nodo17 group is an office based on Madrid and Washington DC of architects, urban designers and ecologists operating within the fields of cities, urban design, landscape, architecture, engineering and ecology. We define our approach as evolutionary urban design by which we understand the design of self-organized environments through technological relationship between nature and society.

Our approach is based on sharing local knowledge with global practice. Due to our experience, we have developed design strategies and processes to improve overseas collaboration. Projects in Bosnia & Herzegovina, South Korea, Sudan or Canary Islands exemplify this approach. Main objective is to adapt to client requirement in terms of design excellence, sustainability, time and cost, taking advantage of local talent and community involvement.  In fact, Manuel Pérez Romero, founding partner of nodo17 group, is board member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) International Practice Committee.

Nowadays, architecture is facing an exponential increase of complexity. New demands as energy efficiency, sustainable water management, low-carbon buildings, life cycle maintenance, together with the development of new tools as BIM or simulation software are requiring new types of project organization and structure.

nodo17 group is used to work with different professionals as ecologists, publicists, sociologists, political scientists, professionals in community involvement, energy and water management consultants, agronomists, structural engineers, mobility engineers, artists… Our projects are the result of an intense interdisciplinary dialogue.

Over the years nodo17 group has been facing a transformation into an interdisciplinary office, with different departments of Technology, Resources Efficiency, Landscape, BIM management, Rendering, Communication and R+D+i. This interdisciplinary structure allows a better understanding and approach to project design.

Although tourism has become a global issue, it requieres a local approach. Mass tourism, as a result of low-cost travel, is gradually becoming invasive and destructive. Tourism footprint ranges from CO2 emissions, high water consumption to the loss of cultural identity or rising prices in local economies.

Our experience in sustainable tourism, in different cultures and environments, as Bosnia & Herzegovina, Canary Islands, Costa Rica or Spain offers a strong background to face the complexity of tourism impact. nodo17 group designs sustainable projects from a holistic point of view. Our work goes beyond the traditional limits of architecture by reducing the impact in the natural and social ecosystem, from a technological and economic point of view.

On the one hand, our aim is to reduce tourism impact in the natural and social enviroment, and on the other hand, to develop a positive experience for the local community and the tourists.

nodo17 group has received more than 15 awards in national and international architecture design competitions and their work has been published in more than 100 magazines and books. Recently, the Korean editorial Damdi Publishing Co. has published a monographic book about nodo17 work.

nodo17 has a R&D+i department for the research of new construction systems and processes, for which nodo17 has already three registered patents. Recently nodo17 has founded the company HDa (High Definition Architecture) based on digital fabrication.


Board Members

Manuel Pérez Romero -
Manuel Pérez Romero is founding member of nodo17 group. He studied architecture in several European universities (Madrid, London, Torino, Milano and Las Palmas de G.C.). He holds a Ph.D. in Architecture from Madrid Polytechnic University and a Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) and Urban Planning (MUP) from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria University. He is an European Union Registered Architect. His teaching experience includes 8 yeas at IE School of Architecture, 15 years at Alcalá de Henares School of Architecture and 1 year at Madrid School of Architecture. Currently he is the director of the new Bachelor in Future Cities at IE University. In 2019 he has been appointed board member of the International Practice Committee of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
Jaime Tarazona Lizarraga -
Jaime Tarazona holds a Bachelor of Architecture from E.T.S.A.G in Alcalá de Henares. He also undertook additional studies at Università degli Studi di Sassari in Italy. He has collaborated with NGO S.A.R. as a part of Spanish contigent AECID moved to Puerto Principe in Haiti and Concepcion in Chile, to give logistical and technical support. Jaime Tarazona has a deep understanding of all facets of practice of architecture, combining transdisciplinary fields like persuasive communication and urban branding with a broad understanding of all technical and profesional issues.

nodo17 TEAM

- Foreman Builders -                          - Engineer -                                - Mobility -
Ignacio Delgado Conde                             Euring S.L.                                     Carlos Corral
Vicente Rubio Alonso                                  A.C.H. S.L

- Renders-                                              - Artists-                                     - Landscape consultant -
Jaime Lopez                                                 Boamistura                                   Miguel Pérez Carballo
Victor Quiros                                                Rubén Martín de Lucas                 Brianda Campoamor

- Models -                                              - Photographers -                    - Structures -
Gilberto Ruis Lopez                                       Amparo Garrido                           Joaquin Antuña
                                                                    Pablo Cruz 
                                                                    Imagen Subliminal                         B.A.C.

