Joan Busquets is an architect, urban planner and chair professor of Urban Planning and Design at the GSD, Harvard University since 2002. Before he was professor at School of Architecture in Barcelona UPC - ETSAB. Founderof LUB Barcelona’s Urban Laboratory). He served as Head of Urban Planning for the Barcelona City Council during the formative years, from 1983 to 1989, and in the preparations for the Barcelona Olympics in 1992, including the New Downtowns for the City program and the improvement process for existing neighbourhoods. Afterwards he had participated in strategic urban planning and design for the European cities of The Hague, Delft, Geneva, Rotterdam, Toledo, Lisbon and Toulouse among others around the world like Singapore, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Ningbo, Harbin, Montrealand Sao Paulo. Awarded with the 2012 Paris Grand Prix Spécial de l'Urbanisme (France) and 2011 Erasmus prize (The Netherlands). Elected full member of the Académie d'Architecture de France (2016).
Busquets has published many books, including: Barcelona: the Urban Evolution of a Compact City (2014), Toledo and its Future (2000), Barcelona, Ciutat Vella: old town with a future(2003), Bringing the Harvard Yards to the River (2004), Six projects for Downtown's Den Haag (2004), Cities X-Lines: A new lens for the urbanisticproject(2007), Cerdà and the Barcelona of the future(2009), “Joan Busquets - City in layers” (2011), World Architecture Magazine nº 272 WA -Designing Urban Architecture: Joan Busquets+BAU/BLAU (2013), Toulouse - Identité et partage du centre-ville (2014), Redesigning Gridded Cities - 4 Volume Set: Hangzhou Underlays, Manhattan Framework, Chicago Boundless and Barcelona Collage(2017), Savannah: Rethinking the multi-scalar capacity of the city project (2018) and Urban Grids: Handbook for Regular City Design (2019)
Goldsmith Interviews is a series of faculty-led video interviews with visiting lecturers at The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture. Each semester, the School’s Lectures and Exhibitions Committee invites international experts in the fields of architecture, architectural history, community and regional planning, historic preservation, interior design, landscape architecture, sustainable design, urban design, and other allied disciplines to share career highlights and a range of models for practice. Goldsmith Interviews features short conversations with these experts, filmed before they take the stage for their public lectures