Manuel de Solà-Morales DIES

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Manuel de Solà-Morales. Born 1939. Architect and city planner, most dedicated to urban design matters. Former student of Ludovico Quaroni in Rome and Josep Lluis Sert at Harvard. Doctor in Architecture (Univ. of Barcelona), Economics (Univ. of Barcelona), Master City Planning (Univ. of Harvard).

Chair Professor of Urbanism at the School of Architecture of Barcelona. Founder and head, since 1968, of the Laboratori d’Urbanisme de Barcelona, a research group in urban morphology. Visiting courses at Cambridge UK, New York, Santiago de Chile, Lisbon, Harvard, Leuven, Milan, Naples, Caracas, Coimbra, Paris, Nanjing, Shanghai, Melbourne, Copenhaguen, etc…
Professor of the Master Course “Periphery as a project” (1991-95).
Director of the Barcelona School of Architecture from 1994 to 1998.
Fellow of Cambridge University, UK (1984).
Member of the Academie Française de l’Architecture (2003).
Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Leuven (2004).

Professional office in Barcelona. Influent on Barcelona urbanism, at the olympic works of 1992,  specially with the master ideas for the sea front transformation, and the realisation of the wide known “Moll de la Fusta”. Past urban projects for various European cities (Berlin, Salzburg, Naples, Rotterdam, Antwerpen, Thessaloniki, Genova and Trieste). Recently, he has carried out the transformation of the port area in Saint-Nazaire (France), the Stationsplein in Leuven (Belgium), the public space Winschoterkade in Groningen (Holland) and the Paseo Atlantico in Porto (Portugal). In Spain, realisation of the center “L’Illa Diagonal” in Barcelona (with Rafael Moneo), and the housing project “La Sang”, at the old center of Alcoi, Alicante.

Nowadays, he is executing new urban plans and public housing in Sant Andreu (Barcelona), Torressana (Terrassa, Barcelona) and El Carme (Reus, Tarragona); the renewal of the center of Arnhem (Holland); the seaside walk in Scheveningen (The Hague, the Netherlands); the renovation of the central area “Operaplein” in Antwerp (Belgium); and the “ multimodal pole” in Pau (France).

Author of many studies, books, articles and exhibitions.

Publisher of book series “Materiales de la ciudad” and “Ciencia urbanística”. Founder and editor of the magazines “Arquitecturas Bis”, “UR, Urbanismo-Revista”. Collaborator of “Lotus”, “Casabella”, “Perspecta”, “Archis”, “Daidalos”, “Quaderns d’Arquitectura”, etc.

Awards: “March a la investigación”, 1970; “Puig i Cadafalch”, 1981; “Nacional de Urbanismo”, 1983, “Ciutat de Barcelona”, 1986; “Bienal de Arquitectura española”, 1994; “F.A.D”., 1995; “Iber FAD”, 1999;  “Narcis Monturiol”, 2000; “Grand Prix d’Urbanisme, Europe”, 2000,Catalunya Urbanisme, 2004. Designer and producer of  “URBATAS”.


José Juan Barba (1964) architect from ETSA Madrid in 1991. Special Mention in the National Finishing University Education Awards 1991. PhD in Architecture ETSAM, 2004. He founded his professional practice in Madrid in 1992 ( He has been an architecture critic and editor-in-chief of METALOCUS magazine since 1999, and he advised different NGOs until 1997. He has been a lecturer (in Design, Theory and Criticism, and Urban planning) and guest lecturer at different national and international universities (Roma TRE, Polytechnic Milan, ETSA Madrid, ETSA Barcelona, UNAM Mexico, Univ. Iberoamericana Mexico, University of Thessaly Volos, FA de Montevideo, Washington, Medellin, IE School, U.Alicante, Univ. Europea Madrid, UCJC Madrid, ESARQ-U.I.C. Barcelona,...).

Maître de Conférences IUG-UPMF Grenoble 2013-14. Full assistant Professor, since 2003 up to now at the University of Alcalá School of Architecture, Madrid, Spain. And Jury in competitions as Quaderns editorial magazine (2011), Mies van der Rohe Awards, (2010-2024), Europan13 (2015). He has been invited to participate in the Biennale di Venezia 2016 as part "Spaces of Exception / Spazi d'Eccezione".

He has published several books, the last in 2016, "#positions" and in 2015 "Inventions: New York vs. Rem Koolhaas, Bernard Tschumi, Piranesi " and collaborations on "Spaces of Exception / Spazi d'Eccezione", "La Mansana de la discordia" (2015), "Arquitectura Contemporánea de Japón: Nuevos territorios" (2015)...


- First Prize, RENOVATION GRAN VÍA, “Delirious Gran Vía”, Madrid, Spain, 2010.
- First Prize, “PANAYIOTI MIXELI Award”. SADAS-PEA, for the Spreading of Knowledge of Architecture Athens, 2005.
- First Prize, “SANTIAGO AMÓN Award," for the Spreading of Knowledge of Architecture. 2000.
- Award, “PIERRE VAGO Award." ICAC -International Committee of Art Critics. London, 2005.
- First Prize, C.O.A.M. Madrid, 2000. Shortlisted, World Architecture Festival. Centro de Investigación e Interpretación de los Ríos. Tera, Esla y Orbigo, Barcelona, 2008.
- First Prize. FAD AWARD 07 Ephemeral Interventions. “M.C.ESCHER”. Arquin-Fad. Barcelona, Sapin 2007.




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