Rafael Contreras Morales
B.Arch (UPC), M.Arch (Architectural Association), CAP 9272
Rafael Contreras is an Architect and a founding director of Contreras Earl Architecture. Rafael was born in Lima, Peru. He studied at the Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC) and he co-founded his first architecture firm in 2004. In 2007 Rafael moved to London to study at the Architectural Association and two years later he received a Master degree of Architecture and Urbanism (AA Design Research Lab). His Thesis project received Distinction and was widely published. On graduation from the Architectural Association he joined Zaha Hadid Architects where he worked for seven years and became a Lead Designer in 2012. He worked directly under Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumaher and was involved in the design of large infrastructure projects such as the Grand Theatre in Rabat Morocco, The Tokyo National Stadium and the Beijing’s Daxing Airport (set to be the world’s largest airport).
Rafael was also the Lead Designer and Project Architect for the winning competitions of three of ZHA’s largest projects in Australia, ''Mayfair'' in St. Kilda - Melbourne, ‘’Grace on Coronation’’ in Brisbane and ''Mariner's Cove'' in the Gold Coast . ''Mayfair'' is a $330 million 20 storey Luxury residential building located in St. Kilda road in Melbourne. Grace on Coronation is a new residential complex that is located at the prime riverfront site of Toowong, west of Brisbane CBD. The proposed development includes three sculptural residential towers comprising of 486 apartments and eight riverfront villas, 635 carparks and 7,300sqm of landscaped public parklands. The new Mariner’s Cove precinct will include two 40 stories towers, a cultural centre, aquarium and museum. The proposal for this ambitious project aims to redefine the concept of iconic residential development by integrating a unique series of programmatic elements and features within the architectural scheme.
Rafael left Zaha Hadid Architecture in May of 2016 and founded Contreras Earl Architecture. Currently the practice is based in Sydney, Australia.
B.Des.Arch, M.Arch (USyd), MAUD (Harvard), ARB 10543
Monica Earl is a registered Architect and founding director of Contreras Earl Architecture trained in the fields of Architecture and Urban Design. On graduation from the University of Sydney (B.Des.Arch / M.Arch), Monica received the Royal Australian Institute of Architects Design Medal. She received the Frank Knox Fellowship to study at Harvard University, completing a Masters of Architecture and Urban Design (MAUD) at Harvard GSD. Monica’s work has been chosen for multiple exhibitions including the Harvard GSD Platform exhibition and her short films for ‘The Culture Now Project,’ a collaborative media platform, exhibited at the Pratt Institute in New York as part of the Future Cities exhibition.
Monica’s international outlook extends to her professional experience, having worked in leading design-oriented firms in London, Sydney and Amsterdam. Most recently at Foster + Partners in the London office she was part of the design and documentation core team for a 1.5 million sq. ft retail and office tower development in the Dubai International Financial District in the UAE (due for completion 2018). The project is seen as one of Dubai’s most prestigious developments, combining world class office space with a major civic plaza to become a new social focus and sets a benchmark for a major enhancement of public space and urban character in Dubai.
Prior to this she was a Research Assistant at Farshid Moussavi’s London office (FMA) working on Farshid’s latest publication ‘The Function of Style.’ Monica has also worked in London for Carmody Groarke where she was the Project Architect on the design conversion of a Grade 2 listed 19th Century scenery painting workshop. At Carmody Groarke she was also a designer on many art installations including a temporary art gallery for White Cube in the grounds of the historical Glyndeborne Opera, and an exhibition at the British Museum on Japanese male fashion from the Edo period.