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60 Years of Architecture: Greetings from Alberto Campo Baeza

What do we think about the legacy of the 1960s and where will architecture be 60 years from now? The Spanish architect Alberto Campo Baeza shares his thoughts on these questions in his birthday message to DETAIL.

What did the 1960s leave us in terms of architecture?
The 60s gave us an important heritage which is the foundation of all of our work today.
IDEAS by our main masters, Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier, and Frank Lloyd Wright.
TECHNOLOGY enabling new approaches to architecture.
COMMUNICATION establishing a dialogue between past and future.

When did you first come across Detail?
Detail not only delivers beautiful images, but also shows how architecture is built – with very good construction details. On my table are more than a dozen different issues of Detail featuring some of my works. Thanks for your generosity!

What do you think will be the state of architecture in 60 years?
Design in architecture is research. Architecture is a true labour of investigation. Architecture is constantly evolving. We are building the future.

Congratulations and Resistance!

Alberto Campo Baeza is Emeritus Professor in Projects at Escuela de Arquitectura de Madrid (ETSAM), where he has taught for over 50 years. He also taught at Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) in Zurich, École Polytechnique Fédérale (EPFL) in Lausanne, University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and the Bauhaus in Weimar, among other institutions. He has lectured around the world and received numerous prizes for his work.  In 2014 he was made a full Academician in the Architecture Section of Spain’s Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, and was awarded an International Fellowship by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). In 2019 he was named Honorary Fellow by the American Institute of Architects. In 2020 he received the Gold Medal for Architecture from CSCAE (Consejo Superior de los Colegios de Arquitectos de España).

Alberto Campo Baeza, Madrid, Photo: Estudio Campo Baeza
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