Adolf Martínez (Barcelona, 1956) and Josep-Lluís Sisternas (Barcelona, 1955) are architects graduated from the School of Architecture of Barcelona and are members of the Architects’ Institute of Catalonia (COAC). They work in partnership since 1984, and in 2006 they founded the professional office MSA+A (Adolf Martínez / Josep Lluís Sisternas, Arquitectes i Associats, SLP) as a step forward in the consolidation of a long-lasting professional relationship with the architects Cristóbal Arrabal, Yolanda Boto, Milena Ibáñez, Antoni Ramis, Juan Pablo Rodríguez and Ignacio Vallet. In 2011 they associated with the young architectural firm MAGMA Arquitectura to establish MSAA GROUP, in order to strengthen the development of international projects.
MSA+A includes a team of professionals who are specialized in different parts of the development of urban plans and projects. They can deal with construction projects, economic estimation and management of building operations, design and calculation of structures and facilities, and both the study and the development of urban plans with a scope smaller than a town. The team has the necessary means and gathers enough experience to meet the terms of time, cost, quality and technical capacity required to face projects and works.
During more than twenty-five years of professional practice, MSA+A has developed many projects for public buildings, residential buildings –totaling about five thousand dwellings, most of them subsidized housing–, and also many urban planning works. For municipalities and other Public Administration institutions, they have designed a facilities park in Barcelona (Parc d’equipaments del Guinardó), the town halls of Òrrius and Castellcir (both in Barcelona province), the primary care centers of Numància (Barcelona) and Jaume Soler (Cornellà), the school facilities Bellul·la (Canovelles) and Clara Campoamor (Alaquàs, Valencia), the rehabilitation of a holiday resort in Tarragona (Ciutat del Repòs i les Vacances), and many public space projects and urban planning proposals. For the private sector, they have designed residential buildings, such as the Nova Diagonal Tower and the Illa del Mar Building, in Barcelona; office buildings, as part of the UA13 planning unit or the Can Ricart-Parc Central business park, both in Barcelona’s Poblenou neighborhood; and special program buildings, such as the preliminary project of La Caixa Data Process Center at the Vallès Technology Park.
Some of the projects developed by MSA+A over the years have been published in books and professional magazines and have been part of collective exhibitions, apart from having been awarded prizes and mentions in national and international competitions.