Ribas i Piera, Manuel



1925-2013
He is a Doctor architect, graduated in Law, university professor and member of the "Institut d'Estudis Catalans" (he was president of its Science and Technology Department).
He was appointed as Honorary Academician of the "Reial Acadèmia Catalana de Belles Arts de Sant Jordi" on 17 March 1999, under the proposal of Permament Academicians Jordi Bonet Armengol, Leopoldo Gil Nebot and Enric Llimona Raymat.
In 2001 Generalitat de Catalunya awarded him with "Creu de Sant Jordi" distinction.
Between 1956 and 1990 he was Full professor at the Department of Planning of the School of Architecture of Barcelona and since then he is an Emeritus professor. He founded and supervised (1984) the Master on Landscape architecture hosted by the UPC ("Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya").
He works as a free lance practitioner in the fields of architecture, planning and landscape architecture.
He is co-author of Barcelona Regional Plan (1962) and of the Guidelines for Barcelona Metropolitan Area (1968); author of the Structure and Master Plan of the cities of Palma de Mallorca (1972), Murcia (1977) and Tortosa (1984). He is also co-author of the Planning and Subsidiary Urban Rules of the towns located in the "Vall de Ribes de Freser" area (1985), of the preliminary lay-out study for "Ronda de Dalt" in Barcelona (1987) and of the Master Plans of the towns of Campdevànol (1987) and Ripoll (1989).
He is also author of the Development plans of Murcia ("Ensanche Norte, CR3", 1982) and Tortosa ("Temple I", 1993). He was in charge of the project and execution of two new boulevards in "Carmel" neighbourhood (Barcelona 1991) and in Mollet town (1995), of the new square of the Town Council in Ripoll (1993) and of the renewing of the old town in Sant Pere de Torelló (1995).
He is author of the project for the monumental sorroundings of "Monestir de Ripoll", in Ripoll (1981). He was in charge of the project and execution for the restoration and enlargement of the wine cellar buildings and of the Fontcalda sanctuary, both in the town of Gandesa (1989).
He is co-author of the new "Vall d'Hebron" Campus ("Universitat de Barcelona", 1992) including the remodeling of the "Llars Mundet" historic building (faculties of Pedagogy and Psychology).
Co-author of "Parc de Vallparadís" (25 Ha), in Terrassa city. He has worked as coordinator of the whole project and he is responsible of a specific area in Phase I of the project (1989-2005).
Co-author of "Parc de Sa Riera" in Palma de Mallorca (2008), by competition.
His last architecture project has been the Parish Church in "La Mina" quarter in Sant Adrià de Besòs, Barcelona (2008).
He has published the books "Jardins de Catalunya" (Edicions 62, Barcelona 1991), "Nicolau M. Rubió i Tudurí i el planejament territorial" (Editorial Altafulla, Barcelona 1995) and "Barcelona i la Catalunya-ciutat" (Angle Editorial, Manresa 2004). He has also published a large number of articles in books and magazines, both in Spain and in foreign countries.
He was a member of the board of the "International Laboratory of Architecture and Urban Design" (ILAUD) promoted by the University of Urbino (Italy), since its foundation in 1974 until 2003.
The Spanish Association of Planners (AETU) appointed him as a member of the jury of the "European Planning Awards", promoted by the "European Council of Town Planners".


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