Holds a B.S in Interiors from Maestro Mateo School of Art and Crafts, Spain and a B.S in Architecture with honours from Pratt Institute School of Architecture. She is principal of Atelier Malvar+ Tusch .Llc. in New York, where she specializes as a designer and brand/commerce consultant.
She has been head architect for the international brand Zara (Inditex), conceptualising new prototype shops to be implemented worldwide with a team of experts. She also has overseen international brand expansion and construction management for brands like Camper (shoe Company), Mango (clothing Company), Tous (Jewelery Company) and Desigual in the last past years. She has designed and supervised implementation of international shops for more than thirty locations worldwide. Carmen works regularly as consultant with the Trade Commission of Spain in New York among others institutions, where her aim is to implement and develop strategies for brands where the design production is encouraged to enable local suppliers to be part of the local and global process without losing identity. Carmen is working on the research department at ELISAVA to create a structure that allows all developed research to be applied in a centre activity for the European retailers, as well as one step forward on sustainable approach.
She brings her findings to Fashion Institute of Technology in New York as well, where she also collaborates on the Brand Management Certificate Program, among other institutions. Carmen Malvar is a former Adjunct Professor at Interior Design Department at Pratt Institute, where she now teaches at the Centre for Sustainable Studies at the Design Entrepreneurship Certificate Program under the Direction of Deborah Johnson. She is also Director of the Master’s Degree in Retail Space at ELISAVA and an active member of the Retail Design Institute and the National Retail Federation USA. She lectures and implements seminars on Design, Commerce Trends and New Retail formats between New York, Spain and Latin America.