Sir David Chipperfield CBE, RA, RDI, RIBA

Founder and President of the Fundación RIA

Sir David Chipperfield was born in London in 1953. He studied at the Kingston Art School and the Architectural Association in London. After graduating, he worked in the studies of Douglas Stephen, Richard Rogers and Norman Foster. He founded the David Chipperfield Architects office in 1985. He has been Professor at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Stuttgart, from 1995 to 2001, and Guest Professor Norman R. Foster of Architectural Design at Yale University in 2011. He has lectured and lectured all over the world, in architecture schools in Austria, Italy, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. In 2012 he was curator of the 13th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale. David Chipperfield is an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects and the Bund Deustcher Architekten, and has recently obtained the Heinrich Tessenow Gold Medal, the Wolf Foundation Arts Prize, and the DAI (Verband Deutscher Architekten und Ingenieurvereine) Award Construction Culture. David Chipperfield was named Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2004, Royal Designer for Industry in 2006, and member of the Royal Academy in 2008. In 2009 he received the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, and in 2010 he was recognized (Sir) for services rendered to architecture in the United Kingdom and Germany. In 2011 he received the Gold Medal for Architecture from RIBA, and in 2013, the Praemium Imperiale of the Japan Art Association, both in recognition of his professional career.

Carlos Seoane

First Vice President of Fundación RIA

Carlos Seoane studied architecture and urbanism at the University of Santiago before completing his postgraduate studies at Columbia University, New York in 1991 and the ESAD, Porto, in 1994. Since 1996 he has been a professor at the School of Architecture at the University of A Coruña and, since 2010, director of the CA Institute’s international programme Compostela. He joined the RIA Foundation's board in 2019.

Carlos has worked with Rafael Viñoly Architects and Eisenman Architects in New York, as well as Álvaro Siza in Porto. Carlos has received several architecture awards, including the LLEDÓ 2018 Iberian Peninsula prize in the Public Space category, the 2016 FAD award for the Iberian Peninsula in the City and Landscape category, as well as the Juana de Vega Award in Architecture in 2010 and several awards in Architecture by Colegio de Arquitectos de Galicia in 2005, 2015, and 2017.

Carlos has also won numerous prizes for his painting and photography. He has published several books: Souto de Moura, Metro Porto (2018), Siza by Siza (2015), Iberê Camargo Museum (2013), Contemporary Compostelas (2012) and FCI, Faculty of Journalism (2003). In addition, he has collaborated with several specialised magazines, incluuding Casabella and Pasajes. His work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale of Architecture, at the International Biennale of Argentina (BIAR) and at the Aedes Gallery in Berlin.

Benito Blanco Avellano

Vice president and secretary of the Fundación RIA

Benito Blanco studied architecture at the ETSAM, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and joined David Chipperfield Architects in 2014.He has almost 20 years professional experience developed initially in his own studio and later in the studios of Herzog & de Meuron and OMA (Office For Metropolitan Architecture) as Project Director. Benito was appointed an Associate at DCA in 2015 and then Associate Director in 2016. He is responsible for a number of key projects including the transformation of the US Embassy in London and the expansion and renovation of Selfridges department store in Oxford Street, London.