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Dr Pablo Martinez Capdevila

Assistant Professor

Department: Architecture and Built Environment

Dr Pablo Martínez Capdevila is an Assistant Professor at Northumbria University (UK). Previously he was Senior Lecturer at the Portsmouth School of Architecture (UK), Guest Lecturer in the Bergen Arkitekthøgskole (Norway) and Lecturer in the Pontifical University of Salamanca (Madrid).

In 2014 he obtained his Ph.D. in the Polytechnic University of Madrid with a dissertation on Andrea Branzi’s urban models that received the UPM 2014-2015 Extraordinary Prize for Doctoral Dissertations and was shortlisted for the X Arquia/Tesis prizes and the X BIAU biennale. His research is focused on the relation between architecture and politics and on the radical stances that undermine the discipline. His history and theory writings have been published in journals such as Log, A+T, Plot, The Journal of Architecture, Cuadernos de Proyectos Arquitectónicos, and in books and readers published by Routledge, Springer, the Pavillon de l'Arsenal or the Venice Biennale.

He qualified as an 'Arquitecto Superior' (Spanish full professional accreditation, equivalent to MArch) in the ETSAM (Madrid), and studied also in the Polythecnic Univeristy of Turin (Italy). Has lectured at the ESALA (Edinburgh), the ENSA Paris-Belleville (France), the EPS-CEU University (Madrid), the Higher Technical Schools of Architecture of Madrid and Alcalá (ETSAM, ETSAG-UAH), and has been external examiner at BAS (Norway).

Founding member of MISC arquitectos (, his work has been awarded prizes in different competitions, published in magazines such as AW Arkitektur +Wettbewerbe, L’Arca, A+T, Future Arquitecturas, Arkitektur Sweden, TC Cuadernos, Arquitectura (COAM) or Arquitectos (CSCAE) and displayed in exhibitions such as the Europan Generations Exhibition in the Cité de l´Architecture et du Patrimoine in Paris or Alter-Polis in the Intermediae-Matadero Madrid Art center.

Prior to this independent practice, he collaborated as design architect and site manager in leading architecture offices such as Abalos & Herreros or Carvajal-Casariego developing a wide variety of projects including hospitals, cultural centres, collective housing, office buildings, parks and industrial facilities.

Pablo Martinez Capdevila

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Representing the Unrepresentable: The Mosque of Córdoba and the Ideal Islamic Temple, Martinez Capdevila, P. 30 Jan 2024, In: Journal of Architecture
  • A Paradoxical Imago Mundi: The No-Stop City by Archizoom Associati, Martinez Capdevila, P. 15 Nov 2023, The Interior Urbanism Theory Reader, London, Taylor & Francis
  • Memory and Reinvention in the Post-industrial Periphery: Section of the Communities & Change Exhibition, Hipwood, T., Martinez Capdevila, P. 3 Jul 2023
  • Il laboratorio italiano e Agronica: Oltre la dialettica città-campagna, Martinez Capdevila, P. 22 Dec 2022, Ricerca, Resilienza e Utopia, Rome, D Editore
  • Delirious Rome: Alcune note a margine di un Manifesto (polemico) per un metodo di studio della città, Di Raimo, A., Martinez Capdevila, P. 29 Nov 2021, Rome, Rome, Italy, Bordeaux Edizioni
  • Arcadias neoprimitivas: Del pastoral contestatario al animismo de los objetos en la obra de Andrea Branzi, Martinez Capdevila, P. 1 Jun 2020, Tecnopastoralismo, Madrid, Ediciones Asimétricas
  • From a Marxist Arcadia to High-tech Favelas: The Latency of Informality in Archizoom and Andrea Branzi, Martinez Capdevila, P. 31 Dec 2020, Informality through Sustainability, London, United Kingdom, Taylor & Francis
  • Archizoom Associati: Paesaggi Interni, Martinez Capdevila, P. 1 Dec 2019
  • Demystified Territories: City Versus Countryside in Andrea Branzi’s Urban Models, Martinez Capdevila, P. 3 Feb 2019, Planning Cities with Nature, Cham, Switzerland, Springer
  • Re-Imagining Southampton: Design Exhibition in the John Hansard Gallery, Martinez Capdevila, P., Wallbridge, T. 2 Apr 2019

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Participating in a conference, workshop, ...: Memory Studies Association 7th Annual Conference 2023
  • Examination: External Examiner at Bergen Arkitekthøgskole (2022-2023) 2022
  • Visiting an external academic institution: University of Edinburgh 2022
  • Visiting an external academic institution: Clemson University 2020
  • Visiting an external academic institution: University of Edinburgh 2020
  • Examination: External Examiner at Bergen Arkitekthøgskole (2018-2020) 2018
  • Visiting an external academic institution: University of Edinburgh 2016
  • Invited talk: ESALA Edinburgh / Andrea Branzi and the ‘città senza architettura’ 2016
  • Invited talk: ETSAM UPM, Madrid / Archizoom y Andrea Branzi: disoluciones políticas , ecológicas y estéticas 2014
  • Invited talk: ETSAG-Universidad de Alcalá de Henares / Andrea Branzi: modelos para una ciudad sin arquitectura 2013

  • Architecture PhD October 01 2014
  • Architecture MA May 09 2000
  • Chartered Member nr.13.415 of the COAM (Spanish Architects Body) Colegiado COAM 2000
  • Member Architects Registration Board (ARB) 2022

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