Barcelona, Spain 1955


Xavier Vendrell studied architecture in his native city of Barcelona, where he has been practicing architecture since 1983. His work embraces a range of scales from landscape architecture, urban design, public buildings, housing and interior design.


In 1988, his office won the competition for the Poblenou Park in the Olympic Village of Barcelona. His office (Ruisanchez-Vendrell, Architects) was involved in several other projects for the 1992 Olympic Games. Xavier Vendrell won the FAD Award in 1997 for the Riumar School. He has also taught at the Barcelona School of Architecture (1990-1998). He has lectured across Europe, USA and Latin America. He has been visiting Professor at Washington University, School of Architecture in St. Louis, Missouri in 1994 and 1996, and visiting professor at School of Architecture, College of Architecture and the Arts, University of Illinois at Chicago in 1997, 1998 and 1999 as the Jens Jensen Visiting Professor in Landscape Urbanism. His works and projects have been published in magazines and books, and presented in several exhibitions internationally. He was co-founder, in 1986, of A30 Edicions d’Architecture and he has written numerous articles for journals.


Xavier Vendrell founded in 1999 Xavier Vendrell Studio Chicago/Barcelona, a collaborative practice of architecture, landscape and design.


In August 2001, Xavier Vendrell was appointed Professor of Architecture, at School of Architecture, the College of Architecture and the Arts at the University of Illinois at Chicago.