Arquia/Maestros 02 · Rafael Moneo

RAFAEL MONEO. Interviewed by Luis Fernandez-Galiano

RAFAEL MONEO VALLÉS (Tudela, 1937) is the only Prize Spanish Pritzker, but close to the artistic excellence that this distinction celebrates, the influential path of the of Navarre architect is marked by the intellectual dimension of his projects and for a pedagogic vocation that has expressed across his generous dedication to the education in Madrid, Barcelona and Harvard’s American university.

Luis Fernandez-Galiano’s interview crosses meticulously the milestones of his long career, from his formation with Oíza and Utzon, and the key years of his stay in the Academy of Spain in Rome, which they led him to forming a synthesis of modernity and classicism in refined and contextual works as Bankinter’s headquarters of Madrid, the Town hall of Logrono or the Museum of Roman Art of Merida, a magisterial accomplishment that would consolidate his international prestige; you work all of them, as the numerous later museums – from Stockholm to Houston-, the Kursaal of San Sebastian, the Cathedral of Los Angeles or the exquisite extension of the Town hall of Murcia, which the architect has understood as constructed lessons, exemplary expressions of a variety of problems you will discipline that it approaches by means of the tool of the project.

AUTHOR of the LIBRETTO. Luis Fernández-Galiano

He is an architect, project professor in the School of Architecture of the Technical University of Madrid and the director of the magazines AV/Arquitectura Viva from 1985. Between 1993 and 2006 it was at the expense of the weekly page of architecture of the diary El País newspaper, where nowadays he collaborates in the section of Opinion. Member of number of the Royal Academy of Fine arts of San Fernando and of the Doctors’ Royal Academy, is International Fellow of the RIBA, has been Cullinan Professor in the University of Curl, Franke Fellow in the University of Yale, investigative visitor in the Center Getty of Los Angeles and critical visitor in Harvard and Princeton, as well as in the Institute Berlage; and Menéndez Pelayo has directed courses of the universities and Complutensian. He was also the director of the international congresses of architecture ‘ More for less ‘ (2010) and ‘ The common thing ‘ (2012). President of the juror in 9 ª Biennial show of Architecture of Venice, expert and juror of the European prize Mies van der Rohe, has been a commissioner of the exhibitions The private space, Eurasia Carries to extremes (in Tokyo and in Madrid), Bucky Fuller and Spaceship Earth and Jean Prouvé: made beauty (these two last ones with Norman Foster), as well as of Spain mon amour (in 13 ª Biennial show of Architecture of Venice and in Madrid) and The Architect is Present.Likewise, it has formed a part of the juror of numerous international contests in Europe, America and Asia, including those of the National Library of Mexico, the National Museum of Art of China and Israel’s National Library, in the latter case as president. Between his books they tell themselves The modern chimera, The fire and the memory (published in English with the title Fire and Memory), Spain Builds (with the MoMA in the English version, and presented in his Chinese version with symposiums in Shanghái and Pekin) and Atlas, architectures of the 21st century, a series of four volumes.

RAFAEL MONEO. Interviewed by Luis Fernandez-Galiano

Director of the documentary: Joan Úbeda and Gilbert Arroyo

Author of the libretto: Luis Fernández-Galiano

Year of Production:2013

Format: DVD

Duration: 75′

Collection: arquia/maestros

Nº of the collection: 2

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