Born in Valladolid, where his grandfather was an Architect, but from the age of two, he lived in Cádiz where he saw the Light.
He is a Professor in the Madrid School of Architecture, ETSAM, where he has been a tenured Professor for more than 25 years. He has taught at the ETH in Zurich and the EPFL in Lausanne as well as the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Also in 2014 he has been elected Full Member to the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando of Spain. In 2015, he has been awarded with the BigMat 2015 in Berlin and the International Prize of Spanish Architecture.
His works have been widely recognized. From the single family houses Casa Turégano and Casa de Blas, both in Madrid, to Casa Gaspar in Cádiz. And the Olnick Spanu House in Garrison, New York. Or the Caja de Granada and the MA, both in Granada, and a nursery for Benetton in Venice. And Between Cathedrals in Cádiz, a building for Offices in Zamora, and the most recent houses, House of the Infinite in Cádiz and Raumplan House in Madrid. At present, the Sports Pavilion or the Universidad Francisco de Vitoria is under construction.
And more than 30 editions of a book with his texts “La Idea Construida” (The Built Idea) and “Pensar con las manos” (Thinking with your hands) have been published in several languages. Recently, all his work has been gathered in a book by the publishing house Thames & Hudson.
He has exhibited his work in the Crown Hall by Mies at Chicago’s IIT and at the Palladio Basilica in Vicenza. And in the Urban Center in New York. And at the Saint Irene Church in Istanbul. In 2009 the prestigious MA Gallery of Toto in Tokyo made an anthological exhibition of his work that, in 2011 was in the MAXXI in Rome. And in 2013 his work has been exhibited in the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, and in the Pibamarmi Foundation in Vicenza. In 2014 at the School of Architecture of Valencia. And in 2015, at the Oris House of Architecture, in Zagreb.