Montserrat Bonvehi-Rosich was the 2017-2018 Daniel Urban Kiley Fellowship at the Graduate School of Design. She is a licensed Spanish architect and urban designer with an interest in living systems, climate and soils in urban environments, hybridity in American suburbia and high density urbanism.
Her ongoing project “The Landscape We Eat” seeks to unfold geomorphological, climatic and infrastructural relationships in food systems. This food project started as a collaboration with Mugaritz, a Michelin recognized restaurant located in the Basque Country, Spain. The resulting work was launched as a performance in CA2M Madrid Picnic Sessions Festival 2014, exhibited in Milan as part of the universal exhibition EXPO 2015, and included in the guerrilla cartography publication Food Atlas.
Previously Montserrat has taught core studios in both the Departments of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of Virginia. She has also taught in the Architecture and Industrial Design Department at Iowa State University and at the Urban Design Department at ETSAB-UPC Barcelona.
Her urban design studio research has been exhibited at the Ecological Society of America National Conference in 2015 in Baltimore and part of the International Schools of Architecture Prize at the Barcelona 9th Landscape Biennial of Landscape Architecture.
She received a Bachelor/Master in Architecture from ETSAB-UPC Barcelona. Her thesis work on the Madrid River Olympic Games project was completed under the supervision of Ignacio Abalos from ETSAM and Eduard Bru from ETSAB, and received the top thesis award in her year. While at ETSAB-UPC she received national and international fellowships to study at Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio in Switzerland with Peter Zumthor and at ETSAM, Madrid. She is currently a PhD candidate at ETSAB working on domestication strategies of public space in Asian urbanism. Before starting her own practice in Spain she worked for Andrés Jaque Architects in Madrid.
In 2010 she received a top award from COAC (Col.legi Oficial d’Arquitectes de Catalunya) for her built work redesigning the public space of a Kindergarten in Catalunya. She has also received architecture competition awards for her unbuilt work, from Barcelona and Madrid Municipalities, such as16 Portes – an urban design competition in Barcelona to re-think the urban ecological edge of the Collserola mountains and the urban metropolitan area of Barcelona. Her work has been published in Detail, Plataforma Arquitectura, Quaderns among others.
Montserrat Bonvehi Rosich, Instructor