CV Leon Benacerraf Botbol

Leon Benacerraf Botbol

Leon Benacerraf studied at the Superior Technical School of Architecture in Madrid and obtained a Master’s degree (MARCHII) from the Southern California Institute of Architecture. In 1994 he set up, with Begoña Diaz-Urgorri, the BDU studio in Madrid.

BDU is an international architectural firm specializing in Contemporary Architecture, Planning, Technological Investigation and Cultural Analysis and which focuses on practice and experimentation.

During his training, Leon Benacerraf worked in Santa Monica with architects Thom Mayne, from Morphosis Architects, and Frank O. Gehry.

The Studio is involved in a broad range of projects which includes single-family residential properties, shopping centres, housing blocks, sports centres, major infrastructures and urban planning projects, modular structures, etc.

The projects on which the Studio is currently working include the VIALIA High Speed Train Station in Vigo, Spain, and the Refurbishment of Palacio de Santoña which is to house the headquarters of the Madrid Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

His work has featured in specialist journals and has been shown at both individual and collective exhibitions. In 1991, Leon Benacerraf represented Spain at the XLIII Biennale di Archittetura di Venezia.

The awards he has won include the Madrid City Council’s Architectural Awards in 1998 and 2007.

He was a lecturer at the SCI-ARC up until 1993. He has been an Advisory Member in the Cultural Area at the COAM Cultural Foundation and has served on numerous judging panels for different architectural schools the world over.

In addition to his architectural work, Leon Benacerraf is a founding member and director of ANDRIA (the Marc Rich Group real estate company).

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