Architect & Curator

Olga Subirós is an architect and curator of exhibition projects that provide an integrative approach to twenty-first century culture and the far-reaching transformations of the digital era and systemic crisis.

Subirós’s proposal AIR/ARIA/AIRE won the competition for the participation of Catalonia at the 17th Venice Architecture Biennale 2021 with an investigation into air pollution in urban areas reclaiming changes in city model as air is a common asset upon which our survival depends. Subirós, alongside with José Luis de Vicente, was the curator of Big Bang Data, an exhibition on the datafication of the world presented in venues including the Singapore ArtScience Museum and the MIT Museum, the contents of which were adapted and extended for each centre. Subirós won the international competition for the Data Square exhibition at the EPFL-ArtLab in Lausanne exhibited till 2020. Subirós has designed the exhibition on chef Ferran Adrià’s creative process and the El Bulli restaurant held at Somerset House in London, Boston Science Museum, and Fundación Telefónica in Madrid. Subirós also did the staging of the exhibition Are you ready for television? curated by Chus Martínez at the MACBA, and of over a dozen exhibition projects at the CCCB in Barcelona.
Olga Subirós is a current lecturer on Data and Design Master at Elisava, Barcelona School of Design and Engineering, Master of Design and Production of Spaces CCCB-UPC and a PhD candidate in Architecture and Design at RMIT.

Portrait ©Gunnar Knechtel


Olga Subirós is a curator of projects that take an integrative approach to 21st century culture and the far-reaching transformations of the digital age. She recently co-curated with José Luis de Vicente Big Bang Data, a major exhibition of different kinds of data-driven artworks and objects that offer an insight into the world of big data. Since 2014 Big Bang Data is touring worldwide. It has been presented at CCCB Barcelona, Somerset House London, ArtScience Museum Singapore, Fundación Telefónica in Madrid, Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile and Lima. In 2017, it has been presented in Centro Cultura Digital in Ciudad de México, DOX Centre for Contemporary Art in Prague and at the MIT Museum in Boston in 2018. Olga Subirós proposal AIR/ARIA/AIRE won the competition for the participation of Catalonia at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2021.

Exhibition Design

Subirós is also an architect, an exhibition designer and a creative director. Subirós recently won the international competition for the Data Square exhibition at the EPFL-ArtLab in Lausanne. Subirós did the unique display of the exhibition Are you ready for tv? curated by Chus Martínez at the MACBA. Another notable exhibition design project revolved around the creative process of Chef Ferran Adrià and elBulli restaurant which was presented at Somerset House London, the Science Museum in Boston, and Fundación Telefónica in Madrid. Seven of her exhibition designs have been published in the CCCB monography and in many design magazines as Creative Review, Domus, Experimenta, Diseño Interior.

Collective practice

As a co-founder and partner of the Program Collective design team together with Simon Taylor, Mona Kim, and Todd Palmer, Subirós conceptualized and designed the large-scale Water for Life installation and the sculpture Splash at the 2008 International Expo in Zaragoza.

Collaboration with artists

Subirós also collaborates with artists developing the architecture design for their art installations. Subirós has developed the architecture for the Dora García art installation The Inadequate at the Spanish Pavilion at the 2011 Venice Biennale, the set of the Dora García’s television program Die Klau Mich Show at Documenta 13, Kassel 2012, and the Dora Gacía’s Nokdu Bookstore at the 2016 Gwangju Biennale, awarded the Noon prize for the best work of the Biennale.


Subirós is guest lecturer at the Design and Creation of Spaces Master program at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) and at the Master in Data and Design (MAAD) at Elisava-Barcelona School of Design and Engineering. Subirós is a regular guest lecturer and jury of the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC.) Subirós is currently completing a practice-based Architecture and Design PhD at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University (RMIT).


Olga Subirós is member of the following institutions:
Col.legi Oficial d’Arquitectes de Catalunya (COAC), the associtation of architects of Catalonia
ICOM (International Council of Museums)
Association of designers FAD (Foment de les Arts Decoratives)
Advisory Board of the Master in Advanced Interaction of the IaaC (Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia)
Advisory Board of Places & Spaces/Mapping Science
Advisory Board of the Brain Film Festival.


Subirós project, Air/Aria/Aire, received the FAD International Award 2022. Subirós interior design for Victoria Brewery received Honorable Mention at the IDA Design Awards 2018. Subirós as member of the Program Collective team was Nominated for the Iakov Chernikhov International Prize in 2012. Subirós project with Enric Ruiz-Geli, Office in Eixample, was Selected FAD Awards 2003. Subirós installation, Bookland, was Selected FAD Awards 2001. Subirós project with Pere Bohigas, The secret world of Buñuel, was Finalist at FAD Awards 1995.


Architect & Curator
Olga Subirós

Damián Moreira, Cristina Moreta, Vincent Parasie, Sandra Prat, Ignasi Ribas

Past collaborators
Marta Banach, Mònica Barrio, Alberto Delgado, Pol Esteve, Juanjo González, Manel Prat, Pablo Ros, Manuel Soler, Sara Suárez, Anne-Sophie de Vargas, Andrea Wasserman