Santiago Cirugeda

Santiago Cirugeda, Spanish architect born in Spain in 1971, is a graduate of the ESARQ (Universitat Internacional de Catalunya) in Barcelona. After working for himself for seven years, he founded the Recetas Urbanas studio in 1996, which is now actively participating with other collectives on the Iberian peninsula in building a work network known as Arquitecturas Colectivas. His schemes gravitate round the problems associated with town planning, such as disposable architecture, recycling, intervention strategies in an urban environment, extensions to buildings, as well as subversive projects for public participation in town-planning decisions. He carries out architectural schemes and participates in various cultural and educational teaching programs relating to questions associated with the flaws in the legal system in the context of globalization. He has published the books Situaciones urbanas and Arquitecturas colectivas, and produced the documentaries Spanish Dr€am and En la RED. His practice lies in the field of public art and develops a powerful criticism focusing on social problems such as access to housing, derelict urban spaces and legal recourse.

Exhibitions: Catalizadors, Accions Reversibles, Centre d’Art Vic-Barcelona, 2009; Actions: What You Can Do With the City, Graham Foundation. Chicago-Illinois, 2009; La vida en ningún lugar, Centre d’Art Matadero-Madrid, 2010.