Iñaki Abalos

Design Critic in Architecture

IÑAKI ÁBALOS (San Sebastián, 1956)

Master´s degree in Architecture (1978) and Ph.D. Architecture (1991) from the School of Architecture of Madrid (ETSAM).

Founder and Director of Abalos & Herreros (1984-2006).

Founder and Director since 2006 of Abalos+Sentkiewicz arquitectos.

Founder and Director of Laboratorio de Técnicas y Paisajes Contemporáneos LTPC since 2001.

RIBA International Felowship 2009. Royal Institute of British Architects.


Chaired Professor, ETSA Madrid (2002).

“Kenzo Tange Professor” GSD Harvard (2009)

Visiting Critic in Architecture and Urban Design GSD Harvard (2010-2012)

Professor in Residence” (2012-) GSD Harvard University.

Chair of the Department of Architecture GSD Harvard University (2013-)


He was appointed “Buell Book Fellow” and “Visiting Professor” at Columbia University (New York, 1995), “Diploma Unit Master” at the Architectural Association in London and “Professeur Invite“ in the EPF Lausanne 1998. He was “Jean Labatute Professor” at the University of Princeton (New Jersey, 2004-2007),“Visiting Professor” at Cornell University (Ithaca, 2007-2008), and Professor at BIArch (Barcelona, 2010-2012).

His work has been widely published in journals and monographs, such as “Abalos & Herreros” (GG, 1993); “Areas de Impunidad” (Actar, 1997); “Recycling Madrid” (Actar, 2000); “Abalos & Herreros, Grand Tour” (CAAM, 2005); Ábalos, Herreros, Sentkiewicz Arquitectos (DA Documentos de Arquitectura nº 63, COAA, 2007), Abalos+Sentkiewicz arquitectos. Thermodynamic Beauty, 2G (nº 56, GG, 2011); New Natures. Abalos+Sentkiewicz arquitectos. (Q estudio, 2014); Abalos+Sentkiewicz. Form, Matter, Energy (AV Monografías de Arquitectura 169, 2014); Essays on Thermodynamics, Architecture and Beauty (Actar, 2015).

Author of “Le Corbusier. Skyscrapers” (Madrid Town Hall, 1988), “Técnica y Arquitectura” (Nerea, 1992), “Tower and Office” (The MIT Press, 2003) and “Natural Artificial” (EXIT, LMI,1999) with Juan Herreros. On his own he has written “La Buena Vida” (GG, 2000), (“The Good Life”, GG, 2001, english version, “A Boa Vida”, GG, 2002, portugese version), “Campos de Batalla/Battlefields” (COAC, 2005), “Atlas of the Picturesque” (vol. I, GG, 2005 and vol. II, GG, 2007); “Naturaleza y Artificio” (GG, 2010) and has coedited the monograph Alejandro de la Sota (Arquia, 2010) with Moisés Puente and Josep Llinás.


Member of the  Scientific Committee of CIBARQ Congress organized by CENER (Spain) since 2005.

Director of the first Congress CIBARQ organized by CENER (Spain), 2005.

Member of the Scientific Committee of the Study Center of CCA Montreal (2005-2011).

Curator of Sustainable?, meeting of experts in the CCA, 2007.

Member of the Board of Directors of the Barcelona Institute of Architecture (BIArch) (2008-2012).

Curator of the Spanish Pavillion at 2014 Venice Biennale.