Information about the speakers
The challenge of inclusion in European cities of the 21st century
Inés Sánchez de Madariaga is Director of the UNESCO Chair on Gender and Chair of the Gender Advisory Group to the Executive Director of UN-Habitat.
A former Fulbright scholar, Sánchez de Madariaga has been at a visiting professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of California of Los Angeles (UCLA), Columbia University in New York, London School of Economics, Bauhaus School of Architecture.
She has been a member of the European Commission’s Helsinki Group on Women in Science and co-Director of the Gendered Innovation project at Stanford University. She has directed around fifty research projects funded by: The European Commission, Spanish National R&D&I Plan, multilateral development banks, and other private and public entities.
She has been the Director of the Women in Science Unit at the Secretary of State for R&D&I, Advisor to the Minister for Housing, Advisor to the Minister for Science and Innovation, Deputy Director General of Architecture, and member of the Board of the Public Rental Company.
Sánchez de Madariaga has written over a hundred articles in professional journals and a dozen books, two of which – Engendering Cities, Routledge, and Fair Shared Cities, Ashgate – have been published internationally. She is a patron of the International Plan, a member of the Spanish Sustainable Development Network (REDS) Advisory Board and of the Scientific Committee of the Women for Africa Foundation, as well as being Vice-President of the UN-Habitat General Assembly of Partners.
“Rethinking the urban against inequality: Regenerating neighbourhoods.”
1. Recovery funds
Recovery funds have to go when they are most needed: The vulnerable neighbourhoods
Agustín Hernández Aja has a PhD in Architecture from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, has been Deputy Rector for Urban Development, Sustainability and InterCampus Mobility from April 2016 to the present, was director of the Urban and Spatial planning Department at the Madrid School of Architecture (ETSAM) from 2009 to 2016, and secretary of the Department from 2001 to 2009, and, founder of the Initiative for More Sustainable Architecture and Urban Development (IAU+S).
He has been a tenured professor since 2019. Professor on the University Master’s Degree in Urban and Spatial planning and PhD programmes of the DUyOT in Spain and Chile. Winner of Madrid City Council’s Urban Design Prize and the Fernández de los Ríos Essay Prize for his book, Los nuevos ensanches de Madrid.
Drafting different municipal planning documents (general and development) in various autonomous regions. That provided him with sufficient practical experience to develop practical and theoretical teaching programmes on the practice and theory of urban development. He is a member of COAM (Madrid Professional Association of Architects) and is on its urban development and refurbishment committees, and coordinator of the sustainability committee.
Hernández Aja has led several research projects of the Spanish National R&D&I Plan and the lead researcher appointed by a competitive selection process into urban vulnerability, sustainability and resilience from 2012 to the present.
ORAIN Otxar, an urban regeneration experience in Bilbao
Txari Vallejo qualified as an architect at the Madrid School of Architecture (ETSAM). He has a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning Law from the Basque School of Urban and Territorial Studies (EVETU-IVAP). Post-graduate in Management of Urban Regeneration and Rehabilitation from EVETU-IVAP.
He is currently Manager of the Housing Promotion Area at Bilbao Municipal Housing (OAL Viviendas Municipales de Bilbao – Bilboko Udal Etxebizitak TEA), where he has been working since 2000.
Vallejo has over 25 years’ experience in the world of Housing, Urban Development, Spatial planning and the Environment, in the public and private realms. He spent 7 of them as an architect at the Basque Government-Eusko Jaurlaritza’s Cultural Heritage Centre and 2 years as a Technical Advisor of the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve.
She has also taken part in the European Rehabitat, ICEWISH, PV Adapt and Opengela projects.
2. New spaces of use and fairness
Vulnerable neighbourhoods at the centre of the cohesion policy?
Sonia de Gregorio Hurtado has a PhD in Architecture with Doctor Europeaus certification. She is a Professor at the Department of Urban and Spatial planning (DUYOT) at the Madrid School of Architecture (ETSAM) at the Polytechnical University of Madrid (UPM).
Her professional experience has been in the field of urban/architectural practice and her research has focused on urban planning since the start of her career. Her research work has focused on national and European urban policies, with special emphasis on urban regeneration instruments from a holistic perspective, including her particular areas of interest throughout her career (governance, climate change, mobility, gender perspective).
