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Architect and painter Juan Navarro Baldeweg gives the keynote speech "Materia, Signos, Nada" at the UA


Alicante, 9th February 2012

On Friday 10th February, the renowned architect, sculptor and painter Juan Navarro Baldeweg, will participate in the celebration of the Cultural Month at the UA Higher Polytechnic College. Baldeweg will give the keynote speech "Materia, Signos, Nada" at the Optics Building's Assembly Hall, at 1 pm and it will be presented by lecturer Jose Maria Torres Nadal, from the Department of Cartography and Graphic Expression.

The internationally well-known career of humanist Juan Navarro Baldeweg was highlighted with the award of the Medal of Architecture in 2008.


Juan Navarro Baldeweg

(Santander, 1939). Spanish architect, painter and sculptor who has contributed with an innovative approach to building techniques, in which the work is understood as an object for the activation of the existing physical context.

 He graduated in 1965 from the School of Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Madrid, where he also received his doctoratal degree in 1969. He has been guest lecturer at Philadelphia, Yale, Princeton, and at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, and Barcelona. Between 1959 and 1960 he studied engraving at the School of Fine Arts of San Fernando. He is Professor of the Department of Architectural Design at the same school he graduated. He has combined his career as an architect with the study and practice of painting, sculpture and works, as well as of art critics like Angel Gonzalez, Juan Jose Lahuerta or William Curtis have been associated with the links of the avant-garde of the twentieth century tradition lines archaic.

In his early career, he worked in the studio of the architect Alejandro de la Sota. In 1974, he was awarded a scholarship from the Juan March Foundation to pursue postgraduate studies at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge (Massachusetts), where he studied with Gyorgy Kepes. In the 1980s, he started his architectural practice in Madrid. In his architectural work, he has been related to that made by his peers Alvaro Siza Vieira and Rafael Moneo.

In 1998, he received the Tessenow Gold Medal awarded by the Alfred Toepfer Stiftung FVS for the whole of his work. He is a permanent member of the Royal Academic of Fine Arts of San Fernando.  and member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.




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