Architecture and Humanism International Seminar 2015


A wide variety of proposals were presented that revolved around the social role of architecture, approached from different perspectives: from its responsibility when it comes to strengthening the identity of a community to the socio-economic impact of its working styles, going onto embellishing, dignifying and enriching the places where it operates.


The Architecture and Humanism International Seminar was organized by the Rafael Manzano Prize for New Traditional Architecture and the Notre Dame University School of Architecture (Indiana, EEUU), with the collaboration of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid School of Architecture, the Centro de Investigación de Arquitectura Tradicional (CIAT) and INTBAU Spain. It took place in 18-20 June 2013 in the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid School of Architecture (ETSAM).

With a full room despite the intense programme, and a great audience, the seminar was a success, becoming an excellent platform for the exchange of ideas and raising interesting discussions among attendees.



In this publication Architecture and Humanism, an abstract of each lecture, as well as information on the initiatives developed by Richard H. Driehaus in Spain and Portugal, have been gathered, as every year. It can be downloaded for free here.

Videos of the lectures

The record and digital edition of these conferences has been made by the audiovisual services team of the School of Architecture of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.

First Day

Patrimonio e Identidad
Javier Cenicacelaya
La falsificación de la historia
Leopoldo Gil Cornet
Wood, Light and Architecture in Finland
Taisto Mäkëla
Debate tras la primera sesión
Building Communities:
Expanding Yale’s Residential College System

Melissa DelVecchio
Hacer algo diferente y los falsos historicismos
Donald Gray
Arquitectura y expresión comunitaria en la primera mitad del siglo XX
David Rivera
Propuestas de mejora para 5 plazas del centro de Madrid
Alejandro García Hermida
Guatemaya, A New Urban Heart for Guatemala City
Leon Krier
Designing the sense of belonging
Ettore Mazzola
Debate tras la segunda sesión

Second Day

La recuperación del oficio tradicional y su adecuación y actualización
Jaime de Hoz
El origen de la carpintería de lazo
Enrique Nuere
Aprender haciendo, el taller de construcción gótica de Madrid
José Carlos Palacios
Place Matters. Tradition in the American West
Christine Franck
Classical Humanism in Practice and Pedagogy
David Mayernik
La restauración de la calzada
hacia la Cruz del Campo en Sevilla

Rafael Manzano Martos