Jesús Donaire is a PH.D. Architect, curator and professor of architecture. He graduated from the School of Architecture of Madrid Polytechnic University. Thanks to a Fulbright scholarship, he was awarded a Master of Science Degree in Advanced Architectural Design by the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University in New York, with an Honour Award for Excellence in design and a William Kinne Fellows Prize. He was awarded with the 2015 Rome Prize in Architecture by the Spanish Royal Academy in Rome.

He has been awarded with several international prizes, such as the International Interior Design Association Prize, IIDA in Chicago, the COAM Award in Madrid and the Jury and Popular Awards in the first edition of the Architizer A+Awards in New York. His work has been published internationally and exhibited at the 13th edition of the Venice Biennale and at the 3rd edition of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale.

He is the curator and designer of the “DOMUSae, Spaces for Culture” exhibition and the associate curator and designer of the “YAS, Young Architects of Spain” exhibition, among others. Since 2013 he is Secretary of the BigMat International Architecture Award.

Jesús Donaire Architecture + Communication office is based in Madrid. The wide range of interests of the office spans from architecture projects, including new construction, interiors and ephemeral architecture, to those related to the diffusion of architecture, including curatorial, event management and editorial work.


Besides running his own office he has extensively collaborated, for almost a decade, with renowned architects Jesús Aparicio and Alberto Campo Baeza in Madrid and David Chipperfield in London.

During this enriching period he has been involved in various private commissions and winning competition projects such as the Elderly Facilities building in Salamanca and the Exile exhibition in Madrid with Jesús Aparicio, the Benetton Asilo Nido in Treviso with Alberto Campo Baeza or the Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield, the Barcelona Law Courts, the BBC Scotland office building and the Saint Louis Art Museum, with David Chipperfield.


He is Associate Professor of Architecture at ETSAM, Madrid Polytechnic University and Nebrija University. Visiting Professor at Politecnico di Milano and Boston Suffolk University – Madrid Campus. In 2007-2008 he was Teaching Assistant at The Barnard + Columbia College of Architecture. In 2001 he was Teaching Assitant at ETSAM, Madrid Polytechnic University.

He completed his Ph.D. in 2016, with a distinction Excellent «cum laude”, and directed by Professor Kenneth Frampton (GSAPP, Columbia University) and Professor Jesús Aparicio (ETSAM, Madrid Polytechnic University) on the transformation of the façade in 20th Century architecture. To develop this doctoral research he has had the support of the Fulbright Commission, the Social Council of the Madrid Polytechnic University, the William Kinne Fellows Prize – Columbia University, and the Rome Prize thanks to a Rafael del Pino scholarship.

He has been a visiting critic and lecturer at various universities such as Sapienza University in Rome, Politecnico di Milano, Politecnico di Bari, Università della Basilicata, Columbia University, the Institute of Technology and the Pratt Institute in New York, the KTH School of Architecture in Stockholm, Paris-Val de Seine University, the Spanish Academy in Rome, the AIA in Washington DC and the AIA New York Chapter in La Guardia Place, Cornell University in Ithaca, University of Texas Arlington in Dallas, Houston University, University of Texas A&M in College Station, Carleton University in Ottawa, Ryerson University in Toronto, Suffolk University in Boston or Francisco de Vitoria University in Madrid and various institutions such as the Matadero Madrid, Museo de Bellas Artes de Castellón and the Museo Soares dos Reis in Porto.



Jesús Lazcano
Bartolomé Gómez
Juan Laborda
João Quintela
Rocío Sempere
Cristina Sánchez
Miguel López
Eduardo Blanes
Diego Martínez
Marilena Petropoulou
Daniel Mira
Cristina Caballero
Inés Martín
Lourdes Jiménez
Alejandro Lezcano
Sofía Lens
Carlos Lozano
Alberto Luengo
Carlos Izquierdo
Jorge Calvo
Francisco Naranjo
Simone Leoni
Giuseppe Rizza
Gonzalo de Juan
Mattia Virdis

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