School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape

Staff Profile

Dr Josep-Maria Garcia-Fuentes

Senior Lecturer in Architecture


Dr Josep-Maria Garcia-Fuentes is an architect and Senior Lecturer in Architecture at the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape of Newcastle University. He qualified as an architect from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (2005), where he also completed a Masters in the Theory and History of Architecture (2007), and a PhD in Architecture (2012).

Josep-Maria was awarded First National Prize of Spain for university graduates in 2006, and has been fellow by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation for the Society of Architectural Historians, the Caja de Arquitectos, and the Ministry of Science and Innovation of Spain. He is also a Fellow at the London School of Economics, in the Catalan Observatory (UK), and Visiting Professor at the Politecnico di Milano (Italy). He has been previously Assistant Professor and Vice-Dean at the Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura del Vallès-Barcelona in the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya-Barcelona TECH (Spain, 2010-2013), as well as Visiting Professor at Tongji University (China, 2013) and at Universidad de Concepción (Chile, 2014).

Josep-Maria researches on architecture and the idea of nature, ecology and the environment, experimental preservation, heritage-making processes, and architectural history, and publishes and lectures widely about these topics and his own professional work at invited keynote lectures. He is regularly invited as a lecturer, guest critic and reviewer at postgraduate and undergraduate levels in universities around the world, including Penn Design, Columbia University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Cardiff University, the University of Edinburgh, the Politecnico di Torino, and the Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza. 

As a practicing architect, Josep-Maria has worked with Juan Navarro Baldeweg, Josep Llinàs, and Robert Brufau, and he also runs his own professional practice on architecture, landscape and ephemeral installations. He is the author of an extension project for the Montserrat Library, the first draft for the new Museum of Montserrat, and other projects in which he confronts his professional, research and teaching practices. He is invited regularly to serve as jury member in national and international, professional and academic competitions. He is also an op-ed contributor to different Spanish and Catalan media, and he is regularly interviewed on media about his research and works.


Grants & Awards

2017 – Visiting Professor – Politecnico di Milano (Italy)

2014 – Research Grant Santander Bank.

2012 – Cum Laude distinction for PhD Dissertation. Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya-BarcelonaTECH (Spain).

2011 – Samuel H. Kress Foundation Fellowship for the Society of Architectural Historians (USA).

2010 – International PhD Candidate at the Politecnico di Torino (Italy). Ministry of Education of Spain.

2007-10 – FPU National Scholarship for PhD Students, Ministry of Education of Spain.

2006 – First National Prize of Spain for University Graduates in Architecture (MArch), Ministry of Education of Spain. Awarded by the Minister of Education of Spain for the best academic performance in the country.

2004 – Study Abroad – Università degli Studi Roma Tre (Italy).



BArch March (2005), Master in Theory and History of Architecture (2007), PhD in Architecture (2012)