Clara Mar Hernández López is an architect with a special interest for renovations, interior architecture, and sustainable design. In her work, López explores technical and artistic methods for adapting existing buildings to evolving societal needs.
Currently she is specializing in adaptive reuse at RISD, where she is on a Fulbright scholarship. The adaptive reuse project she developed during RISD's summer programme at DIS Copenhagen was awarded with the Design Excellence Award 2015.
During the previous four years López worked at various architecture studios in The Netherlands, notably Cruz y Ortiz, Concrete and HofmanDujardin. Projects she contributed to include, amongst others, the renovation of the Rijksmuseum and two Dutch ministerial offices, as well as the design of the ING headquarters, W Hotels and the WTC Food Court at Ground Zero.
López holds a Master of Science in architecture from the University of Seville, where she was awarded with a scholarship to complete one semester at the Eindhoven University of Technology (NL). During her studies she also obtained a research scholarship to investigate construction systems in renovations and rehabilitations at the architectonics construction department.