After completing master’s studies in architecture and environment design in Madrid and London, Alberto started his own practice, IDEA architecture office. His expertise covers technical and innovative concepts applied to creatives industries. In September 2017, he was appointed Spanish Ambassador for Science in the UK, combining diplomacy with science and technology.
His practice specialises in singular buildings, interdisciplinary research, and consultancy in design, technology and human interaction. He offers a unique creative vision and understands the current needs of industry and education, pioneering new pedagogical methods and strategic models for partnering public and private sector organisations with academia to co-create prototypes that respond to everyday needs.
Due to the interdisciplinary nature of his practice, he has been covering different subjects in academia. Coordinating the successful Postgraduate Mentoring Programme, delivering dissertation tutorials for Contextual Studies and Professional Practice for undergraduate and postgraduate students at Ravensbourne. Furthermore, he is a visiting lecturer at various universities in Spain and he is a mentor and fellow of the Society of Spanish Researchers in the UK (SRUK).
His academic work and research included sites like Spain, South Korea, China, Slovenia, Italy, France, EAU, United States or even the planet Mars. The latest, Mars UTOPIA, researched the possibilities of 3D printers and new materials in the colonization of planet Mars, as a solution to generate architectures in extreme environments. The project has been noted by The Royal Academy of Arts and featured by Dezeen, Designboom or Archdaily, among other renowned publications and has been recently exhibited in Madrid by the Telefónica Foundation.
In addition, he has completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning for Creative Courses in 2018 at Ravensbourne University London.
Alberto Villanueva BA (Hons) MArch MA (Distinction) PGCE FHEA
Associate Senior Lecturer Architecture | Subject Leader for MA Environment Design