Javier García-Germán (1974) is Professor of Architectural Design at the Madrid School of Architecture (ETSAM) since 2007. He is module director both in the Master’s Degree in City and Housing (MCH, ETH Zürich & UPM) and in the Master in Advanced Ecological Buildings
(MAEB, IAAC, Barcelona). Javier García-Germán studied architecture at the ETSAM (Final Design Thesis Honors, Premio Extraordinario Fin de Carrera 2002), the Oxford School of Architecture and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (Master in Design Studies 2004), where he was Fulbright Scholar. He received his Ph.D. in architecture —Thermodynamic Environments. A Critical Cartography on Energy, Architecture and Atmosphere— in ETSAM (2014).
In 2004 he founded TAAs —totem arquitectos asociados— an award-winning practice based in Madrid which explores the connections between climate, architecture and users. TAAs has recently finished two bioclimatic NZEB buildings: an office building in Paseo de la Castellana 94 and a 159-unit collective housing scheme for Ayuntamiento de Madrid. TAAs’ entries for EUROPAN international competition received awards in EUROPAN 6, 8 and 10 editions. TAAs’ work was exhibited in the XVI Biennale di Venezia (2018).
In addition Javier García-Germán has authored several articles in international periodicals (Quaderns, Bauwelt, 2G, etc.) and edited and authored several books on energy and architecture, among others Thermodynamic Interactions. An Architectural Exploration into Physiological, Material and Territorial Atmospheres (2017, ACTAR), which has received both the Pensamiento y Crítica FAD Award 2018 and the XIII BEAU Spanish Architecture and Urbanism Biennial awards; and De lo Mecánico a lo Termodinámico (2010, Gustavo Gili); and
Contextos 2008. Hacia un Nuevo Entorno Energético (2008, UCJC).
Javier García-Germán has lectured in the following institutions: Harvard Design School of Architecture, Rice University School of Architecture (Houston, Tx), City College New York, Texas Tech University College of Architeture (Lubbock, Tx), Syracuse University School of
Architecture, Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts WashU (St. Louis, Missouri), Tongji University (Shanghai, China), Tec de Monterrey (Monterrey, México), Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP, Lima, Perú), Universidad Torcuato di Tella (Buenos Aires, Argentina),
The New School of Architecture (PUPR; San Juan, Puerto Rico), Universidad de Málaga (UMA, Málaga, España), Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (UPV, Valencia), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM, Madrid), Instituto de Arquitectura Avanzada de Cataluña (IAAC, Barcelona), Universidad Ramón Llul (Barcelona), Universidad de Sevilla (Sevilla).