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, researcher and educator 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 doctoral dissertation, I studied the transnational urbanism of the Bata Shoe Company and showed how its corporate practices translated into built form. Since my defense, I have been looking at the spaces of industry in the context of radical shifts in the politics and technologies of production, in different institutions and research formats: as Emerging Curator 2015-16 at the Canadian Center for Architecture in Montreal, I led a conversation on the legacy of corporate driven actions in industrial offshoring destinations; with Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam, I was an initiator and co-principal researcher of ‘Automated Landscapes’, a project questioning the implications of automation in the built environment; and at TU Delft, I am part of ‘Cities of Making’, a 2.5 year JPI Urban Europe funded research project that explores opportunities for strengthening urban manufacturing in European cities.

I hold the degree of Architect from the School of Architecture of Madrid (ETSAM, 2006), a Master of Architecture in Urban Design, with distinction, from Harvard University (2011), and a Ph.D. cum laude in architecture from ETSAM (2016). During 2011-2012, I was research associate at the Department of Urban Planning and Design at Harvard, and served as executive director of the South America Project. Since March 2017, 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 2012 and 2015, I traveled to the worldwide network of Bata Shoe Company satellite towns as the 25th 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 prize recognized the best dissertation in the field of planning history written in English and defended between 2016 and 2017.

I have been the recipient of several  competitive individual grants and awards, including fellowships for postgraduate studies from Fundación Caja Madrid, Real Colegio Complutense at Harvard University and Fundación La Caixa, and the Druker Traveling Fellowship from Harvard University. In 2019, I'll be a fellow  at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart.

Additional grants received, including the Penny White Award and International Travel Community Service Fellowship from Harvard University, a Design Trust Hong Kong Feature Grant, an ERA-NET Cofund Smart Urban Futures research grant, and a Conference Grant by The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, have come as the result of collaborative efforts in proposal writing.

My work has been published in several magazines, online platforms, and edited volumes, including Work Body Leisure, Domus, Het Nieuwe Instituut, e-flux Architecture, Volume, Domus India, On Site Review, and Plot!. Additionally, I have presented research in the form of an audio-documentary produced by the Canadian Centre of Architecture, and in installations at the Vienna Biennial 2017 (with Het Nieuwe Instituut), and the Dutch pavilion at the Architecture Venice Biennale 2018 (on the architecture of full-automation, with Marten Kuijpers). The later was highlighted by critic Tracy Metz on NRC and object of an interview by JaJaJaNeeNeeNee, an online radio dedicated to the arts.

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 co-edited (with Dirk van den Heuvel) the 'inserts' Deconstruction and Total Space contained in Volume magazine.

I have been invited to lecture and participate in international activities: as a keynote and session chair at the scientific congress of the Bilbao Urban Regeneration Forum 2018, in conversations at the Venice Biennale of Architecture and Venice Biennale Sessions, and lectured in events organized by TU Delft,  Centre for Research Architecture in Goldsmiths,  University of Sheffield, Universidad Nebrija, Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem, the city of Partizanske, and Harvard University (Druker presentation, Druker @ 25, and Hinterland Urbanisms Symposium). Likewise, I have presented my research in the international scientific conferences of IPHS and ESAP.

Besides, between 2016 and 2017 I coordinated several events and conferences at the Jaap Bakema Study Centre at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam. At Harvard, I worked in the organization of the conferences Conditions and Projections and Hinterland Urbanisms Symposium. Also in that university, in 2010-11 I co-organized and co-curated events as part of the student association GSD Latino.

I am a manuscript reviewer of the journals  Planning Perspectives and ZARCH, and member of the editorial board of Footprint: Delft Architecture Theory Journal.

I teach master and post-master level urbanism studios at TU Delft, including master thesis supervision.  Prior to that, I taught at the School of Architecture San Pablo CEU and in ETSAM, and was teaching assistant at some courses at Harvard.

I have practiced as architect and urban designer as part of the design team of the Madrid Rio project (I designed its mysterious bollards), 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.


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