Sanz Serif, a makeshift nickname earned as a result of my typographic likes, is the umbrella under which I present the diverse facets of my work: academic research on architecture and urbanism, design speculations, graphic design, curatorial and editorial work, and writings developed individually or collaborately, in institutional settings or independently.

Current focus: Workscapes.

 VMS / Víctor Muñoz Sanz

I am a Spanish-Mexican architect based in Amsterdam. My work examines the notion of workscapes, that is, the architectures and territories of human and automated labor, and spaces shaped by initiatives and innovations of industrial entrepreneurs. In Networked Utopia, my Ph.D. dissertation, I studied the transnational urbanism of the Bata Shoe Company and showed how its corporate practices translated into built form. Currently, in different institutions and research formats, I am looking at the spaces of industrial offshoring and reshoring in the context of radical shifts in the politics and technologies of production: as Emerging Curator 2015-16 at the Canadian Center for Architecture, I led a conversation on the legacy of corporate driven actions in industrial offshoring destinations; at TU Delft, I am part of ‘Cities of Making’, a project that explores opportunities for strengthening urban manufacturing in European cities. And with Het Nieuwe Instituut, I was co-principal researcher of ‘Automated Landscapes’, a project revealing the spatial production of full-automation which is presented in the Dutch pavilion in the 2018 Architecture Venice Biennale

hold the degree of Architect from the School of Architecture of Madrid (ETSAM), a Master of Architecture in Urban Design, with distinction, from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. Cum Laude in architecture from ETSAM.

I am postdoctoral researcher at the Chair of Urban Design-Urban Compositions of the Department of Urbanism at the Faculty of Architecture and Built Environment of TU Delft.

Between 2016 and 2017 I was coordinator of the Jaap Bakema Study Centre at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam.

For some months end of 2019, I'll be a fellow in Architecture at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart.

Between 2012 and 2015, I traveled to the worldwide network of Bata Shoe Company satellite towns as a Druker Fellow of the Harvard Graduate School of Design. My study, then my doctoral dissertation, became an unprecedented survey of the legacy of these modern industrial towns built in the interwar period. This work was awarded the 2018 Anthony Sutcliffe Dissertation Award by the International Planning History Society (IPHS). The award recognizes the best dissertation in the field of planning history written in English defended between 2016 and 2017.

My work has been published in Work Body LeisureDomuse-flux ArchitectureVolumeDomus IndiaOn Site Review, and Plot!I edited, and designed, two books for the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD): Extreme Urbanism: Reimagining Mumbai's Back Bay (with Rahul Mehrotra, 2011), and Extreme Urbanism 2: Speculations and Alternative Futures for the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (with Rahul Mehrotra and Gareth Doherty, 2012); and edited 'inserts' (with Dirk van den Heuvel) contained in Volume magazine.

I have been the recipient of several grants and awards, including fellowships for postgraduate studies from Fundación Caja MadridReal Colegio Complutense at Harvard University and Fundación La Caixa, and the Penny White Award and the Druker Traveling Fellowship from Harvard University. 

I teach master and post-master level urbanism studios at TU Delft. Prior to that, I taught at the School of Architecture San Pablo CEU and in ETSAM, and was Research Associate at the Department of Urban Planning and Design at the Harvard GSD, where I also served as Executive Director of the South America Project

I have experience in practice as architect and urban designer, including being part of the design team of the Madrid Rio project, awarded with the 12th Victoria Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design (Harvard GSD), and leading the design of a winning proposal in a competition in Toledo.

Besides urban research and design, my interests include data visualization, and the design of maps and timelines.

 

Fellowships, Awards, and Honors

2008

Anthony Sutcliffe Dissertation Award, International Planning History Society

 

2017

2017-2019 Fellow in Architecture, Akademie Schloss-Solitude, Stuttgart

 

2016

Honorable Mention. 2016 Call for Fellows of Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam

 

2015

Emerging Curator 2015-2016. Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal

 

2013-2015

Fellowship for postgraduate studies from Fundación La Caixa

 

2010-2012

Fellowship from the Real Colegio Complutense at Harvard University

 

2011

Druker Traveling Fellowship

US$ 40,000 travel grant awarded by the Department of Urban Planning and Design of the Harvard Graduate School of Design to support the project “Networked Utopia.”

 

2011

Penny White Award

US$ 2.500 research grant awarded by the Department of Landscape Architecture of the Harvard Graduate School of Design to support the project “196925m”.

 

2010

Community Service Fellowship Program. International Travel Grant

US$ 3,500 awarded by the Harvard Graduate School of Design to support the project “Atlas of Public Space in Mexico City.”

 

2009-2011

Fellowship for postgraduate studies from Fundación Caja Madrid

Covering full tuition and living expenses for a two-year master program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

 

2003-2004

Illinois Institute of Technology scholarship

 

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