Javier Fernández Contreras (Dipl. Arch. ETSAM, 2006; Ph.D., 2013) is a Geneva-based architect, design theorist, and the dean of the Department of Space Design / Interior Architecture at HEAD – Genève. His work explores the relationship between architecture, representation and media, with a specific focus on the role of interiors in the construction of contemporaneity. Contreras is the director of several BA, MA and research programs, including MAIA (Master of Arts in Interior Architecture) and Scènes de Nuit, a research platform investigating the entanglements between night and architecture. He is the author of the books The Miralles Projection: Thinking and Representation in the Architecture of Enric Miralles (Applied Research and Design, 2020), Manifesto of Interiors: Thinking in the Expanded Media (HEAD – Publishing, 2021), and the co-editor of Scènes de Nuit: Night & Architecture (Ediciones Asimétricas, 2021), and Intimacy Exposed: Toilet, Bathroom, Restroom (Spector Books, 2023). His critical essays have been published in numerous books and specialised journals, including Marie-José Van Hee Architecten, Massilia Annuaire des Études Corbuséennes, Drawing Matter, India Mahdavi, RA Revista de Arquitectura, RADDAR, and Plan Libre. Contreras is a regular contributor to professional debates, international juries and conferences. His work has earned him prizes in various international competitions, including the Concentrico Design Festival 2020, f’ar Lausanne 2019, and several editions of Europan. His recent projects and distinctions with HEAD – Genève include Train Zug Treno Tren, the opening exhibition at MUDAC Lausanne in 2022; the invitation to the 2021 Seoul Architecture Biennale for the Circa Diem project (in collaboration with the EPFL); the Brands and Communication Red Dot Award 2020 and the Innovation Frame Award 2020 for the Space Duality project; as well as a Design Prize Switzerland 2019 nomination for the #Looslab project.
This website is an index of selected projects and writings.