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Juan Ruescas Baztán
Associate Teaching Professor
Portrait of Juan Ruescas Baztan
Department of Architecture
225 Stuckeman

Ruescas Baztán completed his post-professional studies, holds a professional degree, and an international Ph.D. in Architectural Design from E.T.S.A.M., Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain.

His work deals with time: material intervention upon the existing, bond breakage, and reconfiguration as a means of a shift in function, in meaning.

In his published dissertation "Tenacious Objects," he explores the conditions and properties that enable certain built structures to endure through minimal material transformation. His research is objectified in different mediums; an oeuvre that is comprised of large-scale canvas series, art pieces, and installations.

His latest piece, Reflexive Forest, was awarded first prize in the All-In International competition, to be built on Penn State grounds.

As a registered architect in Spain, his built work includes the adaptive reuse of the Aurosol Factory, Madrid's Municipal AVAM Artist's Experimental Ateliers, and the renovation of a series of private residences. Among his theoretocal design proposals are the San Isidoro of Avila Romanesque Ruins protection structure or the NeWindsor Urban Capacitor.

Courses Taught

  • ARCH 491/492H — Undergraduate THESIS
  • ARCH 536 – Graduate THESIS
  • ARCH 497B – Parti
  • ARCH 497D – Improvisation


In addition to his book Objetos Tenaces (Nobuko, SA, Buenos Aires, Argentina, forthcoming September 2018. ISBN: 978-987-4000-81-1), Ruescas Baztán has contributed chapters to publications that include A.Z.C.A. Premio Especial Fundación Asprima (Madrid, Spain, 2006, ISBN: 978-84-611-6255-0), Campus Internacional Ultzama (Madrid, June 2013, ISBN: 978-84-92409-71-6), CIRCO: Revisitando a Le Corbusier (Madrid, Spain, 2011, ISBN: 978-84-92641-84-0), Espacio social, mercado y hábitat en Casablanca, (Madrid, Spain, 2012, ISBN: 978-84-940645-6-2), and Tesis Recientes (COAM Madrid, forthcoming September 2018).

His published articles are included in international periodicals such as Casabella (Milano, Italy, no. 801, May 2011, ISSN: 0008-7181), Domus (Milano, Italy, nº 914, May 2008, ISSN: 0012-5377), Oris (Zagreb, Croatia, no. 74, 2012, and no. 102, 2017, ISSN: 1331-7571), CIRCO M.R.T. Coop (Madrid, Spain, no. 126, 2004), Pasajes de arquitectura y critica (Madrid, Spain, no. 119, 2011, ISSN: 1575-1937), and Transfers (New York, no. 7(1), Spring 2017, ISSN: 2045-4813). 

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