Juan Domingo Santos, born in 1961 in the city of Granada, Spain, is an architect and a Projects lecturer at the Granada School of Architecture, and he has been a visiting lecturer at several foreign school of architecture including the Laussane Polytechnic, Switzerland; Lisbon Faculty of Architecture, Portugal; Fach Hochschule Lausitz de Cottbus, Germany; Fakultät Architektur an der Technischen Universität Dresden, Germany ; Faculty of Architecture and Interior Design, San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador ; Columbia University, New York, USA ; School of Art, Architecture and Design de Guadalajara, Mexico) ; AAI, Architectural Association of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland; and currently at the Technische Universität München, Germany.
He has also taught at many Spanish schools including the Navarra, Barcelona and Madrid Schools of Architecture, amongst others. His work has followed a research line concerning landscapes undergoing transformation and architectural operations on heritage buildings. His PhD thesis, “The innovative tradition. On transformations in architecture and art”, was recently awarded a prize by the Caja de Arquitectos Foundation and selected for publication in the Arquitesis collection. He has been appointed Commissioner for several exhibitions including “Chiado. Lisbon. Álvaro Siza, the strategy of memory”, “Music and poetry in southern Al-Ándalus” and recently, “Las fábricas del Sur. On the industrial heritage in Andalusia”. His work has been displayed at exhibitions in Spain and abroad including the 7th Biennale di Architettura di Venice; On Site, New Architecture in Spain organized by the MOMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Spanish Architecture Biennale (1994 and 2011), and he has been nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Prizes (2007), amongst others.
His studio is located in the alcohol distillery of a former sugar factory in Granada, recovered as part of a revitalization project for residential and working uses. He has recently finished “An Encounter”, a short film produced in conjunction with cinema director Juan Bollaín, which describes his experience as a squatter in the factory and his experiments there since 1986, which have influenced his way of understanding the relationship between architecture and heritage, and at the same time, emerged as a rescue mission for this abandoned industrial precinct.