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Rafael Moneo

  • Rafael Moneo © Carlos Miralles / EL MUNDO

    Rafael Moneo © Carlos Miralles / EL MUNDO






Date of birth

May 9, 1937

"Architect. Moneo is one of the most internationally recognized of Spanish architects. In 1996, Rafael won the Pritzker Award, the most important prize in architecture."

Moneo was born in Tudela (Navarra) in 1937. Shortly after gaining his degree in 1961, he won the National Architecture Award, together with Fernando Higueras for their work on Museum of Artistic Restoration in Madrid. He has undertaken an intense teaching focus in both Madrid and Barcelona. Rafael has likewise been guest professor at some of the most prestigious universities in the world, such as Princeton and Harvard. Some of his most emblematic projects are the renovation of the Atocha Train Station in Madrid, the extension of the Thyssen Museum, the Prado Museum, and the Kursaal in San Sebastián. He has been recognized with some of the most important awards in the world, such as the Pritzker and the Mies van der Rohe.


National Architecture Award (1961)
Gold Medal for Fine Arts (1992)
Príncipe de Viana Award for Culture (1993)
Pritzker Award (1996)
Mies Van der Rohe Award (2001)
Gold Medal for Architecture (2006)
Príncipe de Asturias Award for the Arts (2012)
National Architecture Award (2015)

Essential works

  • View of the Kursaal Palace, illuminated. Donostia-San Sebastián © Turespaña

    Kursaal Palace

    This building-complex is a highly successful attempt to harmonise the geographic environment –the mouth of the Urumea river and the Zurriola beach, in the Cantabrian Sea– with contemporary architecture.

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  • View of the National Museum of Roman Art building. Mérida © Ministerio de Cultura

    National Museum of Roman Art building

    An outstanding building which integrates the world of antiquity and contemporary architecture. This museum and research centre into Roman art stands in the heart of Roman Mérida.

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Other highlighted works

  • National Museum of Roman Art (Mérida)
  • Atocha Railway Station (Madrid)
  • Kursaal Auditorium (San Sebastián)
  • Extension of the Prado Museum (Madrid)


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