In 2017 and 2018 she was in charge of drafting the Action Plan of the Urban Poverty and Urban Regeneration Partnership of the Urban Agenda for the European Union. In 2019, she worked as an expert as part of the EU Urban Innovative Actions. In 2019 and 2020, De Gregorio Hurtado was a member of the “Promoting a Balance, Fair and Sustained Territorial Development” work team within the “Spain 2050” framework coordinated by the National Office of Foresight of the Spanish Prime Minister’s Office.
The public space as a space of inequality
José Mansilla López, has a PhD in Social Anthropology and is a lecturer at the Universitat Autònoma of Barcelona (UAB). He is also a member of Observatori d’Antropologia del Conflicte Urbà (OACU), of the Grup de Treball – Etnografia dels Espais Públics (GTE-EP) and of the Grup Cultura Popular i Conflicte, both of the Institut Català d’Antropologia (ICA), and of the Grup de Recerca sobre Exclusió i Controls Socials (GRECS) at Barcelona University (UB).
Mansilla is interested in the interrelations between social classes and movement, in the institutional construction of rhetoric and discourse legitimising urban reform processes and in the influence of tourist practices on the social fabric of cities.
Effective instruments against territorial inequality
Ignacio De La Puerta Rueda qualified as an architect from the Madrid School of Architecture (ETSAM). He is the Director of Spatial planning and Urban Agenda since 2021. He was also the General Director of Spatial planning, Urban Development and Urban Regeneration from 2017 to 2021.
The Directorate oversees the processing of the spatial planning instruments, promoting the management and protection of the landscape in the area of spatial planning instruments, processing urban planning instruments in its own area of competence, along with those that develop spatial planning requirements.
It is also tasked with preparing the basic official cartography of the Basque Government and coordinating the production of geographical information in the Administration of the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country.
De la Puerta Rueda was previously the Basque Government’s Director of Housing, innovation and Control (Housing, Public Works and Transport) from 2009 to 2013. He was also the Director of the Urban Planning Area and Office of the General Plan of Eibar Local Council between 1994 and 2007.
Panel of the second day
Idoia Legarreta Solaguren qualified as an architect of the School of Architecture of San Sebastián (ETSASS) She is currently working as an architect for Barakaldo Council’s Town Planning Technical Service, a post that she has held from September 2009, and which she already held previously from August 2005 to February 2009.
She has also worked for the Licence Section to Bilbao City Council. Between 2002 and 2005 she was an Architect for the Basque Government: in the Land and Urban Planning Division and, subsequently, in the Building Supervision Office under the Construction Services of the Materials Resources, Computer Systems and Organisation Division of the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research.
She earlier worked as a freelance architect.
Maé Durant Vidal and Elisa de los Reyes García are architects and co-founders of pezestudio.org. The team of architects set up in 2006 produces Urban Development, Architecture, Design and Research-Action from an inclusive, equalitarian, participative and ecological approach, with offices in Madrid and Bilbao.
Maé Durant Vidal
Elisa de los Reyes García
They design objects, tools, spaces and practices that seek to minimise people’s impact on the environment, social development, research and the production of innovative construction techniques and the generation of partnership contexts. They explore and test the possibilities of architecture, design and urban development as tools for change and social development.
Their work has been selected and exhibited internationally at: the Venice Biennale (Italy), MOMA NY (USA), EEA Grants (Norway), INDA DEX 2019 (Thailand), POC21 (France), Idea Camp (Sweden), etc. They have conducted seminars and workshops for international Architecture & Design universities and programmes, including: Parsons The New School New York, IED Madrid European Institute of Design, Schools of Architecture at the University of Chile, Montevideo, UNIBE in Santo Domingo and the UNI in Lima and the architecture biennials in Shenzhen and Vienna; and also creative entities of the ilk of: Matadero Madrid, Medialab Prado-Madrid, AZKUNA Zentroa Bilbao, La Casa Encendida Madrid, Reykjavik Botanical Garden and Spanish Cultural Centres in Lima, Santo Domingo and Chile.
Gorka Cubes San Salvador del Valle has a PhD in Architecture, in Urban Planning & is a PMP.
