Rafael Moneo, courage and conviction

The Museum of Roman Art of Merida, The Kursaal of San Sebastian and other important works are showed today by Rafael Moneo, the only prize Pritzker of Architecture born in Spain and teacher of several generations of national and international architects.

It obtains the architect’s title in the Technical Top School of Architecture of Madrid, where it graduated in 1961. During his studies he collaborated in several projects with Francisco Javier Sáenz de Oiza (1956-1961). It was employed later during the year 1961 and 1962 at Jorn Utzon’s office at Hellebaek (Denmark), the author of the famous building of Sídney’s opera.

In 1963 it received a scholarship of two years to study in the Academy of Spain in Rome, stay that had great influence on his later work. It returned to Spain in 1965 and was first an assistant teacher in the School of Architecture of Madrid (1966-1970). In 1972 it gained the Chair of Elements of Composition in the ETSAB, which led him to living for almost ten years in Barcelona, until in 1980 it gained the opposition to professor of composition in the School of Architecture of Madrid, which it left after a few years of exercise.

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