2010 Jury Member

The Rolex Awards for Enterprise

Location: Spain

Vicente Guallart
Spain, Born 1963

Hailed as one of Spain’s most exciting architects, Vicente Guallart has attracted international attention for his innovative work that connects architecture, nature and new technologies.

His collaborations with diverse specialists — from geologists to sociologists and software designers — blur traditional boundaries. For Guallart, “architects cannot merely be passive problem-solvers”, but must actively seek new solutions to “the art of dwelling”.

He started Guallart Architects in Barcelona in 1993, and since then has initiated numerous award-winning projects in Spain and abroad. Among his most lauded are the Denia Mountain project (the reconstruction of a quarry, selected for the 2004 Venice Biennale), three harbours in Taiwan, the master plan for the Sociópolis housing project in Valencia, Valencia’s Sharing Tower and the Artificial Mountain in Wroclaw, Poland, for Expo 2012.

Guallart’s interest in architectural research and education is exemplified by the Media House Project, which he co-directed with the MIT Media Lab, in 2000. In 2003, he was named director of the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia post-graduate programme. Guallart frequently lectures at leading universities and institutions around the world and has written authoritative works, including the Metapolis Dictionary of Advanced Architecture (co-author, 2003) and Geologics (2009).

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