Alberto Campo Baeza is a Spanish architect born in 1946 in Valladolid. Grandson of an architect and son of a surgeon, Baeza got the spirit of analysis from his father and determination to become an architect from his mother. He moved to Cadiz at a very early age and observed the interplay of light and landscape that left a deep impact on his mind which was reflected on his work in later years.
He graduated from Technical University of Madrid in 1971 and completed his PhD in 1982. He later secured the position of professor and chairman of the same institution in 1986. This marked the start of Baeza’s career as a professor and he went on to teach at different institutes including E.T.H. in Zurich, in 1989 and 1990, The Architecture Winter School in Dublin in 1992, Domus International Courses in Naples in 1993, Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, The Royal Academy in Copenhagen in 1996, the BAUHAUS in Weimar, Kansas State University and the CUA University in Washington. Moreover he worked as a researcher at Columbia University in 2003 and 2011 and has also given lectures throughout the world.
Baeza is a poetic architect and he doesn’t see architecture as an amalgamation of techniques and functionality but as the spiritual relationship of man with space and his surroundings. Among all his design elements, light is the major tool and he seems to be inspired by it since a very young age. He believes that gravity forms space while light generates time in that peculiar space. Baeza has more poetry books than architectural ones in his personal collection. He regards architecture as a built idea, that is why we see that his buildings are always based upon very innovative approaches but they always work on functional basis.
Baeza’s works have been exhibited enormously and won him many awards. He is famous for being uncompromising about his work. His writings have been published in the form of books and various literatures worldwide. Beaza’s major contributions in the field of architecture are:
- 1988 Turégano House, Pozuelo de Alarcón, Madrid, Spain
- 1992 Gaspar House, Vejer de la Frontera, Cádiz, Spain
- BIT Center, Inca, Mallorca, Spain
- 2000 De Blas House , Sevilla la Nueva (Madrid), Spain 1998
- 2001 La Caja de Ahorros de Granada Headquarters, Granada, Spain
- 2003 SM group Headquarters, Boadilla del Monte, Madrid, Spain
- 2005 Guerrero House, Vejer de la Frontera, Cádiz, Spain
- 2007 Nursery for the children of the Benetton Group, Treviso, Italy
- 2008 Olnik Spanu House, Garrison, Nueva York
- 2008 Moliner House, Zaragoza, Spain
- 2009 MA Museum, Granada, Spain
- 2009 Between Cathedrals, Cádiz, Spain
- 2009 Rufo House, Toledo, Spain
- 2012 Offices for the Junta de Castilla y León, Zamora, Spain
- 2014 House of the Infinite (VT House), Cádiz, Spain
Alberto Campo Baeza lives in Madrid happily among his vast collection of books without any car, television, watch or mobile phone.