Enric Miralles (Barcelona, 1955, Sant Feliu de Codines, 2000)
Spanish designer and architect, Enric Miralles was born in Barcelona in 1955. He trained at the School of Architecture of Barcelona ETSAB until 1974. He was a visiting Fulbright professor at Columbia University during 1980-1981. His doctoral thesis was titled "The things seen to the left and to the right (without glasses)".
From 1973-1983 he collaborated with Albert Viaplana and Helio Piñón, and in 1985 began his independent career. In his first creative period with fellow architect Carme Pinos, he created some of his most poetic works, such as the Igualada Cemetery.
In 1993, Enric founded EMBT with his wife, Benedetta Tagliabue. Together they produced many magnificent projects, such as the revitalization of Santa Caterina Market in Barcelona, and what many consider to be his Magnum Opus: the Scottish Parliament Building, in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Miralles was a professor at the School of Architecture of Barcelona (ETSAB) with the Department of Architecture (1996), the Director and Professor of lectures in the Städleschule of Frankfurt-am-Main (1990), a professor at Harvard University, in the Chair Kenzo Tange in (1992). He was also a visiting professor and lecturer at several universities in the United States, Germany, UK, Italy, The Netherlands, and finally, a member of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland.
Among other awards, in 1995 received the National Architecture Prize, awarded by the Ministry of Culture, and in 1996 with the 'Golden Lion' at the Venice Architecture Biennale.
Considered a highly inventive architect, Enric is defined as the enfant terrible of Spanish architecture. Sadly, his prolific career and practice was cut short at its peak, when he passed away in July 2000, in Sant Feliu de Codines.
Enric Miralles was an author of sweeping buildings, a genuinely original and derived language with a deep respect for the place. He left us a lush and prolific world of architectural and intellectual work, including writings, drawings, sketches, collages, journals, and nearly a thousand original models.