Joan Busquets

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Joan Busquets

Joan Busquets (born 1946) is an internationally renowned Spanish architect and urban planner. He holds professorships at the Technical University of Catalonia and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. His firm BAU - B Arquitectura i Urbanisme SL- is based in Barcelona. He was awarded the 2011 Erasmus Prize, an annual award for a person who has made an exceptional contribution to European culture, society or social science, "in appreciation of his impressive and multifaceted oeuvre in the field of city planning."[1]

Life and career[edit]

Joan Busquets was born in 1946 in El Prat de Llobregat, a suburb of Barcelona. In 1969 he graduated from the School of Architecture, Escola Tecnica Superior d'Arquitectura de Barcelona (ETSAB), University of Technology of Catalonia. Busquets was Professor of Town Planning in the School of Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Barcelona from 1979 until 2002. Since 2002 he has been a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and holds the chair of Martin Bucksbaum Professor in Practice of Urban Planning and Design. In addition, he has been visiting professor at several universities.[2]

Joan Busquets headed the Planning Department of the Municipality of Barcelona between 1983 and 1989 and during the preparations for the Olympics in 1992.[3]


Below is a selection of Busquets' works:[4]

  • Masterplan for the city of A Coruña, Spain, 2008
  • Grotius Place, The Hague, 1992–2005
  • Forum Visue, Viseu, Portugal, 2003–2005
  • Housing complex Maquinista and block H1-MAQ, Barcelona, 1998-2002
  • Community center and block E, Nesselande, Rotterdam, 2002
  • Centre Plan Helmond, 2005
  • Masterplan Spoorzone Delft, 1999 (in progress)
  • Fira de Barcelona - Pedrosa L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Spain, 1992–1996
  • Centre Plan Toulouse, 2012-2017


Prizes and awards[edit]

Below is a selection of prizes awarded to Joan Busquets:[4][5]

  • Erasmus Prize, 2011
  • Old seal of City of Trento, 2008
  • The Catedra Lluis Barragán, TECM. Guadalajara Mexico, 2007
  • ICSS Price for building the Chiado in Lisbon, 2001
  • Premio Gubbio, European Prize, 2000
  • National Award 1996 for the redevelopment plan for Toledo, 1996
  • Spanish National Planning Award for a masterplan for Lerida, 1985
  • Spanish National Planning Award for urban design for Sant Josep, Barcelona, 1981


  1. ^ "Erasmus Prize 2011 Awarded to Joan Busquets". Retrieved 2012-01-25. 
  2. ^ "HGSD people:Joan Busquets". Retrieved 2012-01-25. 
  3. ^ "Sustainable Cities". Retrieved 2012-01-25. 
  4. ^ a b "Joan Busquets CV" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-01-25. 
  5. ^ "BAU:Joan Busquets". Retrieved 2012-01-25. 

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