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Beth Galí

Barcelona (Spain)

Beth Galí

Urbanist architect and landscape and industrial designer. President of the Prize jury (2024)

Cofounder of the Barcelona-based BB+GG landscaping and urban architecture studio, she has taught in the Urban Planning Laboratory of the Barcelona School of Architecture and has been guest lecturer at the universities of Lausanne (Switzerland), Delft (Holland) and Harvard (USA). She was president of FAD (Fostering Arts and Design), Barcelona, from 2001 to 2009. Notable among her publications are Contra-diccions: un foc creuat sobre el món contemporani (Contra-dictions: Crossfire over the Contemporary World, RBA La Magrana, 2013), which explores the most burning issues and contradictions of today’s world through conversations with first-class thinkers, including Noam Chomsky, Susan George, and Daniel Cohn-Bendit.

In recent decades, she has taken part in some of Europe’s most significant projects of urban architecture, most notably the Piet Smith urban spaces of Rotterdam’s pier (Holland), rehabilitation of the old centre of Cork (Ireland), the Forum city beach (Barcelona), and the HafenCity Hamburg Port (Germany). Her projects stand out for the special attention they give to favouring the use of pedestrian zones and quality of public space.

She has been awarded national and international prizes and nominations for her work in the areas of design, architecture, urban planning, and landscape design, among them the ADI-FAD Silver Delta award (1984), the Dutch Omgevingsarchitectuuprijs for her Vughterstraat project (1999), the order of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres from the French government (2003), and the St George Cross from the Government of Catalonia in 2005.

[Update: 10 January 2024]

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