His PhD is in Sustainability and Urban Regeneration from the ETSAM, he qualified as an architect at the UPV and specialised at the Paris-Belleville School of Architecture. He has a European Master’s Degree in Project Management from the FH Dormunt/UPV, Post-graduate in Spatial Planning and Management from the UPV, Diploma in Urban Planning Law from the EVETU/IVAP and Diploma in Collaborative and Open Governance from the UNED – Open University. He has worked for Ajuriaguerra 3 SL, IDOM Consulting Engineering Architecture; and Bizkaiko Bideak SAU. He is currently a Senior Architect at Azpiegiturak SAMP.
“The Challenge of Contemporary Architecture to Embrace the Rural Context”
3. Sustainable management of the rural environment
Coexisting in rural spaces by fostering cooperation and sustainability
Rubén Méndez Cebrián graduated in Advertising and Public Relations, has a short-cycle degree in Labour Relations, a Master’s Degree in Design Management from the UPV/EHU and trained in group facilitation from iiface.
Since 2021, he has been part of the Technical Secretariat of the State Working Group of Cooperative Housing Assigned for Use in REAS Network of Networks, of the Koobizitza.org coordination group, the project network of La Rioja, Navarra and the Basque Country. A member of Ametxe, Koop. Elk. non-profit cooperative of housing assigned for use in Gordexola (Bizkaia) and member of Ariwake, S. Coop. Pequeña.
Rubén Mendez considers himself to be enquiring and creative, constantly learning, adapting and reviewing. He is committed to transformative social citizen movement, from education to collaborative housing, and including personal and group learning processes.
City and countryside: spatial inequalities and destructed territories turning their backs on each other. Reconnection opportunities thanks to the green infrastructure
Itxaro Latasa Zaballos has a degree in Geography and a PhD from Aix-Marseille University. She has been working at the University of the Basque Country since 1995, first in the Geography and Spatial Planning Department, and, currently, at its School of Architecture (ETSASS), where she is a full professor and lectures and researches within the Urban Development and Spatial Planning Department.
As a researcher, she has worked on numerous research project and transfer contracts with private and public entities. She is currently a member of two consolidated research groups that receive financing from the Ministry of the Economy, Competitiveness and the Demographic Challenge (Lead Researcher in the GOBEFTER III Project with the University of Valencia) and of the Basque Government (EKOPOL Group, an Ecosocial Transition for Sustainability project, UPV/EHU).
Her different lines of research in recent years all converge around Urban Development and Sustainability, from three different but merging approaches: the Landscape, Spatial Planning and Urban Development.
The dissemination of the research results as a tool to foster the spread of a new culture of the territory and the transition to sustainable models for inhabiting the planet is another cornerstone of her work. Her work on those tasks is from the Interprofessional Association of Spatial Planning (FUNDICOT), of which she is the Vice-President, and through forums such as CONAMA (National Environment Congress), and also by means of papers, interviews, press articles, etc. in different media.
4. Rural world/urban world balance
Driving the spread of ng broadband in isolated areas
Gorka Estebez Mendizabal graduated in Economics and Business Studies from the EHU-UPV. He is an Economic Advisor to the Bizkaia General Assemblies, and Managing Director of the publicly-owned company AZPIEGITURAK, and a member of the board of the publicly-owned INTERBIAK.
Since April 2000 to the present, Estebez Mendizabal has been the General Manager of Bizkaia Provincial Council (DFB) in the following areas; BUDGET AND ECONOMIC CONTROL of the Treasury and Finance Department (public economic area), General Manager of SERVICES of the Public Administration Department (DFB procurement and of the Firefighting Service), General Manager of BUSINESS PROMOTION AND INNOVATION of the Business Promotion Department (business and economic area) and General Manager of TERRITORIAL DEVELOPMENT (highways and urban development).
The rural management in energy management: macroprojects vs. communities
Raúl Páramo Flores is a sociologist and educator, and has studied at the universities of Madrid, Berlin and Freiburg.
He is a co-founder and partner of Guzmán Renovable, a rural energy community set up in the village of Guzmán (Burgos). In this municipality of 100 inhabitants in the Spain affected by the population drain, 13 households and companies have joined forces with the local council and have set up an entity to produce and consume renewable energy and help the village face the challenge of the ecological transition. In 2020 studies were conducted to improve the energy efficiency of municipal spaces and achieved their first successes. In 2022, they were selected for the EC Implemented Innovation programme of the Ministry for the Ecological Transition for energy projects thanks to their energy sustainability and self-consumption project.
