Doctor of Architecture and Professor of Projects at the School of Architecture of the Polytechnic University of Madrid.
Director of the magazines AV/Arquitectura Viva since 1985 and member of the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando and the Real Academia de Doctores.
Between 1993 and 2006 he was in charge of the weekly architecture page of the newspaper El País, where he currently collaborates in the Opinion section. International Fellow at RIBA, Cullinan Professor at Rice University, Franke Fellow at Yale University, visiting researcher at the Getty Center in Los Angeles and visiting critic at Harvard and Princeton, as well as at the Berlage Institute.
He has directed courses at the Menéndez Pelayo and Complutense Universities and also at the international architecture congresses ‘More for Less’ (2010) and ‘The Common’ (2012). President of the jury at the 9th Venice Architecture Biennale, expert, jury of the European Mies van der Rohe Award and of numerous international competitions in Europe, America and Asia, including those of the National Library of Mexico, the National Art Museum of China and the National Library of Israel, in the latter case as president.
Curator of the exhibitions El espacio privado, Eurasia Extrema (in Tokyo and Madrid), Bucky Fuller & Spaceship Earth and Jean Prouvé: fabricated beauty (the latter two with Norman Foster), as well as Spain mon amour (at the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale and in Madrid) and The Architect is Present.
His books include La quimera moderna, El fuego y la memoria (published in English under the title Fire and Memory), Spain Builds (with MoMA in the English version, and presented in its Chinese version with symposia in Shanghai and Beijing), Atlas, arquitecturas del siglo XXI, a four-volume series.