Office for Political Innovation (OFFPOLINN) is an international architectural practice, based in New York and Madrid, working at the intersection of design, research, and critical environmental practices. The office develops projects that transition across scales and medium, intended to bring inclusivity into the built environment.
Currently, the office works on projects for Thyssen Bornemisza Art Contemporary, CA2M, Real Madrid, Colegio Reggio, and Grupo La Musa; and its list of clients include Lafayette Anticipations, Victoria & Albert Museum, Museum of Modern Art MoMA, Art Institute of Chicago, Fundación Cisneros, Empresa Municipal de la Vivienda y Suelo de Madrid, Matadero-Madrid, Obispado de Plasencia, Feria ARCO, London Design Museum, Power Station of Art (Shanghai), Fundació Mies van der Rohe, MAK Vienna.
In 2016, OFFPOLINN received the Frederick Kiesler Prize for the Architecture and the Arts from the City of Vienna; the office has also been awarded the SILVER LION for Best Research Project at the 14th Venice Biennale and with the Dionisio Hernández Gil Award.
OFFPOLINN’s work is part of the collections of MoMA and the Art Institute of Chicago, among many others, and it has been the object of solo exhibitions at MoMA, MoMA PS1, MAK Vienna, Princeton University, RED CAT Cal Arts Contemporary Art Center in Los Angeles, the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine de Paris, and Tabacalera in Madrid; and it also been exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, Zentrum für Kunst und Medien ZKM (Karlsruhe), London Design Museum, Whitechapel Gallery (London), Z33 (Hasselt), the Schweizerisches Architektur Museum (Basel), Lisbon and Oslo architecture triennales, and the Venice, Chicago, Gwanju, São Paulo, Santiago de Chile, and Seoul architecture biennales.
OFFPOLINN’s work has been published in the most important architectural design outlets including A+U, Bauwelt, Domus, El Croquis, The Architectural Review, Abittare, Arquitectura Viva, and in publications like the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, and El País.
Andrés Jaque founded the Office for Political Innovation in 2003. He has brought a transectional approach to architectural design; practicing architecture as the intervention on complex composites of relationships, where its agency is negotiated with the agency unfold by other entities.
Andrés Jaque is Professor and the Dean of Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. He has also been director of the Advanced Architectural Design Program at GSAPP, and visiting professor at Princeton University and The Cooper Union.
Andrés received his PhD in architecture from the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid, where he also received his M. Arch. He has been an Alfred Toepfer Stiftung’s Tessenow Stipendiat and Graham Foundation grantee. In 2018 he co-curated Manifesta 12 in Palermo and he is the Chief Curator of the 13th Shanghai Biennale, Bodies of Water.
His books include Superpowers of Scale (2020), Mies y la gata Niebla: Ensayos sobre arquitectura y cosmopolítica (2019), More-Than-Human (with Marina Otero and Lucia Pietroiusti) (2020), Transmaterial Politics (2017), Calculable (2016) PHANTOM. Mies as Rendered Society (2013), Different Kinds of Water Pouring into a Swimming Pool (2013), Dulces Arenas Cotidianas (2013), Everyday Politics (2011), and Melnikov. 1000 Autos Garage in Paris 1929 (2004). His research work has been included in publications like Perspecta, Log, Thresholds and Volume.
Roberto González García joined the office in 2010 and became its principal in 2014. He combines an extensive career in the development of architectural projects with a focus on curatorial, publishing, and critical practices. His work has a momentous impact on the office’s agenda and he is responsible for its organizational structure. The projects he has directed have become milestones in the office’s development, including Superpowers of Ten and Intimate Strangers.
Roberto is a qualified architect who holds an M. Arch from Universidad del País Vasco and an M.A. in contemporary art from Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He has been professor of architectural culture and theory at IE School of Architecture and Design, and he was co-curator of “AMAZING” (2006), “WOW” (2007), and “¿CÓMO?” at Fundación COAM in Madrid.
Director of Research
Paola Pardo Castillo joined the office in 2012 and became its director of research in 2016. She has played a key role in the development of the research base for works like “Escaravox,” “IKEA Disobedients,” “INTIMATE STRANGERS,” “PORNIFIED HOMES,” and “Sex and the So-Called City.”
Paola holds an M. Arch from the Universidad Javeriana de Bogotá and a M.S. in anthropology. She also holds an M.A. in research and creation and an M.A. in epistemology of natural and social sciences from Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Her writing operates at the intersection of science and art, reflecting on the way theory gets embedded in particular forms of practice.
Paola has contributed substantially in building up the transdisciplinary focus of the office and in situating the office’s work in larger and specific contemporary questions.
