Andrés Jaque (born 1971 in Madrid) is an architect and thinker. His work explores the role architecture plays in the making of societies. He has been considered one of the most challenging contemporary European architects. In 2003 he founded the Office for Political Innovation, a trandisciplinary agency engaged with the making of an ordinary urbanism out of the association of heterogeneous architectural fragments.
Life and career
Andrés Jaque has been Tessenow Stipendiat and has lectured in a number of universities around the world, including Berlage Institute, Columbia University GSAPP, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich, Princeton University, Bezalel Academy, Universidad Javeriana de Bogotá or the Instituto Politecnico di Milano, among others. He is currently teaching at GSAPP, Columbia University.
His work has been exhibited at the Schweizerisches Architekturmuseum in Basel, the Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno (IVAM), the Biennale di Venezia. and at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). His work 'IKEA Disobedients' (Madrid, New York 2012) was the first architectural performance to be included in the MoMA's collection.
In 2004, he completed the construction of Casa Sacerdotal Diocesana de Plasencia. An interactive building designed to promote the public emergence of controversies among their users, mainly elder Catholic priests. What Jaque called a Parliamentary Architecture. Considered one of the earliest examples of a low tech European architecture, the building has been widely published and object of a number of exhibitions all around the world.
In 2005, he developed the 12 Actions to Make Peter Eisenman Transparent. A project to make visible, and easy to understand for general public, the political implications of the construction of the singular building site Cidade da Cultura in Santiago de Compostela. A series of actions described by Bruno Latour as a «beautiful mixture of art, politics and building-site».
TUPPER HOME, a system of tiny and colourful plastic dwellings, developed with the support of Tupperware, has been the smallest architectural project ever included as finalist for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture Mies van der Rohe Award.
In 2012 he was invited to intervene the Mies van der Rohe Barcelona Pavilion, following previous invitations to artist and architects like Ai Weiwei and Kazuyo Sejima. His intervention ‘PHANTOM. Mies as Rendered Society’  made visible all the processes involved in the daily fabrication of the pavilion as an ordinary reality. Buckets, flags, chairs, old faded curtains, the salt that keeps the ponds pristine or the result of failed experiments carried out at the pavilion, were kept at the so far unnoticed basement. The intervention consisted on moving all those elements onto the upper floor. Works like ‘IKEA Disobedients’, or ‘PHANTOM, Mies as Rendered Society’ has presented a novel way of engaging architectural practices with research and for architecture as a discipline to gain political agency.
He is also the author of other works like Teddy House (Vigo, 2003, 2005), Mousse City, (Stavanger, 2003), Peace Foam City (Ceuta, 2005), Skin Gardens (Barcelona, 2006), the Museo Postal de Bogotá (Bogotá, 2007), Rolling House for the Rolling Society (Barcelona, 2009), the House in Never Never Land (Ibiza, 2009), the ESCARAVOX, (Madrid, 2012), Hänsel and Gretel's Arenas (Madrid, 2013).
Andrés Jaque and the Office for Political Innovation have made major contributions to conceptualize the implications of French ecology and post-foundational politics for contemporary architectural and urban practices. They are the authors of : ‘Andrés Jaque. Everyday Politics’. EA! Ediciones. 2011. 'PHANTOM. Mies as Rendered Society'. Fundació Mies van der Rohe 2013.  ‘Eco-Ordinary. Codes for Quotidian Architectural Practices’. Lampreave Ediciones. 2010. ‘Dulces Arenas Cotidianas’. Lugadero. 2013. Jaque has made regular contributions to both specialized and general media. With significant papers for leading architectural magazines such as El Croquis, Domus  or Beyond; and regular works for broader audiences in media like Babelia, the cultural supplement of El País, or La SER radio station where Jaque holds a regular participation on architectural and urban concerns.
Office for Political Innovation
In 2003 together with a number of sociologist, economist and journalist he created the Office for Political Innovation, an urban lab focused on the development of a democratically centered architecture, considering objects as material actors of equalitarian societies.
- Democracy in Space. A10. Mayo 2008.
- Official website
- "Architecture as Rendered Socitety. Andrés Jaque in conversation with Ignacio González Galán" (Volume #33 Interiors. Rotterdam 2012) 
- "As Found", Schweizerisches Architekturmuseum (Basel) 2007
- "Construir, habitar, pensar". Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno. Valencia 2008.
