Rafael Moneo

Moneo is a Spanish architect and one of the most significant representatives of contemporary Spanish architecture. He was born in Tudela (Navarra) and studied at the Superior Technical School of Architecture of Madrid, where he obtained a degree in architecture in 1961.
Moneo is a Spanish architect and one of the most significant representatives of contemporary Spanish architecture. He was born in Tudela (Navarra) and studied at the Superior Technical School of Architecture of Madrid, where he obtained a degree in architecture in 1961. He is the creator of internationally recognised works, most notably the Bankinter building in Madrid and the Museum of Roman Art in Mérida. More recently he has constructed an extension at Madrid Atocha railway station and the Kursaal Congress Centre and Auditorium in San Sebastián. His other works include the Diagonal Building in Barcelona, the terminal building at San Pablo airport in Seville, the Miró Foundation in Palma de Mallorca and the Museum of Art and Architecture in Stockholm.
 
It can be said that one of Rafael Moneo’s main characteristics is his use of history as a building material. In 1996, he was awarded the Pritzer Architecture Prize, considered the most important award in the world in this field.
 
 
 
He is an advocate for investigating the city and connecting with its past. To Moneo, architecture must go beyond a concrete stylistic desire. He tends to create architecture which has its own identity. In this way, his finished work has been influenced by its location, by its past and by its future function.
He maintains references to masters from all ages and prefers to use stone and brick.
He is currently designing a hotel in the centre of Málaga.