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RICARDO BOFILL Architecture Firm

Location: Spain
Date of establishment: 1965
 
Introduction:Rafael Moneo's works cover a wide range of fields, and he divides his career into two parts: education and practice. Whether in terms of education or practice, he rejects modern buildings that have a short lifespam, and stresses the significance of architects trying to create "permanent monuments" for the society. Unlike many modern architects, Moneo pays little attention to the fusion of pragmatism and expressionism that prevails in Europe. He sets up a gentle explanation for the traditions of the Germanic people and the Netherlanders. This explanation is clearly reflected in the works of the 1960s. While the "short-lived building" ethos is on the rise, Moneo is committed to maintaining the architectural function. He believes that architecture is a huge historical carrier, which is created by architects through careful consideration and research of resources, and constant in-depth improvement. As an architect and educator, Moneo is still one of the most significant role models in the world of architecture because of his insight into the nature of architecture and his insistence on architecture.
 
Relevant projects:
Library of the University of Deusto
Museo Nacional del Prado
Savard Housing
Kassar Auditorium and Convention Centre
Foreground Building
National Roman Museum
International Bank Building


Personal Experiences and Awards:
May 1937: born in Tudela, Navarra, Spain
1961: received a bachelor's degree in Architecture from the School of Architecture, University of Madrid
1962: worked for the architecture firm of the architect John Ljtzon
1963-1965: conducted research work in Academia de Espana
1965: received a doctorate in architecture from the School of Architecture, University of Madrid
1965: set up his own firm in Madrid
1966-1980: taught at the School of Architecture, University of Madrid
1970: awarded the Architectural Theory Education Award at the School of Architecture, University of Madrid
1980-1985: served as Chair Professor, School of Architecture, University of Madrid
1985-1990: served as Dean of Harvard Graduate School of Design  
1991: awarded the honorary title of Professor Josep Luis Sert of Harvard Graduate School of Design.
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