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Fernando Olba Rallo studied Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Valencia, completing his degree in 1987, and received his Master of Architecture from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, in 1993.

From 1990 to 1994 he lived in Los Angeles, CA, where he was a teacher assistant at the USC School of Architecture. He collaborated with prof. Panos Koulermos in his project for a Conference Center at the University of Crete and as assistant in the monograph that was published by Academy Editions about prof. Koulermos in 1994. In 1993 he worked for Anshen & Allen LA, in his Project for the new Panorama City Hospital. In 1994, Fernando Olba was awarded the first prize in the Europan 3 international competition with a project of requalification of more than 80,000 m² in the city of Ourense, Spain, which provided him the opportunity to return to Spain. In July of 1999 Fernando was selected as Design Director at Santiago Calatrava´s office in Valencia with whom he collaborated until November of 2000 coordinating all his projects in Spain.

Fernando has taught and lectured at the Schools of Architecture of Valencia and Venice, the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, the Villa Olmo in Como, the Instituto Galego da Vivenda e Solo in Santiago de Compostela, the Nederlands Architectuurinstituut (Nai) in Rotterdam, and the International Conference Center in Geneva. In 2008 was invited as guest lecturer and profesor at the International Summer School “The urban explosion. Governing urban development” organized by the Faculty of Architecture in Alghero, Italy.

Since 2001 he runs his own office, FERNANDO OLBA Arquitectura + Urbanismo, in Valencia, Spain. Amongst his main works it is worth consider the nursery school at Benicassim (2001-2005); the Henri Matisse secondary school at La Cañada, (2003-2010); the renovation of the nursery school pavilion at Villar Palasi primary school in Valencia, (2008); the new office building for Inside & Technology at Paterna, (2003-05); the El Terç sport facilities (2007-2009) and the renovation of Los Faroles neighbourhood (2006-2010), both for the municipality of Alaquas and the industrial building for Solera at Paterna (2005-2008) which in collaboration with Webb & Yates Engineers was awarded a Commendation Award for Industrial or Process Structures by the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) from UK.

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