Architect in Spanish “arquitecto”

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What is Architect in Spanish?

Simply put, Architect in Spanish is arquitecto (when referring to a male architect), for example “I am an architect” is Soy arquitecto.

With 329 million native speakers, it’s not surprising that this is such a popular question, with Spanish ranking as the world’s number 2 language in terms of how many people speak it as a first language.

Which is interestingly only slightly ahead of English which sits in third place with 328 million, but both are far behind the world’s winner (Chinese) of 1.2 billion.

What is female architect in Spanish?

Female architect in Spanish is arquitecta, which interestingly also shares a similar female pronunciation with the Spanish translation of Architecture, which is Arquitectura.

Other abbreviations of architect in Spanish may be the Catalan pronunciation ‘arquitecte’ , used by such practices as the Pritzer Prize winning RCR Arquitectes , and home to Antoni Gaudi and his prestigious “Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família”.

For those who don’t know, Catalonia is a northeastern region of Spain, home to the Pyrenees Mountains and the regional capital Barcelona, which as above has helped to produce some of Spain’s most famous and world renowned architects and architecture.

Spanish architects

Spain has and is responsible for numerous of the world’s famous architects, as well as many who are nationally renowned, including:

Alberto Campo Baeza

Spanish architect Alberto Campo Baeza has been the Head Professor of Design at the School of Architecture of Madrid ETSAM since 1986. He has built a prestigious selected number of very precise buildings and has received many awards.

Born: 14 October 1946 (age 72 years) in Valladolid, Spain

Education: Superior Technical School of Architecture of Madrid, Technical University of Madrid

Buildings:  De Blas House, Caja de Granada, Offices in Zamora, Turégano House

Alejandro de la Sota

Alejandro de la Sota Martínez was born in Pontevedra in Galicia, and graduated from the Technical University of Madrid in 1941 where between 1956 and 1972 he was also a professor. After graduation, de la Sota continued to live in Madrid, although he maintained links with his native Galicia.

Born: 20 October 1913 in Pontevedra, Spain

Died: 14 February 1996, Madrid, Spain

Education: Superior Technical School of Architecture of Madrid

Buildings: Pavillón Municipal dos Deportes de Pontevedra, Gobierno Civil de Tarragona

Antoni Gaudi

Antoni Gaudí i Cornet was best known as a practitioner of Catalan Modernism. Gaudí's works have a highly individualized and one-of-a-kind style. Most are located in Barcelona, including his main work, the church of the Sagrada Família (still being constructed).

Born: 25 June 1852, Reus, Spain

Died: 10 June 1926, Barcelona, Spain

Artworks: Vitrina Comella

Buildings: Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Musée d'Orsay, Casa Batllo, Sagrada Familia

Carme Pigem

Carme Pigem Barceló is a member of the Pritzker Prize-winning architectural Catalan architecture firm RCR Arquitectes, together with Ramón Vilalta and Rafael Aranda. 

Born: 18 April 1962 (age 56 years), Olot, Spain

Buildings: Musée Soulages

Awards: Pritzker Architecture Prize, International FAD Opinion Award

Carme Pinos

Pinós graduated Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Barcelona (ETSAB) in Barcelona in 1979. She formed a partnership with her husband, Enric Miralles, which ended in 1991, where Pinós set up her own studio.

Born: 23 June 1954 (age 64 years), Barcelona, Spain

Buildings: Caixa Forum Zaragoza, Pedestrian Bridge in Petrer, La Serra High School in Mollerussa, Cube Tower in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Archery Pavilion

Awards: 2007 First Prize of the IX Biennial of Spanish Architecture

Emilio Tunon

Mansilla + Tuñón Architects received the Gold Medal of Merit in the Fine Arts from the Spanish Ministry of Culture. Alvarez graduated from the ETSAM School of Architecture in 1981, obtaining a PhD in 1998. 

Born: 1 January 1959 (age 60 years), Madrid, Spain

Buildings: Royal Collections Museum, Biblioteca Regional Joaquín Leguina, Gastropavilion ETH Zurich

Awards: Gold Medal of Merit in the Fine Arts, FAD Award for Architecture

Joaquín Vaquero Palacios

Upon he obtaining his architect title in 1927 , Palacios joined his brother-in-law's studio in Oviedo. before working in the Spanish Academy of Fine Arts , where he became director, and devoted himself entirely to painting.

Born: 9 June 1900, Oviedo, Spain

Died: 28 October 1998, Madrid, Spain

Buildings: Gas factory of Oviedo, Food Market, Santiago de Compostela,National Institute of Forecast, Spanish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale ,

Francisco Javier Sáenz de Oiza

Francisco Javier Sáenz de Oiza went to school in Seville and studied architecture in Madrid. He later became the director of the Madrid School of Architecture, and is considered to be one of the most influential Spanish architects during the second half of the 20th century

Born: 12 October 1918, Cáseda, Spain

Died: 18 July 2000, Madrid, Spain

Buildings: Torre Blancas, Sanctuary of Arantzazu, Torre Triana

Josep Antoni Coderch

Josep Antoni Coderch i de Sentmenat was a Catalonian architect recognized as one of the most important post-World War II Spanish architects.

Born: 26 November 1913, Barcelona, Spain

Died: 6 November 1984, Barcelona, Spain

Buildings: Güell House, Rozés House, La Barceloneta 

Rafael Moneo

José Rafael Moneo Vallés won the Pritzker Prize for architecture in 1996 and the RIBA Royal Gold Medal in 2003. He is known for designs that seamlessly incorporate both contemporary and historically referential elements

Born: 9 May 1937 (age 81 years), Tudela, Spain

Buildings: Logrono Town Square, Bankinter, Atocha Station

Awards: Pritzker Architecture Prize, Praemium Imperiale, Royal Gold Medal, UIA Gold Medal

Ricardo Bofill

Ricardo Bofill Leví leads the international architectural and urban design practice Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura. At the age of 17, he designed his first project, a summer home in Ibiza, and by 23, became lead architect of el Taller. Over fifty years later he now has over 1000 projects to in over 50 countries.

Born: 5 December 1939 (age 79 years), Barcelona, Spain

Buildings: Walden 7, Cement Factory, La Muralla Rojain Alicante

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Santiago Calatrava

Santiago Calatrava Valls is a structural design and analyst engineer, sculptor and painter, particularly known for his bridges supported by single leaning pylons, and his railway stations, stadiums, and museums, whose sculptural forms often resemble living organisms.

Born: 28 July 1951 (age 67 years), Benimàmet, Valencia

Significant projects: Athens Olympic Sports Complex,  Auditorio de Tenerife, Puente del Alamillo, City of Arts and Sciences

Awards: European Prize for Architecture, AIA Gold Medal

Spanish architecture

Equally Spain is home to a vast amount of iconic architecture designed not just by Spanish architects but by some the world’s best such as:

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, and Hotel Marques de Riscal in Elciego, Rioja by Frank Gehry

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Agbar Tower, Barcelona by Jean Nouvel Architects

Centro Niemeyer, Avilés by Oscar Niemeyer architect

America’s Cup Pavilion by David Chipperfield Architects with b720

Barajas Airport – New Area Terminal by Richard Rogers Pshp., Estudio Lamela

Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art by Richard Meier & Partners, Architect

Barcelona Pavilion Building by Mies van der Rohe, Architect

Carabanchel 16 housing, Madrid by Foreign Office Architects

Camp Nou Stadium Redevelopment by Foster + Partners

Metropol Parasol, Seville by Jürgen Mayer