Miguel Guitart, Ph.D.
Visiting Associate Professor, Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning, University at Buffalo
Miguel Guitart obtained his Doctorate of Architecture at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid ETSAM, Polytechnic University of Madrid UPM in 2014, where he studied architecture, graduating in 2000. Guitart obtained his Master’s Degree at the Graduate School of Design GSD at Harvard University in 2003 as a J. W. Fulbright Scholar.
Guitart has taught at the Pontifical University of Madrid UPSAM, EINA University of Zaragoza UNIZAR, the Boston Architectural Center BAC, Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid ETSAM, Harvard University GSD, ESNE-UCJC, and the School of Design and Construction at Washington State University.
A licensed architect in Spain and a Principal at Gimeno Guitart, Guitart previously worked at the office of De Stefano+Partners in Chicago and Equator European Architects in Madrid, contributing to projects both in Europe and the US.
His Ph.D. research focuses on the phenomenological construction of the space through the exploration of light, vision and matter, with a special focus on filters. His current research has expanded into the relationships between the anonymous vernacular architecture and its contemporary counterpart, as well as issues of composition, basic design and perception in architecture. Guitart has published internationally numerous articles on architectural theory in magazines such as the Journal of Architectural Education JAE, Arquia Próxima, Cátedra Cerámica, TC Cuadernos, ZARCH, Future Arquitecturas, Rita and Arquitectura COAM, among others. He has also edited and authored several books, like The Depth of the Skin or the Práctica Arquitectónica PA book series on methods on the practice of architectural design.
The Beginning of Memory
BY MIGUEL GUITART, PH.D.
@ VOL 14
ON NOV 17, 2015
"The story of Buffalo is inextricably linked to the notion of memory. That memory is now in Danger."
In The Beginning of Memory from PechaKucha Night Buffalo Vol. 14, Spanish architect and academic Miguel Guitart remembers the importance of Buffalo's signature past and visual legacy that has made the city unique, and compels the audience to slow down enough to observe it for themselves, together on a quest to find it's soul once more. In this beautiful poetic performance, he shares a series of ephemeral photos of the city, titled "Americana" with music by Philippe Rombi and excerpts of Laurie Anderson's "The Beginning of Memory", illustrating that despite PechaKucha's fixed format, presentations can take all forms.
This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015.