Eduardo Prieto

Eduardo Prieto is a registered architect in Spain and an Associate Professor of History of Architecture and Art at the School of Architecture of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (ETSAM-UPM). He is also a visiting scholar at Harvard GSD, a professor of ‘Climate in Architecture: Techniques, Theories, Ideologies’ at the Faculty of Architecture of UNL University (Argentina), and a professor in the Doctorate program of the Department of Architectural Projects at ETSAM-UPM, where he teaches courses and gives seminars and lectures on architecture and energy, besides supervising doctoral theses on the subject.

A double major in Architecture (ETSAM, 2003) and Philosophy (UNED, 2004), postgraduate studies – Doctorate in Architecture with Honors (ETSAM, 2014) and Master in Moral and Political Philosophy and in Aesthetics and Art Theory (UNED, 2007) –, and ten years of practice as an architect specialized in sustainability have together led Eduardo Prieto’s research career to the fruitful intersection of history and technique in architecture.

Such an approach has been tested with academic success through a number of scientific articles and books. He has recently published the books La ley del reloj: arquitectura, máquinas y cultura moderna (Cátedra, 2016) y La vida de la materia (Asimétricas, 2017). Both develop the ideas presented in his doctoral thesis, titled ‘Machines or Atmospheres: The Aesthetics of Energy in Architecture, 1750–2000,’ which in a historically and critically based way reflects on the incorporation of energy issues into the architectural discourse. Since 2011 he has been leading editor of the magazine Arquitectura Viva, where he has published numerous articles of his own, on architectural criticism and history.

As a practicing architect, he has built a number of large buildings in which thermodynamic parameters are considered from the beginning of the design process, and which are references in innovation in the management of thermal parameters in architecture. Obtained mostly by competition, these projects have been much published and have earned national and international awards, such as the ICCL European Award for Sustainability, the ENOR Prize, the Madrid Institute of Architects Prize, the Award for Architecture and Urbanism of the Madrid City Council, and the Fassa Bartolo Prize for Sustainable Architecture (finalist), and more.