Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano: Five themes

A Current Work lecture from Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano of Nieto Sobejano.

October 28, 2015
7:00 p.m.

Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos | San Telmo Museum, San Sebastian, Spain, 2012. Credit: Roland Halbe

Current Work is a lecture series featuring leading figures in the worlds of architecture, urbanism, design, and art.

Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano of Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos will present their firm’s work in a public lecture to be followed by a conversation with Jorge Otero-Pailos.

The richly textured work of Nieto and Sobejano is recognized for its sympathetic response to topography and historical attributes of place, qualities lauded in the citation for the Alvar Aalto Medal awarded to the firm earlier this year: “The roots of their architecture lie in Spain, and its multi-layered history and culture. Their works speak a silent language, proving that the precondition of meaningful architecture is an in-depth understanding of local culture and the context of the design brief.”

Founded in 1985, Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos has offices in Madrid and Berlin. Their major works include the Madinat al-Zahra Museum, Córdoba; the San Telmo Museum, San Sebastian; the History Museum, Lugo; the Contemporary Art Centre, Córdoba; the Zaragoza Congress Centre; the Joanneum extension, Graz, Austria; and the Moritzburg Museum, Halle, Germany. The firm currently has projects in Germany, Spain, Austria, Estonia, Morocco, and China.

In addition to the Alvar Aalto Medal, Nieto and Sobejano are past winners of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture and the Piranesi Prix de Rome. The firm was also awarded the National Prize for Restoration from the Spanish Ministry of Culture and the Nike Prize issued by the Bund Deutscher Architekten (BDA), the European Museum of the Year Award, and the Hannes Meyer Prize. Sobejano is a professor at the Universität der Künste Berlin, where he holds the chair of Principles of Design. Both Nieto and Sobejano have been visiting critics and lecturers at universities in Spain and abroad, are past co-directors of the journal ARQUITECTURA, and have had their work featured in numerous publications, including the recently published monographs Nieto Sobejano: Memory and Invention and Fuensanta Nieto Enrique Sobejano Architetture.

Moderated by Jorge Otero-Pailos. Otero-Pailos is Associate Professor of Historic Preservation at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture and the founder and editor of the journal Future Anterior. Otero-Pailos also serves on the League’s Board of Directors.


This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.