Rafael Moneo
José Rafael Moneo Vallés

(1937-05-09) 9 May 1937 (age 86)
Tudela, Navarre, Spain
AwardsRolf Schock Prizes in Visual Arts (1993)
Pritzker Architecture Prize (1996)
Thomas Jefferson Medal in Architecture (2012)

José Rafael Moneo Vallés (born 9 May 1937) is a Spanish architect. He won the Pritzker Prize for architecture in 1996, the RIBA Royal Gold Medal in 2003, and La Biennale's Golden Lion in 2021.[1]


Born in Tudela, Spain, Moneo studied at the ETSAM, Technical University of Madrid (UPM) from which he received his architectural degree in 1961.

Moneo designed the Davis Art Museum at Wellesley College in Massachusetts and the Audrey Jones Beck Building (an expansion of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston). He also designed the Chace Center, a new building for the Rhode Island School of Design.[2] In December 2010, the Northwest Corner Building (formerly the Interdepartmental Science Building) at Columbia University in New York City first opened.

Moneo's most recent work is Peretsman-Scully Hall and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, which houses the psychology and neuroscience departments at Princeton University and opened in December 2013.

In 2012, Moneo was awarded with the 2012 Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts. According to the jury, Moneo is "a Spanish architect of universal scope whose work enriches urban spaces with an architecture that is serene and meticulous. An acknowledged master in both the academic and professional field, Moneo leaves his own mark on each of his creations by making them a weird modern type of building at the same time as combining aesthetics with functionality, especially in the airy interiors that act as impeccable settings for great works of culture and the spirit."[3]

Moneo's work has been shown in several international exhibitions including "Rafael Moneo. A Theoretical Reflection from the Profession" whose curator was his disciple, Francisco González de Canales.[4]





  1. ^ a b "Biennale Architettura 2021 | Rafael Moneo Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement". La Biennale di Venezia. 28 April 2021. Retrieved 30 April 2021.
  2. ^ Campus Initiatives: The Chace Center Archived 25 May 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Minutes of the Jury for the 2012 Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts. .
  4. ^ "Publicación - Rafael Moneo. Una reflexión teórica desde la profesión. Materiales de archivo 1961-2016". Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza (in Spanish). Retrieved 18 January 2022.
  5. ^ Zabalbeascoa, Anatxu (8 April 2016). "El Nacional de Arquitectura premia el rigor de Moneo" [The National Architecture Award for the Rigor of Moneo]. El País (in Spanish). Madrid. Retrieved 10 May 2019.