Elena Cánovas

Professor of Practice in Architecture

School of Architecture
Elena Cánovas


Areas of Expertise

  • Contemporary urbanity and public space
  • Collective urban housing and public amenity design
  • Multiscale architecture and urban design


Licensed in Architecture and Urban Design, Master in Architecture @ ETSABarcelona, Universitat Politectnica de Catalunya

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Architect, ETSA Barcelona, UPC (Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya). Master Degree in Architecture, Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture, Major in projects, town planning and history.

Licensed with practice in Barcelona, Spain. Co-principal of aSZ arquitectes www.aszarquitectes.com (1996-2018), co-founded with Antonio Sanmartín in Barcelona. Projects by the firm include the Badalona Central Library, the Hejduk Memorial Towers ann Trisca Community Center in Santiago de Compostela, Vidra Public Housing, Rianxo Auditorium, Gavá seafront units, Capuchinas Building for Huesca University and collaboration with Barcelona Tramway System in a transdisciplinary team.

Educator, at Sam Fox Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design, Washington University in St Louis, as full time faculty (2011-2017), Lecturer Abroad Summer Program in Barcelona (2007-2014) and Visiting Professor in 2003. Associate Professor at Escola Tecnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona (ETSAB, UPC) (1993-2012).

Diploma of advanced studies (DEA). Advanced research accreditation. (ABD) Doctorate Program at the Department of Design, ETSAB. Dissertation in progress, on Contemporary Public Space and Urbanity in mid-density urban settlements.

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