Josep Bohigas Arnau

Josep Bohigas Arnau

Celebrated Architect, General Manager of the Urban Development Agency Barcelona Regional

Josep Bohigas holds a degree in Architecture from the ETSAB (UPC), an Official Master's Degree in Communication and Design from Pompeu Fabra University (UPF), and studied at the AAD Master's program from Columbia University.
He is an associate professor at the ETSAB, co-director of the Master's degree in Lighting Design at the UPC Foundation, and a guest lecturer at various universities around the world.
He was co-director of the BOPBAA Architecture studio from 1991 to 2015, winning various architectural competitions and building several projects including the extension to the Thyssen Museum in Madrid, a Housing block in the Forum area in Barcelona and the El Molino theatre in Barcelona.  He has received several awards for professional recognition in Architecture and Design, including three FAD awards (1998, 2000, 2007) and three City of Barcelona awards (2007, 2014, 2016).
Throughout these years of teaching and working professionally, he has as well, directed and curated many cultural activism programmes, including Barraca Barcelona 2003, APTM 2005, EME3 2009, Arquitectes de Capçalera 2014 and Piso Piloto 2015, which have examined and highlighted new solutions to the housing problem.
Since January 2016, he is the general manager of the Urban Development Agency Barcelona Regional.

Everything is Housing

The Barcelona City Council has developed successful urban strategies that address the challenges faced by local administrations. Their models, such as the Barcelona and Olympic models, have transformed the city by focusing on various aspects of urban development. Currently, their approach centers around housing and health, with an emphasis on urban regeneration and cross-cutting policies.

Barcelona's new city model, known as Superblock Barcelona, aims to bring essential services closer to homes and create livable neighborhoods. It prioritizes affordable housing, accessible public transport, and safe public spaces, recognizing the social dimension of housing as a fundamental right. The city's commitment to social responsibility is evident in initiatives like the Vila Veïna project, which provides care services for the elderly in proximity to their homes.

The Barcelona City Council is dedicated to increasing and improving public housing, promoting renovation, and preventing the loss of housing through community mediation. Their vision is to establish residential Superblocks throughout the city, integrating housing plans with local commerce and essential services. By prioritizing housing and considering the needs of its residents, Barcelona aims to create a sustainable and inclusive urban environment that prioritizes the well-being and quality of life for all its citizens.