University of Miami. School of Architecture.


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Born in Linares (Jaén) 1956, he graduated in Architecture at School of Architecture in Seville in 1982, where he obtained his Master Thesis in Architecture and Historic Heritage, (IAPH-US, 1998) and his PhD in 2007 with the research study: From Forestier to Sert: City and Architecture in Havana from 1925 to 1960. Chair Professor in Project Studio Design at ETSAS Seville, he has also been invited professor at many universities and architectural associations around the globe, especially in Hispanic America: Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador and Cuba. Among others, he gave lectures or classes at: University of Havana, Santiago de Cuba, Camagüey, Trinidad, Santa Clara and Cienfuegos, all of them in Cuba, as well as in Mianyang University (China), Tongji University Shanghai (China), Cervantes Library Shanghai (China) or RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) (London, UK).

As one of the greatest experts in Cuban architecture, he is Heritage Coordinator for the Cooperation towards Development Program in Cuba of the Regional Government of Andalusia, Heritage Development Technical Advisor for Cuba (2008-2012) at AECID (Spanish International Cooperation Agency) and Technical Advisor for the Historian Office of La Havana. He is also member of the patronage of the Contemporary Architecture Foundation in Spain.

His works have been awarded with several important prizes: Medal of the City of Trinidad (Cuba); Prize at the Havana Architectural Biennale 1999 for the Rehabilitation of Malecón 11-13-15 in Havana (Cuba); Prize at the Holguín Architectural Biennale, 2006, for the Rehabilitation of Cayo Gramma in Santiago de Cuba; XII Félix Hernández Prize as the best building in Córdoba for the Restoration of the Sala Capitular at Orive, in Cordoba (Spain) (in collaboration with BAUM LAB), and PAYS MED 2nd Prize, Mediterranean Landscape Prize for the Guadaira Riverside Park in Seville (Spain) (in collaboration with BAUM LAB).

His research activity is also wide and internationally acclaimed. He has published many articles in international magazines and he is the author of several books; among the most remarkable ones:

_Aprendiendo de La Habana. (Learning from Havana) Junta de Andalucía, Seville, 2002.

_Dos miradas: SCU-SVQ. (Two views: SCU-SVQ) Junta de Andalucía-Oficina del Conservador de Santiago de Cuba, 2006.

_De Forestier a Sert: Ciudad y Arquitectura en La Habana de 1925 a 1960. (From Forestier to Sert: City and Architecture in Havana from 1925 to 1960) Abada Publishers, Madrid, 2008.

_Embajada de España antiguo palacio de Velasco y Sarrá (The Spanish Embassy, Ancient Velasco and Sarra’s Palace) (2008)

_La Habana_Ciudad Bahía. (Havana: Harbour City) Junta de Andalucía-Historian Office of La Havana, 2011.

_La Plaza Vieja de La Habana. El proceso de recuperación. (Old Square in Havana: a Process of Recovery) Historian Office of Havana, 2011.

_La Habana_Lugares de Ciudadanía. (Havana, Places of Citizenship) Junta de Andalucía- Historian Office of Havana, 2013.