Ander Rodriguez Korta (Bera 1987), an architect from the School of Architecture of the University of the Basque Country since 2014, graduated with Honours for his Final Project "Entre Anverso y Reverso", a project that explores situations of borderline intensity as places of opportunity. He was distinguished with the Extraordinary End of Degree Award and the Award for the Best Academic Record in Architecture. Between 2009 and 2011 he worked in Eduardo Arroyo's studio in Madrid.
In 2012 he returned to Bera, a small village in Navarre at the foot of Mount Larun, located next to the river Bidasoa, in the lower part of the Bortziriak valley. There is an abundance of morning mist that does not disappear until midday. It is a "muga" (border) village and therefore a smugglers' village.
In 2015 he founded MUGARA Arkitektura, which in Basque means "towards the limit or border". Since then, he has been working surrounded by mountains but just 15 minutes away from the Cantabrian Sea, isolated and hyper-connected at the same time.
He is more interested in discovering than designing. He understands the architect's position as that of the smugglers, on the limit, in our case between the past and the future. In a privileged position that allows him to "steal" from the past, from the landscape, from popular knowledge... to take a step into the future in the discovery of new buildings. Buildings that are often already there, but still hidden from our eyes, waiting to be discovered.