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darro18 arquitectos

Jose Luis Gahona and Juan Rodríguez-Villa founded darro18 arquitectos in 2001 after a successful career in Rafael Moneo’s Office in Madrid. Since 2013, Jose Luis Gahona has been the principal of darro18. As it has been from the outset, the office strives for exceptional design while providing a thorough and constant personal service.

Over the years, darro18 arquitectos has entered many large scale competitions, winning several first prizes and mentions. As a result, the office has grown with a variety of projects including retail, exclusive homes, housing blocks, and large scale urban projects. After 15 years of practice darro18 arquitectos maintains the original spirit of high quality architecture with attention to the last detail.

darro18 arquitectos establishes a strong bond with the client, providing consultation to the client’s needs and implementing all the necessary adjustments to the project. darro18 arquitectos offers project and technical management from the design phase to final construction, coordinating structural and technical engineers, landscape architects, and general contractors in order to achieve a final product of the very highest quality.

the team

José Luis Gahona Fraga

Born in 1968 in Madrid, Spain. He received his Degree in Architecture from Cornell University in 1991 and the Paris Prize the same year. In 1994 he received his Masters in Architecture from Harvard University.
During 1993 he worked in César Portela‘s studio as an Intern architect and between 1994 and 2000 in Rafael Moneo‘s studio as a design architect. In 2000 he founded darro18 architects with Juan Rodriguez Villa (partner until 2013). He has been a design professor in the Alfonso X University between 2000 and 2007 and in San Pablo CEU University between 2007 and 2014.


Staff (since 2001)

Juan Rodriguez-Villa (partner)
Angel Romero (structure)
Sergio M. Robres
Manuel R. Vizán
Goizeder Arteche

Alberto Linares
Manuel Navarro
Jorge G. Ferrer
Ricardo Gonzalez
Roger Cirera

Alicia Domingo
Ismael Fraile
Rafael A. Rementería
Jorge Cuartas
David Mata

Eva LLorente
Alfredo Carrato
Moritz Bayer
Alberto Iranzo
Fernando Miñarro

Our Clients

We’re fortunate to have worked with some great brands.



2011 1st Prize
Private Residence
La Moraleja, Madrid

2010 Honorable Mention
Neanderthal Museum Competition in Piloña
Regional Council, Asturias

2007 1st Prize
Social Housing Competition in Utiel
Spanish Ministry of Housing, SEPES

2005 1st Prize
Social Housing Competition in Parla
Town council of Parla, Madrid.

2005 1st Prize
Social Housing Competition in Lalín
Town council of Lalín, Orense.

2005 1st Prize
Social Housing Competition in Daimiel
Town council of Daimiel, Ciudad Real.

2004 1st Prize
Social Housing Competition in El Pedernoso
Regional Council, Castilla-La-Mancha

2004 3rd Prize
“Fuente del Berro” Sports Facilities Competition in Madrid
Salamanca District´s Municipal Committee, Madrid

2004 2nd Prize
Social Housing Competition in Priego
Regional Council, Castilla-La-Mancha

2002 2nd Prize
Exhibition Centre Competition in Caldas de Rei
Regional Council, Galicia

1998 Finalist
(JRV with Mauricio Bertet, Eduardo Miralles, Mariano Molina y Lori Burns)
Europan 5 Competition in Cartagena

1996 1st Prize
(JGF with Mauricio Bertet, Eduardo Miralles y Hayden Salter)
Exhibition Centre Competition in A Cañiza
Regional Council, Galicia


Exhibition Centre. Monforte de Lemos, Lugo.
Obradoiro 26, 1997, p. 142-143

Cañiza Exhibition Center, Vigo.
Obradoiro 26, 1997, p. 147

Exhibition Centre, Caldas de Reis, Pontevedra
Obradoiro 30, 2003, p. 109
La Voz de Galicia, 17/04/2002, p. 8
Diario de Pontevedra, 17/04/2002, p. 21

65 unit Social Housing Building. Utiel, Valencia
Proyecto Viva, 2008, SEPES/COAM, p. 220-223
Hábitat Futura 17, 2008, p. 32
AV Proyectos 17, 2006, p. 58-59
Cultivos de Ciudad 5.688 Paisajes Modernos. SEPES 2009, p. 70-77
Instrumentos de Proyecto 5.688 Paisajes Domésticos. SEPES 2009, p.66

Manuel Fraga Iribarne Foundation. Villalba, Lugo
EL PAIS (Galicia), 22/12/2007, p. 3
La Voz de Galicia, 22/12/2007, p. L11
La Voz de Galicia, 19/03/2008, p. L8

Library and University Extension of UIB. Ibiza
El Mundo (Islas Baleares), 17/03/2006, p. 12
Diario de Ibiza, 17/03/2006, p. 20
Ultima Hora Ibiza, 17/03/2006, p. 7

Private House Renovation and Extensión. Villalba, Lugo
http:, 2007

40 unit Social Housing Building. Parla, Madrid
http:, 2009

Blanca Soto Gallery, Madrid
ABC Cultural, 19/02/2005, p. 32, 15/12/2006
ABC Cultural, 18/04/2009, p.31