- Textile Architecture -

- Partner Offices -
Es_parks Architecture Urban and Planning

- Temporary asociated offices -
Carlos Arroyo + Eleonora Guidotti
Bunch Arquitectura y Proyectos
JDA Arquitectura


Urban and landscape competitions

2019           3rd Prize.
                    Hanyang Country Club International Competition.
                Seoul, South Korea.

2018           Finalist.
                    Changdong-Sanggye Start-up and Culture Industry Complex International Design Competition. Seoul,                    South Korea.
                2 phases international open competition. (Stage 2 Architects: Steven Holl, Toyo Ito, BHCO Architects, OCA, SIAPLAN,                      HAENGLIM, nodo17 group).

2016          1st Prize
                   AWSR (Abalos Sustainable Resort). La Gomera Island, Canary Islands. 
               2 phases restricted competition.

2014          1st Prize
                   Klekovaça Tourist Centre. Srpska Republic, Bosnia&Herzegovina
              2 phases international open competition. (Invited teams: MVRDV, Herreros Arquitectos, Lacaton&Vassal).

2013          Honourable Mention
                   Visionary Regeneration Competition. Manitoba University, Canada
                   2 phases international open competition.

2006         1st Prize
                   Margaritas Community Plan. Urban and Social Regeneration Plan. Getafe, Madrid, Spain
               National competition.

2006         Finalist
                   Aguas Vivas Competition. Spain Housing Ministry. Guadalajara,Spain
               International competition.

2001         1st Prize
                   Europan VI. Urban Plan. Toledo,Spain
               International competition. With Carlos Arroyo and Eleonora Guidotti.

Architecture competitions

2019          Finalist.
                   World Car Center. Vigo, Spain.
               2 phases international open competition. With MTM Architects.

2013          Honourable Mention
                   Technology Dome. Zamora, Castilla y León, Spain
               2 phases international competition. (Invited teams such as Zaha Hadid, Mangado+Herreros Arquitectos, Sancho and                         Madridejos). With MTM Architects.

2008         2nd Prize
                   Elderly Centre. La Cistérniga, Valladolid, Spain
               National competition.

2007         1st Prize
                   Auditorium and Bullfighter's Ring. Murcia, Spain
               National competition.

2006         1st Prize
                   IMAM. Woman Institute and Municipal File. Móstoles, Madrid, Spain
               National competition.

2005         Honourable Mention
                   Auditorium and Cultural Centre. Alfafar, Valencia, Spain
                   National competition.

2003         Finalist
                   Casa Americana Hotel. Pego, Alicante, Spain

2003         Finalist
                   Youth Centre. Getafe, Madrid, Spain

1999         1st Prize
                   Tenerife Water-Ecomuseum. Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
               National competition. With Carlos Arroyo and Eleonora Guidotti.

Building and projects recognition

2018           2018 AZ Award of Merit.
                   AZ Awards. Toronto, Canada.
               Nearly 1.000 entrants. Awarded building: House City-Wall by nodo17 group.

2018          Finalist.
                   Smart Island World Congress (SIWC 2018).
               Project Awarded: ASWR (Abalos Sustainable Resort).   

2017           Best Sustainable Hotel in Spain.
                    RE-THINK Awards. Spanish Tourism Ministry.
               Project Awarded: ASWR (Abalos Sutainable Resort).   

2013             Finalist.
                     XII Spanish Architectural Biennial.
               Awarded Urban Design: Margaritas Community Plan. Getafe, Madrid, Spain.

2009         Honourable Mention
                   AR for Emerging Architecture. Architectural Review Prize.
                   IMAM, (Woman Institute / Municipal File). International competition.

2006         Finalist
                   XII Edition. Manuel Oráa Prize. Canary Islands Oficial College of Architects.
               Building: Estudio M. Tacoronte. Tenerife, Madrid. Regional Competition.

2005          Finalist.
                    Urban Solutions for a sustainable city. Toledo Eco-Neighbourhood. Superior Council of Colleges of                               Architects of Spain. National Competition.
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