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Moneo Brock Studio is an architecture firm characterized by the intensity of its design focus. The Studio's principals, Belén Moneo (Harvard, 1988) and Jeff Brock (Princeton, 1985), formed their professional partnership in 1993 in New York City after receiving their Masters of Architecture from Columbia University’s GSAPP in 1991. Over the course of its 19-year history, the team has completed architectural projects ranging in scale from large public buildings to high-end interiors, and has designed furniture, packaging and bathroom fixtures for industrial production. During this time the team has periodically collaborated with Rafael Moneo, Belén's father, in the development of his projects, principally in the USA. This collaboration began in 1994 with their work on the Museum of Modern Art and Architecture in Stockholm, Sweden, and finds its most recent example in the completion of the Interdisciplinary Sciences Building at Columbia University, opened in December of 2010. They are primarily design architects, with broad experience collaborating with larger firms and consultants in the production and coordination of an architectural design from conceptualization through construction completion. Maintaining ties with New York, the firm opened its principal office in Madrid, Spain, in 2002, where it remains today. They are currently working on international projects in Panama and Sweden.

Moneo Brock Studio's architects believe in the exploration of the bond between form and function as well as in understanding the social and economic consequences of their architecture in today’s society. In their portfolio of projects it is evident that they have been selective in their choice of projects, and that each design job has been given the whole of the partners' creative energies. As a result, virtually all of their projects have been widely published in magazines such as Domus, Casabella, Interior Design, Abitare, Wallpaper, Frame, Diseño Interior, and in books by Taschen, Loft Publications, Link , Rockport Press, Ryland Peters and Small, and Abrams, among others. Moneo and Brock have also lectured extensively on their work from Europe to the USA to China, Turkey, Panama, Guatemala and Peru.

The team has been able to deliver projects that are fully conceived from the urban scale to the interior detailing to form a coherent whole. The design work is necessarily complemented by a continuous and diligent process, through which the architects simultaneously attend to clients’ inputs, municipal requirements, economic parameters and aesthetic criteria. Of paramount importance is the degree to which their architecture is organized to serve the needs of their clients in an effective manner, whilst they at the same time imbue the projects with a legible conceptual framework that elevates the work above the mere service of building program.

In their designs one can find an individuality of approach that makes it clear they never bring formulaic responses to any set of problems, but treat each project also as a new beginning and as a new opportunity to investigate the vocabulary of architecture: space, light, and material. There is great attention paid to the modulation of movement and of the qualities of natural light across the spaces of the projects, movement guided by light. The material qualities of building elements, the selection of materials as well as interior and exterior finishes, are always carefully controlled to be in concordance with the project's fundamental concept. In developing a plan that will structure a space, the studio's focus will invariably question the relationship between the interior and the outside environment, both in the sense of the projects' urban context or natural setting, and the local climate, giving broad importance to sustainable design.
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