Z4Z4 + Z4A is an award-winning architecture and design office located in Madrid-Lubbock Tx. Led by co-principals Rafael Beneytez and Ophelia Mantz the office is committed on the idea that architecture is a system of thought. Z4Z4 is where all projects are being develop in technological and material form. Z4A is where all ideological, theoretical and aesthetic forms are designed. From research to writings, from writings to design, from research, writing and design to teach. All works are framed over wide tables where assemblies and relationships are designed.
In the Fall of 2015 they have arrived to the West Texas – Lubbock – as a base to explore the vast scale of the West and the Sublime of the High Plains – landscapes and airscapes over Ogallala Aquifer.
They are authors of tobogan house TBH, Castilla y Leon Pavilion PCyL, Huesca Conference hall, Listening Tree, Listening Post, Cerro de las Martires Public Park, Uria Office building, Murua between other buildings and competitions.
Their productions have been published in Books and Magazines such us: DOMUS, MARK, ARQ, ACTAR, Architectural Review, Architectural Record, AV magazine, ARQUINE, FUTURE, HOUSES, CASAS INTERNATIONAL, Pasajes de Arquitectura, TEDx, Diseño Interior, Detail, Tashen, Con-Arquitectura, BIEAU XI, ArchDaily, Edgar González, , Europan, Experimenta, Diseñart, Dezeen, Arch20, Architizer, Bannana Design, Summa+, Archelo, Design Boom, Metalocus, Divisare, Catalogo Diseno, Afasia, Archilovers, Arkitera, Design.Mk, Archinovosti, Idea Msg, Dezain…
S.ARCH Award 2018- Best Design Project. -AR Emerging Architecture 2016. Finalist. -Premio Nacional de Parques Públicos de España 2015 - Listening Tree, Spanish Biennial XI 2011. - Olympic City of Baghdag. First Prize. 2010 - Conference Hall of Huesca. First Prize 2005. - Castilla y León Pavilion. First Prize. 2008. - San Andrés Etxea Hotel. First Prize. 2005. - SEGO. First Prize. 2007. - Experimental Theater CMC en Getafe. 2007. - Centro de Gestión del Deporte en Leganés. 3rd Prize. 2009. - Europan 10. Taboadella. Awarded, 2010. - Hospedería de Turismo en Castuera. Awarded. 2009. - Hospedería deTurismo en Herrera de Duque. Awarded. 2010.
Rafael Beneytez Durán, PhD , M.ARCH and Advance Studies of Architecture Design at ETSAM, (Escuela Tecnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid), awarded with recognition, has worked with renowned architect Rafael Moneo as project manager from 1999 to 2007. Founder of Z4A in 2010, he is Associate Professor at at the College of Architecture of Texas Tech University (CoA TTU) where he teaches design Studios and technology courses in both graduate and undergraduate levels. He has taught at ETSAM, ESAyT, and Architectural Association (SS Unit 6) as well as lecture at Würzburg University, Germany, Santander, ETSAB University, El Vallés Architecture School, GSD Harvard-Career Discovery, Segovia, Würzburg, Münster, Porto, Delft, Limerick, Newark NJ, Lubbock TX, College Station TX, El PasoTX and Houston TX
His work has been recognised and awarded at the Architectural Review Emerging Architecture 2016 (Finalist), S.ARCH 2018, COAM 2016 Award (Finalist), 2016 London Biennale Manila Pollination, 2016 London Transart Triennale, 2016 The Architecture and Design Film Festival New York, 3rd Istambul Design Biennale 2016, Spanish National Award of Public Parks and Gardens 2015, XI Spanish Architecture and Urban Design Biennale 2011.
Ophélia Mantz is architect DPLG from the School of Architecture of Paris-Belleville, UP8, France, and M.Arch in Bioclimatic Architecture and Sustainability from the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid (ETSAM – UPM). She led Z4A with Rafael Beneytez. She is Visiting Assistant Professor at the College of Architecture of Texas Tech University (CoA TTU). She teaches design studios and seminars in graduate and undergraduate levels.The research line of her work is developed on the construction of ecological thinking in the fields of architecture and urban scales.
Her work has been recognised and awarded at the Architectural Review Emerging Architecture 2016 (Finalist), S.ARCH 2018, COAM 2016 Award (Finalist), 2016 London Biennale Manila Pollination, 2016 London Transart Triennale, 2016 The Architecture and Design Film Festival New York, 3rd Istambul Design Biennale 2016 and Spanish National Award of Public Parks and Gardens 2015.