"Estudio Viaplana-Piñón"

Estudio Viaplana-Piñón was a minimalist and modern Catalan studio, which remained active until 1997, the year in which they separated their professional paths.

Helium Pinion
He was born at the end of 1942 in Onda (Castellón). He is an Architect (1966) and a Doctor of Architecture (1976) from the Escola Tècnica Superior d ’Architecture of Barcelona (ETSAB), where he began his teaching activity in the early seventies. He trained as an architect collaborating with Albert Viaplana, between 1967 and 1997.

Professor of Architecture Projects since 1979, he was a founding member of the magazine Arquitectura Bis.

Author of more than twenty books whose theoretical center of gravity is the aesthetic sense and the validity of modern architecture, he is also the author of several dozen articles, published in specialized Spanish and foreign magazines, and has given hundreds of conferences. and classes before the most varied audiences.

He regularly teaches postgraduate courses in Latin American architecture schools, among which those of Buenos Aires and Rosario (Argentina), Montevideo (Uruguay), Porto Alegre and Sao Paulo (Brazil), Santiago (Chile), Caracas (Venezuela), Bogotá stand out. (Colombia), La Paz (Bolivia) and Cuenca (Ecuador). He is an Extraordinary Professor at the School of Architecture of the University of Navarra.

Between 1998 and 2002 he was vice-rector for Cultural Programs at the UPC. He is a full member of the Royal Academy of Doctors. Between 1999 and 2007, he developed his professional activity in the Architecture Laboratory. ETSAB. CPU.

At present, he focuses his activity on the elaboration of urban projects from an architectural perspective - and with a definition. Such activity is stimulated by - and directed at - teaching at the Faculties of Architecture that he visits regularly.

Albert Viaplana
He was born in 1933 in Barcelona. He graduated in architecture from ETSAB in 1966, where he worked as a teacher since 1978.

Associated with his colleague Helio Piñón in 1974, they have been described as minimalist and modern, rationally and harmoniously applying traditional regional features. His work is the Plaza de la Estación, from 1983, characterized by deconstructivism. Albert Viaplana is the author of some of the main landmarks of contemporary Barcelona.

At the end of 1997 Helio Piñón decided to separate, mainly due to the increasing weight of Viaplana in the works of both, generating architectures with which Piñón did not end up identifying. Finally, Albert Viaplana passed away on May 14, 2014.