JUAN DOMINGO SANTOS, architect from the School of Architecture of Seville (1986), professor of architectural projects at the School of Architecture of Granada since 1994, visiting professor at the Technischen Univertät München (Germany, 2010) and has been a visiting professor at various international schools of architecture.
With his work, he develops a line of research on architectural intervention on the heritage and landscapes in transformation. His projects and works have been selected in international and national exhibitions such as the 7th and 15th Biennale di Architettura di Venezia (2000 and 2016); On-Site, New Architecture in Spain organized by MoMA New York (2006); and the Spanish Architecture Biennial (1993-1994 and 2010-2011), among others. He has been nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Awards, has won the Enor prize, recognized at the XI Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism, and prize in the VIII Latin American Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism.
He has won with Alvaro Siza the international contest for the Alhambra Atrio, which is been developed nowadays.
His book “Innovated Tradition. Writing about regression and modernity” published by the Arquia Foundation in its Arquia/Thesis collection has won the FAD Award for Thought and Criticism in 2014 by the crosscutting approach to tackling the problem of architectural creativity from the encounter between tradition and modernity.
He has recently won the competition to lead the XIII Biennial of Spanish Architecture and Urbanism (2014-2015) being the Spanish Delegate for the X Biennial Iberoamericana of Architecture and Urbanism.
The model of one of his works “House in a cherry orchard” is part of the Architecture and Design permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art of New York since 2006.
His studio is located in an alcoholera tower of an old sugar factory in Granada, which is restored through a revitalization project of an industrial space as a place to live and work. He has just finished the short film ‘A meeting’ with the filmmaker Juan Bollaín, which tells its occupation of the factory and the experiments carried out since 1986, a place that has conditioned their understanding of the relationship between architecture and heritage, and whose activity has emerged as a rescue of the abandoned industrial site.