- 7ª Mostra Internazionale di Architettura La Biennale di Venezia
- IKEA Disobedients. At the MoMA Collection http://www.moma.org/explore/multimedia/videos/235/1158
- Arquitectura Parlamento (Arquitectura COAM, Madrid 2007)
- Casa Sacerdotal Diocesana de Plasencia [Cáceres] (pp.84-91 DOMUS Milán julio-agosto 2005)
- "12 acciones para transparentar la Cidade da Cultura de Galicia de Peter Eisenman”. Pp.26-29 Pasajes de arquitectura y crítica. n.66 Madrid. Marzo
- 12 acciones para trasparentar la ciudad de la cultura de Peter Eisenman” Pp.124-137 UR Arquitectura. Buenos Aires, 2007
- European union Prize for Contemporary Architecture, Mies van der Rohe Award. Actar.Barcelona. 2009
- Barahona, Ethel. "The Value of the Infraordinary" (Domus. Milano 2013)
- ‘Andrés Jaque. Everyday Politics’. EA! Ediciones. 2011
- 'PHANTOM. Mies as Rendered Society'. Fundació Mies van der Rohe 2013 
- ‘Eco-Ordinary. Codes for Quotidian Architectural Practices’. Lampreave Ediciones. 2010 
- ‘Dulces Arenas Cotidianas’. Lugadero. 2013
- “Collective Experiments. Video-visits and Tele-conversations in the Times of the Technical Codes” (El Croquis. El Escorial 2011). 
- “Collective Experiments. Interiors, Views and Mutiverses” (El Croquis. El Escorial 2012) 
- “15M. Yes we Camp. Urbanism as Controversy” (Domus. Milano 2011)
- “Janet Rodriguez’s Parliament” (Beyond. Values and Symptoms. N.2. Rotterdam 2009) 
- “Ecoaldeas frente a la ciudad eléctrica” (Babelia. El País. 06.08.2011) 
- “El arquitecto no es un creador solitario” (Babelia. El País. 25.04.2009) 
- “¿Ciudad contemporánea? Consulte su locutorio” (Babelia. El País. 13.09.2008) 
- Hans Ulrich Obrist interviews Andrés Jaque
- "Architecture as Rendered Socitety. Andrés Jaque in conversation with Ignacio González Galán" (Volume #33 Interiors. Rotterdam 2012)
- The importance of remote control and other small things. Silvia Polito interviews Andrés Jaque
- Transparency Archi-Shot N.1. Video clip in which Andrés Jaque explains the use of political notions of transparency in his architectural work.
- Democracy in Space, interview to Andrés Jaque in A10
- "Dadme un cuarto de estar y moveré el mundo. Habitaciones, paisajes y experimentos de andar por casa" ("Give me a living room and I will move the Earth. Rooms, landscapes and daily life experiments"). Lecture by Andrés Jaque in Medialab-Prado (Madrid) on 29.05.2008
- Interview in El Pais
- 'Ciudad incubadora de diversidad' article by Andrés Jaque published in El País
- Isabel Repiso writes on Skin Gardens by Andrés Jaque in Público
- Félix Arránz talks with Andrés Jaque on the role of architects on the making of societies in PodCast Scalae
- Interview with Andrés Jaque, one of the most prominent Spanish young architects
- "Andrés Jaque. Everyday Politics". (EA! Editions. 2012)
- Jaque, Andrés "Eco-Ordinary. Codes for Quotidian Architectural Practices" (Lampreave Editions. 2011)
- Jaque, Andrés "Dulces arenas cotidianas" (Lugadero. 2013)
- Jaque, Andrés "Collective Experiments. Video-interviews and Tele-conversations in the time of the technical codes" (El Croquis N.148)
- Jaque, Andrés "Collective Experiments. Interiors, Views and Multiverses" (El Croquis N.149)
- Jaque, Andrés "15M. Yes We Camp. Urbanism as Controversy" (Domus. Milano 2011)
- Jaque, Andrés "Janet Rodríguez's Parliament" (Beyond. Rotterdam 2009)
- Jaque, Andrés "Ecoaldeas en frente de la ciudad eléctrica" Babelia (El País 06.08.2011)
- Jaque, Andrés "El arquitecto no es un creador solitario" Babelia (El País 25.04.2009)
- Jaque, Andrés "¿Ciudad contemporánea? Consulte su locutorio" Babelia (El País, 12.09.2008)
- IKEA Disobedients at the MoMA Collection
- Baraona, Ethel "The Value of the Onfra Ordinary" (Domus. Milano 2013)