Alberto Villanueva is an architect, academic and researcher in London, UK. After completing master’s studies in architecture and environment design in Madrid and London, he started his own practice, IDEA architecture office, combining it with his work as a lecturer and researcher. His expertise covers technical and innovative concepts applied to creatives industries. In September of 2017, he was appointed as Spanish Ambassador for Science in the UK, combining diplomacy with science and technology.
Due to the interdisciplinarity of the nature of his works, he is covering different subjects at Ravensbourne. Alberto has been coordinating the successful Postgraduate Mentoring Programme at the same time that he is teaching Contextual Studies and Professional Practice for undergraduate and postgraduate students at Ravensbourne. Furthermore, he is visiting lecturer at different universities in Spain and he is mentor and fellow of the SRUK (Society of Spanish Researchers in the UK).
He is currently combining his professional practice studying a postgraduate course in teaching and learning in creative courses (PGCertEd, University of Arts London) and a fellowship for the HEA.
Alberto’s academic projects cover a wide range of scope in scale and have significantly diverse project approaches. His academic work and research included sites like Spain, South Korea, China, Slovenia, Italy, France, EAU, United States or even the planet Mars. This last project, Mars UTOPIA, researching the possibilities of 3D printers and new materials in the colonization of planet Mars, as a solution to generate architectures in extreme environments; has been noted by The Royal Academy of Arts and featured by Dezeen, Designboom or Archdaily, among other renowned publications. This research has been recently exhibited in Madrid by Telefónica Foundation.
Alberto Villanueva BA (Hons) MArch MA (Distinction) PGCertEd FHEA (Candidate)
Subject Leader for MA Environment Design, Tutor for Contextual Studies, Coordinator of the Postgraduate Mentoring Programme, Tutor for the fashion department