Fernando Nieto (Barcelona, 1978) is an architect, researcher and educator based in Helsinki. Since 2018 he is an Associate Professor of Architectural Design at Tampere University of Technology School of Architecture, as of 2019 Tampere University. From 2014 to 2018 he has been a postdoctoral researcher of Emergent Design Methodologies (Group X) and teacher of design studio courses at Aalto University Department of Architecture (School of Arts, Design and Architecture). He holds a PhD in Advanced Architectural Design from the Technical University of Madrid (ETSAM-UPM, 2014, Excellent Cum Laude, International Mention), a Master of Advanced Studies in Collective Housing (ETSAM-UPM, 2006) and a Master of Architecture from the University of Valladolid (ETSAVA-UVA, 2004).

He has gained various research grants such as the postgraduate scholarship from “la Caixa” Foundation or the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship for Foreign Scholars and Artists to do research at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich, 2013-14). His research interests stem from a deliberate, equidistant position between architectural theory and practice and are focused on design methodologies, as well as the search for new relations with other disciplines within the artistic, research and editorial practices. His research work has been published in specialized journals, awarded at the 14th Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism, and shortlisted in the 11th Biennial Competition for Doctoral Dissertations in Architecture arquia/tesis 2017 by Arquia Foundation.

He holds a professional practice for more than a decade. His work as an architect, alone and in collaboration with other architects, has won several awards and mentions, highlighting the j5 Competition for Young Architects in Andalusia, the Municipal Civic Centre in Boecillo (Valladolid), the CSCAE Experience/Future Competition, the VIII Architectural Awards of Castilla y León, the V Enor Architectural Awards or the NAN Awards for Architecture and Construction. His work has been exhibited at the IV Conference of Architects of Spain in Valencia or the Museum of Spanish Contemporary Art Patio Herreriano in Valladolid. He is a member of the Professional Association of Architects of Madrid (COAM) and the Finnish Association of Architects (SAFA), and he is COAM correspondent in Finland since 2015.

He is co-founder and co-editor-in-chief at HipoTesis Platform. His work as an editor has been awarded, always with collaborative works, among others in the 8th Latin American Biennial of Architecture and Urban Planning (VIII BIAU, 2012), the 13th Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism (XIII BEAU, 2016) and the FAD Awards in the category of Thought and Critique (First Prize ex aequo, 2016).

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2018/      Associate Professor. Tampere University/Tampere University of Technology. Finland
2014/18  Postdoctoral Researcher. Aalto University. Finland
2014       PhD in Advanced Architectural Design. ETSAM-UPM. Excellent Cum Laude. International Mention
2013/14  Visiting Researcher. ETH Zurich. Switzerland
2013       Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship for Foreign Scholars and Artists
2013       Built work. Library and Socio-Cultural Centre in Jávea
2013       Built work. Renovation of apartment in Madrid
2013       Built work. Single-family house in Madrid
2011       Built work. Social Housing in Madrid
2009/      HipoTesis platform. Co-founder/Co-editor-in-chief
2008       Built work. Civic Centre in Boecillo
2007       Diploma of Advanced Studies-Research Proficiency. ETSAM-UPM
2006       MAS in Collective Housing. ETSAM-UPM
2005       First Prize. Civic Centre in Boecillo
2005       Scholarship for postgraduate studies. “la Caixa” Foundation
2004       Architect ETSAVA. Master’s Thesis with grade Excellent 9/10
2003       COIE Scholarship
2001/02  Erasmus Scholarship. NTUA Athens. Greece
2000       Professional Intermediate-level of Music (specialty in Piano). Professional Conservatory of Music in Valladolid

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