Vicente Guallart is a Spanish architect. He was the Chief Architect of Barcelona City Council between 2011 and 2015.
Guallart, who was born in Valencia in 1963, opened his studio in Barcelona in 1992. He was co-founder of the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) and was its director from 2003 until 2011. He was director of the Master of Advanced Architecture [clarification needed] from 2001 until 2011, co-organized by the IAAC and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.
Guallart works at the confluence of architecture, nature and technology. Some of his more relevant projects are the Denia Mountain (reconstruction of an old quarry, in an environment that hold and old Arab castle, selected for the Venice Biennale 2004), three ports in north Taiwan that will improve the tourism in the island (winners of two international competitions), or the Sharing Tower in the neighbourhood of la Torre (Valencia).
He spent part of his time with research and educational projects as former director of the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IaaC), in Barcelona, that holds an international postgraduate program on Architecture and Urbanism working in many scales “from Bits to geography”. In 2000 he co-directed with MIT’s Media Lab and another research Center, the Media House Project, the prototype of an informational house, based for the first time, in distributed computation. From 2015 he directing the master program ‘Prototyping Future Cities’ at the Graduate School of Urbanism of the National Research University – Higher School of Economics in Moscow.
He is author of the master Plan of the project Sociópolis, a housing project in Valencia that allows the urban development and the protection of the agriculture environment. He coordinates a group of international architects that will build different equipments and housing projects in this neighbourhood. This project was shown in the Valencia Biennale, or the Architekturzentrum in Vienna.
He is co-author of the Metapolis Dictionary of Advanced Architecture (Actar), HiperCatalonia or Media House Project. The Korean publishing house DD dedicates the monograph “Intelligent realities” to his work. Actar publishing house is preparing his new book “Media, Mountains and Architecture”. The “Re-Naturalisation” published by Beijing-based AADCU.
He has given lectures in different Universities and Cities around the world as Princeton University, Penn, Architectural Association, UCLA, MIT, Space (Seoul), Woodbury University, Taipei and others. His work has been exhibit in the Biennale di Venezia in 2000 (in the Arsenale, with the group Metapolis), 2004 (in the Arsenale with the Denia Mountain Project), 2008 (in Arsenale with Hyperhabitat in collaboration with IAAC and CBA’s MIT), 2010 (in the Spanish Pavilion with the Fab Lab House) and 2012 (in the Spanish pavilion, as chief architect of Barcelona, with Portes de Collserola and City Protocol).
Sharin Tower was selected for the exhibition “On Site: New Spanish Architecture” in 2006 at MOMA in New York City. The American Institute of Architects organized a solo exhibition in Washington in 2010 under the title “Geologics”.