Rafael Manzano Martos

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Rafael Manzano Martos
Born (1936-11-06) November 6, 1936 (age 80)
Cádiz, Spain
Nationality Spanish
Occupation Architect
Spouse(s) Concepción Pérez Montes (deceased)
Children Julia María and Miguel Ángel
Parent(s) Rafael Manzano Trujillo
María Luisa Martos Lalanne [1]
Awards Knight Commander of the Civil Order of Alfonso X, the Wise, 1967
Golden Medal of the Fine Arts , 1972
Shiller Prize, 1980
Silver Medal of Osuna, 2001
Richard H. Driehaus Prize for Classical Architecture, 2010
Website www.estudiomanzano.com
Practice Estudio Manzano

Rafael Manzano Martos (born in Cádiz, Spain on November 6, 1936) is a Spanish architect. He was educated at the Superior Technical School of Architecture in Madrid. He was a disciple of Professors Manuel Gómez-Moreno Martínez, Leopoldo Torres Balbás, Fernando Chueca Goitia and Francisco Íñiguez Almech.

Martos is a representative of New Urbanism and New Classical Architecture. There is an architecture prize named after him.[2]


Rafael Manzano Martos earned his degree from the Technical School of Architecture in Madrid in 1961, and his Doctorate in 1963. As a student under Professors Gómez-Moreno Martínez, Torres Balbás, Chueca Goitia and Íñiguez Almech, he specialized in historic studies and in the Theory and Techniques of Monument Restoration. He was also a collaborator at the School of Arab Studies in Madrid from 1956 to 1963, where he cultivated his interest in Islamic history and archaeology.[3]

Selected Works and Projects[edit]

In all of his works, he has expressed his faithfulness to the classical idiom and to the integration of his work in the urban setting or in the rural landscape. In his restorations of monuments, he has avoided any aggressive approach to the buildings of the past, respecting the architecture handed down and complementing it with a simple yet academic architecture that integrates into the monument without any visual aggression or turning it into a pretext for creating a contemporary work of questionable quality.

He has restored and consolidated the following monuments, among others:

  • Squares and Cathedral at Castelló d'Empúries, in Girona.
  • Cathedral Square in Tarragona.
  • Fortress of the Old Cathedral in Lleida.
  • Church of Mary Magdalene in Tarazona.
  • Castle of Alcañiz in Teruel.
  • Church of Saint Michael, in Cuenca.
  • Complete external reconstruction and new interiors for the Royal Academy of

Pharmacy, in Madrid.

  • Reconstruction of the cloisters, tower, chapter room, stairway and other parts of

the “Sobrado de los Monjes” Monastery in La Coruña.

  • Total reconstruction of the former Palace of the Dukes of Medina Sidonia in Córdoba for Mr. Nahmias and wife.[4]
  • Alcazaba fortress in Málaga (Restorations and anastylosis of the housing nearby).
  • Church of Saint Dionysius with reconstruction of its lost roofing and discovery of

its Gothic-Mudejar brickwork in Jerez de la Frontera (Cádiz).


  • Consolidations of the ruins of Itálica in Santiponce, and construction of its

monographic museum.

  • Total restoration of the Church of Saint George in Palos de la Frontera and organization of its


  • Designer, together with the architect Fernando Chueca Goitia, of three major

projects for the enlargement of the Prado Museum (1972–74 and 1990).

  • Excavation of the site of the former “Casa de Contratación de las Indias” (Indies

Trade Hall), with reconstruction of its Almohad courtyard and garden and a new façade.

  • Private home of the Marquises de la Granja on Calle Alfonso XII street in Seville.
  • Designer, in 1991, of the total restoration and decoration of King Alphonse XIII

Hotel in Seville for Ciga-Hotel-España.

  • Design not carried out for a large civic centre with housing and shopping areas at

the access to Recogidas in Granada.

decorator Manuel Gavira Sanjuan).[5]

  • Design of a residence for the bullfighter Curro Romero in Coín (Málaga); now

belonging to the singer Julio Iglesias.

  • Residence and guest house for Mr. and Mrs. Cortés in Cadima (Castanhede-

Coimbra), Portugal.

  • Headquarters for the Official Professional Association of Civil Engineers in

Seville (under construction).

Awards and honors[edit]

Manzano is a member of several Spanish academic institutions, including the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando, the Royal Academies of the History and of Fine arts of Granada, Cordoba, Cádiz, Málaga, Écija, Toledo and La Coruña, and the Academy of the Good Letters of Seville.

In Spain he received the Golden Medal of the Fine Arts (13 April 1972)[6] and he is Knight Commander of the Civil Order of Alfonso X, the Wise (7 November 1967).[7]

In terms of international acclaim he was awarded with the 2010 Richard H. Driehaus Prize for Classical Architecture for his entire career.[8]

Previously, in 1980 he received the Shiller Prize for Restoration and Conservation.

Also, he received the Silver Medal of the City of Osuna in 2001.[9]

Selected bibliography[edit]

José Guerrero Lovillo, Rafael Manzano Martos, and Enrique de la Vega Viguera. Tres Estudios Sobre Sevilla. Sevilla: Real Academia Sevillana de Buenas Letras, 1984.

Rafael Manzano Martos, Fernando Chueca Goitia and Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando. La Qubba, Aula Regia En La España Musulmana. Madrid : Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, 1994.

Rafael Manzano Martos. La Alhambra : El Universo Mágico De La Granada Islámica. Madrid: Grupo Anaya, 1992.

Rafael Manzano Martos. El Jardín En La España Musulmana, edited by Real Academia de Bellas Artes de Santa Isabel de Hungría. Sevilla: 1990.


  1. ^ My Heritage
  2. ^ "Premio Rafael Manzano Martos" Accessed 05 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Rafael Manzano Martos" (PDF) (in Spanish). Retrieved 17 December 2009. 
  4. ^ Keegan, Edward. "2010 Driehaus Prize Goes to Rafael Manzano Martos", Architecture Magazine, January 14, 2010. Accessed 05 June 2015
  5. ^ Manuel Gavier
  6. ^ Boletín Oficial del Estado
  7. ^ Boletín Oficial del Estado
  8. ^ "Rafael Manzano Martos" Accessed 05 June 2015
  9. ^ Hemeroteca ABC

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