Director of Production
Alberto Heras joined the office in 2018 as its Director of Production. With extensive experience in the development of international architectural projects, he is now responsible for the office’s production and in ensuring that the office meets the highest design and engineering standards, continues to collaborate with leading consultants, and remains updated in operational technologies including BIM and REVIT.
Alberto is a qualified architect, and holds an M.Arch from San Pablo CEU University of Madrid. He has developed part of his training at the Politecnico di Milano.
The office clients list includes Victoria and Albert Museum, Company, Museum of Modern Art MoMA NY, Mairie de Paris, Real Madrid, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Fundación Cisneros, Princeton University, Municipality of Väsby, Matadero Madrid, Fundació Mies van der Rohe, ARCOmadrid, Museo Postal de Bogotá, Empresa Municipal de la Vivienda y el Suelo de Madrid S.A., CA2M Centro de Arte 2 de Mayo, Grupo La Musa S.L., Ingénico, Obispado de Plasencia, Construmat, Ayuntamiento de Burgos, Caja Duero, Xunta de Galicia, Colegio Reggio among others.
New York Office
43-01 21st Street
LIC, New York
(+34) 910 572 163
Calle Arriaza, 6
Please be aware that we only offer paid positions, and that we do not accept unpaid internships at our offices.
Oliver Wainwright reviews ‘XHOLOBENI YARDS. Titanium and the Planetary Making of Shininess/Dustiness’ for The Guardian
“Spanish architect Andrés Jaque, working with a group of South African activists, picks up similar themes in an immersive, narrated installation in the Arsenale, challenging what they call architecture’s “problematic addiction to shininess”.
April 22nd, 2020
Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation and Iván López Munuera present ‘The Transscalar Architecture of COVID-19’ at the Earth Day Symposium of the World Around at Dezeen, curated by Beatrice Galilee
The film-archive shows the massive architectural transformation that COVID-19 mobilized around the world; ant how its spatial and material configurations enact unavoidable forms of inequality, social control, and issues of transspecies and environmental justice.
Sound by Jorge López Conde
20 June 2019
Andrés Jaque interviewed by Colin Curley in the last LA+DESIGN Journal
“Through built works, performances, and exhibitions, Andrés Jaque’s work instigates crucial debates for contemporary architecture. Recently, his research has explored dating apps and the role these technologies play in society.” Colin Curley caught up with Andrés Jaque in New York on behalf of LA+ Journal.
14th June 2019
Island House by Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation included in ‘ECO-VISIONARIOS. Arte para un planeta en emergencia’ exhibition
Island House in Laguna Grande by Andrés Jaque / Office for is one of the selected works exhibited at ‘ECO-VISIONARIOS. Arte para un planeta en emergencia’ exhibition at Matadero Madrid (14 June – 6 October, 2019. Curated by Pedro Gadanho, Mariana Pestana and Matadero Madrid Team.
23th March 2019
OFFPOLINN developing the architectural project for TBA21 Academy ‘Ocean Space’ at Campo San Lorenzo
Really happy to be working with Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary and TBA21–Academy developing the architecture of this incredible piece of the planet where artists, scientists, and citizenship at large are convened to sense the ocean, and for humans and non-humans to define together how we are ocean. Opened on Saturday, March 23rd in a first stage of transformation with a so-touching exhibition by Joan Jonas.
1st April 2019
Andrés Jaque and Jacolby Satterwhite at the legendary Dazed and Confused, discussing our installation now at show at the Whitechapel Gallery. in London.
“The climate crisis and its association with the growth of inequality, the lack of agency among state bodies and massive planetary migrations, is again posing questions around how humans engage environmentally”– Andrés Jaque
21th February 2019
Dean Amale Andraos speaks with faculty Andrés Jaque, director of GSAPP’s MSAAD program and founder of the Office for Political Innovation.
“When we look at newspapers, everything that’s on the front page has architecture in it. If we think of geopolitical tensions, environmental issues, projects like the Green New Deal, all of them are loaded with architecture and design. Immediately, it’s a discussion about housing…territory…fences…borders. It’s a discussion about architectural elements.” – Andrés Jaque
6th March 2019
The Architect’s Newspaper have selected Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation as one of the top fifty U.S.–based architects and designers working in interior architecture today.
“Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation has carved its own path through design, performance, and exhibition.”
16th February 2019
Andrés Jaque talks in London, at Whitechapel Gallery, on February, 16th
This one day symposium invites thinking across scales – from the human to the global and the planetary. From considerations of future homes and daily life to possibilities for environmental change, we explore how art and design provides new models of thinking through our shared frameworks.