Department of Architectural Design
Francisco Arques holds a PhD in architecture and is a professor in the Department of Architectural Design. His academic work focuses on 20th century architectural heritage and cultural landscape studies. Since 2019 he has directed the Cultural Landscape Research Group. Previously, he was Director of the International Center for Cultural Heritage Studies (CIESPC-UPM) and coordinated the PhD Program in Architectural Design (2008-13).
He has been Professor Guest at different universities around the world: Valparaiso (Chile), École Polytechnique Fédérale Lausanne (EPFL), Escola Superior Artística do Porto (ESAP), Politecnico di Milano and Politecnico di Torino, amongst others. He obtained a scholarship to research at the Spanish Academy in Rome between 1991 and 1992
Within the Cultural Landscape Research Group (GIPC), he has directed 6 research projects awarded by École Within the Cultural Landscape Research Group, he has directed 6 research projects awarded by public programs and 3 researcher contracts. Between 2020-2022, he has directed the Thematic Network for Research in Cultural Landscapes, an initiative within the framework of the State Plan for R+D+i. Also noteworthy is the curatorship, together with Juan Miguel Hernández León, of the exhibition Diseñar América: el trazado español de los Estados Unidos (Designing America: the Spanish layout of the United States). These works have won awards in the research and dissemination categories of the Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism.
His latest works include 10 articles in academic journals such as Patrimonio Cultural de España, Plos ONE, Informes de la Construcción, REIA Revista Europea de Investigación en Arquitectura, Cuadernos de Proyectos Arquitectónicos, Abaco: Revista de cultura y CCSS, Arquitectura Viva, On Diseño, L’Architecture d’aujourd’hui, Formas o Arquitectura. He is the author of the book La materia de la Arquitectura, as well as several monographic titles on the architect Miguel Fisac.