Harnessing the sun in solidarity
Vicent Ripoll Catalá has been the Head of Ballester Fandos state school in Valencia since 2002. He qualified as a teacher at Alicante University and holds the certificate for teaching Catalan. He was also a member of the Tella teaching group from 1992 to 1999, of the Cefire de Valencia Lifelong Learning Seminar to share experiences and delving further into new trends in Physical Education. As a member of the Carambola teaching group from 1997 to 1999, he took part in the training course in centres of EL Marítimo from 1992 to the present.
He was Chair of the Association of Head Teachers of Infant and Primary School of the Valencia Region (ADIP-PV). He is currently a member of the ADIP-PIV Council of Provincial Boards. He was a member of the School Council of the Valencia Autonomous Region between 2015 and 2019. He was an online tutor for the training course to accredit head teachers organised by the training service of the Regional Ministry of Education in six editions. He is currently a member of the Occupational Health and Safety Committee of the Valencia education territorial directorate.
Regeneration proposals for las encartaciones supramunicipal region
As part of the spanish urban agenda.
Mª Elena Lacilla Larrodé graduated in Architecture from the School of Architecture at the University of Navarra (ETSAUN). In 2015, she was awarded her PhD cum laude by the University of Navara and her dissertation was on the urban design of the city of Huesca during the 20th century.
Since 2010 Elena Lacilla has lectured in Urban Planning on the fourth year of the Degree in Architecture Studies, in Urban Regeneration on the Urban Project Management Certification and at Graphic Lab linked to Georeferencing Information System tools. She has been the secretary of the Department of Theory, Project and Urban Planning since 2016 and has coordinated CityLab Logroño in 2021.
Her research since 2011 has focused on sustainable urban design and the theory and history of urban planning. Lacilla was a visiting researcher at the School of Architecture and Allied Arts of the University of Oregon (USA, 2013 and 2014), at The Urban Institute de la Heriot Watt University (Scotland, 2017) and ran an international workshop at the University of Dortmund (Germany, 2018).
Panel of the third day
Koldo Martín-Escudero has a PhD in Thermal Engineering from the UPV/EHU. He is a researcher and lecturer at the Energy Engineering Department at the Bilbao School of Engineering and trained as a researcher at the Basque Government’s Quality Control in Building Laboratory.
He is the Lead Researcher of the ENEDI Group (Energy in Building), where he works on different aspects related to energy efficiency and savings from a level of components and material characterisation to a city or district scale. Furthermore, Martin Escudero heads the Interuniversity PhD Programme in Energy Efficiency and Sustainability in Engineering and Architecture.
He has recently begun to work on a new line of research into designing and optimising energy resources in Local Energy Communities (CEL), with a special focus in the Guzmán Renovable CEL, located in a rural village of the Spain affected by the population drain.
Arantza Ozaeta Cortázar y Álvaro Martín Fidalgo qualified as architects at the Madrid School of Architecture (ETSAM), where they are currently lecturers in the Department of Architectural Projects. They have also lectured at the Architectural Association in London, Coburg University of Applied Sciences in Germany and at the Milan Polytechnic in Italy.
Since 2008 these architects and lecturers have been directors of the O.F. Architects, previously known aa TallerDE2, an architect’s studio located in Madrid and committed to research and innovative practice. Their projects include the urban regeneration intervention in Germany, which have been widely acclaimed.
O.F. Architects have been awarded and built international and national tenders, and their work has been recognised on multiple occasions, including the Europan 9 prize; the COAM-Luis Moreno Mansilla prize (2013); the German Bauwelt-Preis prize (2013); the FAD Thought and Criticism Awards (2016), in conjunction with the HipoTesis publishing house, and the Europe 40under40 (2017) by the European Centre.
Arantzazu Luzarraga is an architect and has a post-graduate diploma in Landscape and the Environment from the ETSAUN-UN, a Master’s Degree in Advanced Architectural Projects [La Caixa Foundation grant] from the ETSAM-UPM and a PhD in Architecture [Cum Laude] from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM).
