Fermín Vázquez graduated from the Polytechnic University of Madrid in 1987 and gained a Diploma in Architectural Projects Advanced Studies from the Technical University of Catalonia – BARCELONA TECH in 2005.
Fermín Vázquez founded b720 Arquitectos in 1997 and is currently partner and director. Since then he has carried out projects in the main cities of Spain in the fields of both architecture and town planning. He combines professional practice with teaching and has taught at the Higher Technical School of Architecture in Barcelona and at the School of Architecture and Landscape in Bordeaux. At the present time he teaches at the Universidad Europea (European University) in Madrid. He has also given lectures and workshops for institutions and universities around the world and contributes articles for specialised publications.
The studio’s work has been extensively published and it has achieved recognition at home and abroad with the award of numerous prizes. In 2007 the “Veles e Vents” America’s Cup building won the European Riba Award and it was a finalist for the Mies Van der Rohe Prize and the 9th Spanish Architecture and Town Planning Biennial. The projects for Indra (2007), Veles e Vents and the Plaza del Torico (2008) were finalists for the FAD Prizes. In 2004, the project for the Paseo del Óvalo in Teruel won the “Ciudades Patrimonio de la Humanidad” (World Heritage City Prize), awarded by the Ministry of Culture, and the European Prize for Urban Public Space.
During the first years of its existence b720 Arquitectos collaborated with colleagues of great international prestige for its projects in Spain. All these projects carried out, right from the start, in collaboration, as real partners. Outstanding amongst them are projects undertaken with David Chipperfield, Toyo Ito and Jean Nouvel.