New Vernacular Architecture International Seminar

17-18 October 2019 | Conference Hall of the Third Floor. School of Architecture in Madrid (ETSAM)

Coinciding with the Award Ceremony of the Rafael Manzano Prize for New Traditional Architecture 2019, as in previous editions, an Seminario Internacional, with the title New Vernacular Architecture, will be held at the School of Architecture of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (ETSAM) on 17 and 18 October.

The registration is COMPULSORY and FREE for all those who wish to receive the program and book of the seminar, as well as the attendance certificate, and can be done by filling in the form at the end of this page or by writing an email to the address: or by filling out the form below.

It has been organized by INTBAU and the Rafael Manzano Prize for New Traditional Architecture, thanks to the support of the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust, through a grant from the Chicago Community Foundation for the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Fund, and the collaboration of Kalam, the Fundação Serra Henriques, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, the Escola Superior Gallaecia, the Universidad Alfonso X el Sabio, and the Centro de Investigación de Arquitectura Tradicional (CIAT-UPM), and it celebrates the European Year of Cultural Heritage.

The lectures will be indistinctly in Spanish or English, but we will have simultaneous translation Spanish-English and English-Spanish for all of them.

Seminar Program

October, 17th

9.00-9.30 Reception

9.30-10.00 Welcome
Fernando Vela Cossío
Javier Cenicacelaya
Alejandro García Hermida

First Session: New Vernacular Architecture I

10.00-10.30 Rafael Manzano Martos

10.30-10.50 Debate

10.50-11.10 Béjar in front of a mirror 
Abelardo Linares del Castillo Valero and Elena Jiménez Sánchez

11.10-11.30 Traditional architecture from Navarre as a reference for the Cerquo project in Olite
Estefanía Fernández-Cid Fernández-Viña, Xavier Espinós Bermejo, Lucía Espinós Bermejo and Rodrigo Toro Sánchez

11.30-12.00 Coffe break

Second Session: New Vernacular Architecture II

12.00-12.20 For architecture which is based on urbanism
Nada Breitman-Jakov and Marc Breitman

12.20-12.40 Vernacular Architecture as a Way of Continuity
Mohamad Hamaouie

12.40-13.00 New Urban Projects in Central America
Leon Krier

13.00-14.00 Round Table: Vernacular Architecture in Contemporary Practice
Manuel Blanco Lage, Javier Cenicacelaya, Melissa DelVecchio. Michael Lykoudis and Leon Krier.
Moderator David Rivera

14.00-14.30 Debate

October, 18th


Third Session: Traditional Building Crafts and the Continuity of Vernacular Architecture

9.00-9.20 Reception

9.20-9.40 Heritage Carpentry: The Doors with orejeras of Écija
Miguel Ángel Balmaseda

9.40-10.00 The craftsman as an ally of the architect. Examples in the city of Écija
Fernando Martín Sanjuán

10.00-10.20 Debate

10.20-11.00 Coffy Break

Forth Session: Modern Vernacular Architecture in the Contemporary World

11.00-11.20 Vernacular as Style
Robert Adam

11.20-11.40 The Southern California Vernacular
Stefanos Polyzoides

11.40-12.00 The continuity of the vernacular in modern Portuguese architecture
José Baganha

12.00-12.20 The development of Regionalism in Spanish architecture
Fernando Vela Cossío

12.20-13.00 Debate

Closing Session

13.00-13.20 Interventions in the Traditional Architecture of Albarracin
Antonio Almagro

13.20-13.40 Form follows construction: Our journey through traditional architecture
Antonio Maria Braga y Alberto Castro Nunes

13.40-14.00 Initiatives Promoting Traditional Building and Architecture in Spain and Portugal in 2019
Alejandro García Hermida

14.00-14.30 Conclusions
Carol Wyant y Alejandro García Hermida