José Rafael Moneo, born in 1937 in Tudela, Navarra,
obtained his architectural degree in 1961
from the ETSAM (Escuela Técnica Superior de
Arquitectura de Madrid). While still a student,
he worked with Francisco Javier Sáenz de Oiza.
When he had completed his degree, he went to
Hellebæck, Denmark, to work with Jørn Utzon.
From 1984 to 1990 Moneo was chairman of the
architecture department of the Harvard University
Graduate School of Design.
Moneo has won gold medals from the French
Academy of Architecture and the International
Union of Architects, the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial
Prize from the American Academy of Arts
and Letters, and the Spanish government’s highest
honor, the Gold Medal for Achievement in
the Arts. In 1996 he won the Pritzker Prize in architecture,
and in 2003 he accepted the British
Royal Medal of Architecture. Mohsen Mostafavi,
chairman of the Architectural Association, noted
that Moneo 'is the closest embodiment we have
of the idea of the Renaissance architect – practitioner,
teacher, theorist, critic, deeply knowledgeable
on the arts.'
In Spain his mark is seen everywhere – from
the airport in Seville to the high-speed-train station
in Madrid, the National Bank of Spain, and
the Museo del Prado. These projects represent
the best of Spanish efforts to build a 21st-century
public infrastructure. They also exemplify
Moneo’s devotion to the culture and architectural
history of his native land, showing a refined sensitivity
to site and context.
Outside Spain, Moneo’s most notable projects
– the Davis Museum and Cultural Center
at Wellesley, Massachusetts, the Audrey Jones
Beck Building at the Museum of Fine Arts in
Houston, Texas, the New Studios Building at the
Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills,
Michigan, the Museum of Modern Art and Architecture
in Stockholm, and the Arenberg Campus
Library of the Catholic University of Leuven in
Louvain-la-Neuve – have attracted much attention.
The new Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
in Los Angeles has drawn more than one
million visitors in the first year it opened.
Juan Antonio Cortés has a doctorate in architecture
from the ETSAM and is professor of architectural
composition at the ETSAV (Escuela Técnica
Superior de Arquitectura de Valladolid). Duccio
Malagamba collaborates with such prominent
architects as Alvaro Siza, Herzog & de Meuron,
Rafael Moneo, and Coop Himmelb(l)au, among
many others. After graduating in architecture from
Genoa University, he moved to Barcelona to work
as an architect. In 1991 he decided to devote himself
entirely to architectural photography.