Javier García-Germán (1974) is Associate Professor of Architectural Design at the Madrid School of Architecture (ETSAM) since 2007. He is module director both in the Master’s Degree in Collective 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 is currently building an office building in Madrid and a 159 units collective housing building for the 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).
During the last year 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, Tongji University (Shanghai, China), Tec de Monterrey (Monterrey, México), Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP, Lima, Perú), Universidad de Málaga (UMA, Málaga, España), Universidad Politénica de Valencia (UPV, Valencia, España), Universidad Politénica de Madrid (UPM, Madrid, España), Instituto de Arquitectura Avanzada de Cataluña (IAAC, Barcelona, España).