Santiago Cirugeda

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Born1971 (age 52–53)
Seville, Spain
Alma materInternational University of Catalonia (ESARQ)

Santiago Cirugeda is an architect, artist and activist from Seville, Spain. He founded Recetas Urbanas in 2003, an architecture studio specialized in civic empowerment.

Education and career

Born in 1971 in Seville, he graduated from the International University of Catalonia (ESARQ)[1] and started his architect career in 1996[2].

Recetas Urbanas

Recetas Urbanas is the Spanish for "Urban Prescriptions". The studio is known for its subversive questioning of the architectural practice and the city regulation. With the idea that architecture should be accessible to everybody, Recetas Urbanas' approach aims at letting people appropriate urban space.[2] Since its creation in 2003, the studio developed significant experience in self construction, material recycling and re-employment, and collective design.[3]

Selected projects

Inhabit the air, 2018

An installation built in Nave 11, Matadero Madrid, Madrid, in collaboration with women collectives, Escuela Artediez's students and GANDIABLASCO (outdoor furniture company).[4]

Other works

Santiago Cirugeda is also active as a urbanism consultant. Besides that, he teaches through workshops[5].


2017: Curry Stone Design Prize

2016: Ones Mediterrània

2015: International Fellowship of the Royal Institute of British Architects, Foment de les Arts i el Disseny (FAD) medal, Global Award for Sustainable Architecture[4]

2008: Ojo Crítico, Iniciarte, Naider “Sociedad, Ciudad y Territorio”[6]


  • Usted está aquí, Ediciones Asimétricas, 2018. Co-written with Alice Attout and Recetas Urbanas, the book tells about the studio's most significant projects. A same named exhibition takes place at the MUSAC in León, Spain.[3]
  • Collective architectures / Arquitecturas colectivas, Ediciones Vibok, 2011. Co-written with Paula V. Alvarez Benitez, the book tells about Cirugeda's initiative to let activist groups turn 42 salvaged containers into self-constructed and self-managed spaces, in different Spanish locations. It was awarded the Prize of Thought and Criticism in Architecture by Foment de les Arts i el Disseny (FAD) in 2011.[7]
  • Situaciones Urbanas, Tenov, 2007. In this book, Cirugeda presents 14 strategies to transform both cities and the architect's role.[8]

External links


  1. "Santiago Cirugeda". Retrieved 2020-06-21.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Awan, Nishat; Schneider, Tatjana; Till, Jeremy (2011). Spatial Agency: Other Ways of Doing Architecture. Routledge. pp. 41, 42, 120. ISBN 978-0415571937.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Usted está aquí". Wall Street International. 2018-12-04. Retrieved 2020-06-21.
  4. 4.0 4.1 ""Inhabit the air" installation by Santiago Cirugeda at Matadero Madrid". BMIAA. 2018-06-09. Retrieved 2020-06-21.
  5. "Santiago Cirugeda". ArtEZ studium generale (in Nederlands). Retrieved 2020-06-21.
  6. ILEÓN.COM (2018-12-15). "El arquitecto Santiago Cirugeda presenta el sábado la publicación 'Usted está aquí' en el Musac - ILEÓN.COM". ileon (in español). Retrieved 2020-06-21.
  7. "distribution art books /// art, architecture, design, essay, illustration, landscape, photography » Collective Architectures. Santiago Cirugeda – Recetas Urbanas". Retrieved 2020-06-21.
  8. "Book: Situaciones Urbanas / Santi Cirugeda". RocaGallery. 9 September 2019. Retrieved 21 June 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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