Mar 2012 - current

IDOM-ACXT, Barcelona, ES, Project Director, Architect Collaborator and BIM Manager

Managed all aspects of the project: Scheme Design, Design Development & Construction Documents. Interface with the clients and oversee the collaboration with technical architects, engineers, and drafters.

Feb 2006 - Nov 2011


School of Architecture of Barcelona, Barcelona, ES, BArch, 6 years program, 375 credits

Sep 2001 - Nov 2008


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