September 2018

September 2018

Each Table shows the Work in Progress

Z4Z4 + Z4A is an architecture and design office located in Madrid Sp and Houston Tx. Led by co-principals Rafael Beneytez-Duran and Ophelia Mantz,  the office is committed with the idea that architecture is a system of thought. Z4A is where ideological, theoretical and aesthetics are assembled. Z4Z4 is where all projects are being develop in technical and material form.  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  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. In 2019 they moved to Houston to explore the forms of late capitalism.

They are authors of Tobogan House TBH, Castilla y Leon Pavilion PCyLHuesca  Conference and Exhibitions Hall, Listening Tree, Listening Post, Cerro de las Martires Public Park,  Uria Office building, Murua between other buildings and competitions.

Their works have been published in Magazines such as: HOUSES, CASAS INTERNATIONAL, DOMUS, MARK, ARQ, ACTAR, Architectural Review, Architectural Record, AV magazine, ARQUINE, FUTURE, 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…


ACSA 2019 Faculty Design Award, Build 2019, 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 Baghdad. 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 de Turismo en Herrera de Duque. Awarded. 2010.

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Rafael Beneytez Durán, Founder of Z4A in 2010 and Director of Undergraduate Architecture as Associate Professor at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design, University of Houston, Texas, where he teaches design Studios and Technology courses. PhD, M.ARCH and Advance Studies of Architecture Design  at ETSAM, (Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid), awarded with recognition. He has worked with architect Rafael Moneo as project manager from 1999 to 2007.  He has taught at ETSAM, ESAyT, Architectural Association, and the College of Architecture at Texas Tech University,  as well as lectured at many different venues in places such as: Würzburg University, Germany, Santander, ETSAB University, El Vallés Architecture School, GSD Harvard-Career Discovery, Segovia, Münster, Porto, Delft, Limerick, Newark NJ, Lubbock TX, College Station TX, El PasoTX or Houston TX

His work has been recognized 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 Istanbul Design Biennale 2016, Spanish National Award of Public Parks and Gardens 2015, XI Spanish Architecture and Urban Design Biennale 2011.


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Ophélia Mantz

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 recognized 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 Istanbul Design Biennale 2016 and Spanish National Award of Public Parks and Gardens 2015.


Rafael Beneytez, Ophelia Mantz, Enrique Krahe, Xiuyin Hu, James Taylor, Shakil Shimul, Arancha Montero


Steve Roop, Daisy Limon, Javier Cardoso, Ilia Reyes, Victor Cano-Ciborro, Paul Galindo, Eva Gil Lopesinos, Diego Barajas, Esau Acosta, Mauro Gil-Fournier, Cristina Romero,  Alejandro Martin Mate, Borja Iglesias, Ana Belen Santos, Ignacio Rodriguez, Sara Orcasitas,Raquel Limeres, Marcos Rojas, Juan Manuel Nicas, Piet Jacobs, Emilio Jarrin, Marcel Noeding, Jeremie Koempgen, Noah Jaffe, Ethan Pound, Yara Baello, Puy Luengo, Marina Llés, Beatriz Sendin, Sara Carrasco, Pilar Penacho, Maria Payo, Jose Rayos, Andrea Ramos, Ismael Aboli, Marcos Zaragoza, Chema Silva, Barbara Baron, Monica Sedano, Francisco Blanco, Camille Vidal, Anne Voght, Tania Fonseca, Pablo Grande de Roda, Pedro Lopez Quintas, Lucila Lorenzale, Javier Armanda…