PhD architect and Associate Professor in Architecture Projects Department at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya Barcelona Tech. His thesis “Infrastructural Voids. Operative Strategies for the Project of the Contemporary City”, has been graded as Excellent Cum Laude (2015).
Graduated from Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya with Masters Degree in Architecture in 1996, Xavier Vancells started his professional career in 1997. From 1997 to 2000 received a FI Research Grant at the Architecture Projects Department UPC. In 2000 established FFPV Arquitectura with Franc Fernandez and Carles Puig, architects and in 2007 founded his own firm XVA, Xavier Vancells Arquitectura . Since 2000, he has been professor at the Architecture Projects Department in the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Vallès School of Architecture, where he set up Postindustrial Landscapes in 2008. He is a member of the Research Group ARCHT at the UPC- Barcelona Tech and has been Assistant Professor of Architecture at the Institute of Architecture BIArch 2012 and at the Illinois School of Architecture (2016), among other academic activities.
The work of Xavier Vancells has been published and exhibited internationally, and has received several awards including Nomination FAD Awards of Architecture 2010, Finalist 5th Biennal of Architecture Vallès 2009, Finalist FAD Awards of Architecture 2007, First Prize 4th Biennal of Architecture Vallés 2007 Public Architecture Category, First Prize 4th Biennal of Architecture Vallés 2007 Regeneration Category, First Prize 2nd Biennal of Architecture Vallés 2003, Finalist FAD Awards of Architecture 2003. XVA’s work has been exhibited in ‘Export Barcelona’ at the SICLI Pavillon Genève (2014) and at the Mendrisio School of Architecture (2013), ‘Spain Lab’ at the Spanish Pavilion in the Venice Biennale of Architecture (2012), ‘Architecture Catalane 2004-2009. Portrait d’époque’ in the Cité de l'Architecture & du Patrimoine in Paris (2009), ‘Deadline Today!’ Wonderland for Architecture in the ArchitekturZentrum in Vienna (2009), and ‘Patent Constructions. New architecture made in Catalonia’ in the Deutsches ArchitekturMuseum in Frankfurt (2007).