School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape

Staff Profile

Dr Josep-Maria Garcia-Fuentes

Senior Lecturer in Architecture


Josep-Maria Garcia-Fuentes is Senior Lecturer in Architecture and researcher at the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape of Newcastle University. He is also a Fellow at the Catalan Observatory in the London School of Economics, and he has been previously Assistant Professor, Vice-Dean and International Coordinator at the Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura del Vallès-Barcelona in the Universitat Poitècnica de Catalunya-BarcelonaTECH. Josep-Maria has been also Visiting Professor at Tongji University, in China (2013) and at the Universidad de Concepción, in Chile (2014).

He was awarded the 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 (SAH), the Santander Bank, the Caja de Arquitectos, the Ministry of Science and Innovation of Spain and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya-BarcelonaTECH. He researches on the History of Architecture and Art, Heritage-making processes and preservation with a focus on 19th and 20th centuries. He has published widely and spoken about his research at international conferences and invited keynote lectures in different institutions in Europe, United Kingdom, the United States of America, China and Chile. He is also active in research projects in Spain, the United States of America, United Kingdom and Chile; and he has been Coordinator and Leader of a series of different European Intensive Programs funded competitively by the European Commission, with the participation of diverse international schools of architecture – held between 2007 and 2014.

Josep-Maria is also a licensed and register architect in Barcelona – Col·legi Oficial d'Arquitectes de Catalunya, COAC,  n. 49636-5. As a professional architect he has collaborated together with internationally awarded architects like Robert Brufau (2001-2005), Juan Navarro Baldeweg (2005-2006) and Josep Llinàs (2006-2007). He also develops his own professional practice since 2005. Is the author of the extension project for the Library of Montserrat, the first draft for the new Museum of Montserrat, and a number of designs for exhibitions.

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, Master in Theory and History of Architecture, PhD in Architecture