She has worked as an architect and landscape architect on projects in Spain, Switzerland and Chile. She has also been a visiting researcher at the Centre for Mobilities Research at Lancaster University. She has taken part in events at FAUP Porto, University of Amsterdam, EPFL, luav and other European universities. Arantzazu Luzarraga was a pre-PhD researcher at the ETSAM, where she also lectured in the Projects Department. She is a member of the ‘ProLab’ research group and of the ‘Project Umbrella Devices” Educational Innovation group at the UPM. She is a member of the scientific committee of the COAM ‘Arquitectura’ journal and an acting lecturer at the Graphic Expression and Engineering Projects Department at the Bilbao School of Engineering. Her research interests lie in studying infrastructures, spatial strategies of global stakeholders and the impact of major political and economic decisions on daily life. She also contributes spatial components to conversations already started in other fields.
Winner BIA 2022
PhD Architect, Chair Professor of Architectural Design at Madrid School of Architecture and Full Professor at the GSAPP of Columbia University in New York. He has previously taught at Princeton University between 2004 and 2007, at the Architectural Association between 1998 and 2000 as a ‘Diploma Unit Master’, at the EPF in Lausanne from 1999 to 2000 as ‘Professeur Invité’ and at the IIT in Chicago as ‘Morgenstern Visiting Chair in Architecture’ in 2006.
He has been appointed juror in numerous national and international competitions, biennials and international awards, editorial advisor of specialized media and member of several expert committees on academic, sustainability and technology programs such as the Material Science Congress at the University of Columbia.Juan Herreros has taught hundreds of conferences, courses, seminars and research workshops worldwide. In 2013 he published ‘Dialogue Architecture’, which covers the homonymous installation designed for the Venice Biennale in 2012. In 2008, the book ‘Vivienda y Espacio Doméstico del Siglo XXI’ (21st century housing and domestic space) came out, featuring his interventions at the homonymous seminar delivered at La Casa Encendida; as well as ‘Implicit Performance’, on experimental applications of concrete. In 2004, the books ‘Isla Ciudad’ (Actar) and ‘Palacios de Diversión’ (Fun Palaces – Exit LMI). In 2000, ‘Caducidad, Educación y Energía’ (Expiry, Education and Energy) on the PotteriesThinkbelt project by Cedric Price (Fundación COAM Madrid). ‘In collaboration with I. Ábalos, he had previously published ‘Tower and Office’ edited by the prestigious MIT Press, ‘Natural-Artificial’ (LMI), ‘Tecnica y Arquitectura en la Ciudad Contemporánea’ (Technique and Architecture in the Contemporary City – Nerea) and ‘Le Corbusier-Rascacielos’ (Le Corbusier-Skyscrapers).
He currently develops critical edition on the works of Cedric Price, along with an investigation entitled ‘Prácticas emergentes en Arquitectura’ (Emergent Practices in Architecture) based on the idea of recycling the figure of the architect and his design techniques, bearing the name of the Research Group which he leads at the Polytechnic University of Madrid. In 1984 he founded Ábalos&Herreros; in 1999, the LMI (Liga Multimedia Internacional); in 2006, Herreros Arquitectos and in 2014, estudio Herreros.
The Herreros Arquitectos years witnessed the take-off Juan Herreros’s international activity. During this period, the office won a series of notorious international competitions -the design and construction of the Munch Museum plus its adjacent area in Oslo, the International Conference Centre in Bogotá, the design for the Transport Hub at Santiago de Compostela, the Euromed Project in Marseille, the ANFA District in Casablanca or the Castilla y Leon Technology Dome in Zamora- while building his first projects outside Spain -the Panama Bank Tower, the Coastal Parks in Panama City, the access facilities to the city of Colon or the Communication Hut in Gwangju, in South Korea – and carrying out other major projects in Spain, all of which have been featured in several publications and exhibitions, deserving a wide range of awards. Throughout this period, Juan Herreros has insistently implemented his ideas on global practice and the incorporation of interdisciplinarity and talent to both the theoretical and the professional realms of architecture, resulting –in 2014- in the office refoundation under the name estudio Herreros, a partnership structure appointing the German architect Jens Richter as its first associated architect, in recognition of his years of collaboration and commitment to the office.
Juan Herreros is an International Fellow of the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects); he has been awarded the Architectural Digest prize, the Medal of Arts from the city of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, named ‘Architect of the World’ by the Architects’ Association of the city of Lima and adoptive son of the city of Cochabamba, and has been nominated to the U.S. Academy of Arts and Letters Architecture Medal.