Cristina Parreño Alonso is a licensed architect in Spain and UK, with more than ten years of professional experience working in Madrid, London, and Boston. She graduated with honors in the University of Madrid, Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura (ETSAM).
Before having her own practice she worked for Amann, Canovas, Maruri in Madrid (2001-2005) and for Foreign Office Architects in London and Madrid (2005-2009).
She has previously taught Design Studios at the School of Architecture at Buffalo and more recently at the School of Architecture and Planning at MIT where she taught Graduate and Undergraduate studios from 2010 to 2015. She has been a guest critic at the schools of Architecture of Cornell, Cooper Union, Michigan, Northeastern, RISD, Buffalo, Syracuse, MIT and Harvard GSD.
She founded her practice Cristina Parreño Architecture in 2009. Since then she has won several architectural competitions, among others: 1st prize for the Urban Rehabilitation of the Business complex AZCA in Madrid; the VIP Lounge for ARCO Madrid, 3rd prize Housing CompetitionJ5 in Andalusia and Honorable Mention for the National Library of Slovenia. Her work has been broadly published in newspapers and architectural magazines.
She received the “Europe 40 under 40 Design Awards 2014” and she has recently been selected one of the four emerging firms for the “Design Boston Biennial 2015”.