About us

The Cultural Landscape Research Group (GIPC) studies the cultural meaning of the built environment. Its scope approaches landscape through theoretical and applied research -historical, critical and speculative-, which has become essential to think and provide new futures for our society.

From different fields of knowledge, our researchers study the intersections between architecture, urban planning, landscape, engineering, heritage, art, humanities, social sciences and ecology. The GIPC participates in the main competitive research programs at regional, national and European level and provides services to public and private entities. It also carries out curatorial work and it often organizes conferences and seminars.

The GIPC is committed with the training of researchers. It promotes doctoral dissertations and receives researchers from other institutions thanks to mobility programs. It also provides tuition for undergraduate and graduate students. The research transfers into teaching by participating in university postgraduate programs, through topics  and methods for academic work (TFG, TFM) and educational innovation activities.

On an international level, the GIPC is part of the ECLAS, IALE and EURAU networks. It also maintains a fruitful collaboration with research groups in Europe, North America and Latin America.

The GIPC was founded in 2006 by professors Juan Miguel Hernández León, Darío Gazapo, Miguel Ángel Aníbarro, Joaquín Ibáñez and Miguel Aguiló. Its current Director is Prof. Francisco Arques.

Research Lines

At the moment, seven interrelated lines of research form the core of our activity.

Networks and partners

The GIPC is a member of ECLAS and LeNotrë Institute, the main European networks in landscape education and research. It is also a member of the steering committee of the European Symposium on Research in Architecture and Urban Design EURAU.


The group has collaborated with the Miguel Aguiló Foundation since 2009. It also carries out its activities within the framework of the Moncloa Campus of International Excellence.