Jesús Aparicio (Madrid, 1960) is a Spanish architect. His work and thinking are focus in merging the thinking-teaching-building understanding these three abilities as a whole. He graduated with honors in both Design and Urbanism specializations at the School of Architecture of Madrid (ETSAM) in 1984.

He was awarded with the Rome Prize in 1987 and subsequently with a Fulbright/Ministry of Education grant. He researched several years at Columbia University, where he got a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Building Design. Jesús Aparicio is a PhD architect and since 2009 full professor of Architectural Design at the School of Architecture of Madrid (ETSAM). During the academic years 2001/02 and 2011/12 he has been Visiting Scholar at the Graduated School of Architecture of Columbia University (GSAPP).

He has been guest lecturer and speaker in several international universities and institutions as the Politecnico de Milano, the Architectural Association of London, the Darmstadt Institute of Technology, the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Paris-Belleville and Paris-Val de Seine, Università di Roma “La Sapienza”, Harvard University, Massachussets Institute of Technology (MIT), Columbia University, Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Universidad de Palermo in Buenos Aires, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, KTH Royal Institute of Technology of Sweden, the Institute of Architects of Bangladesh (IAB) or Keio University in Japan, among others.

As an architect he designed and built a Residential Building, an Elderly Facility Center and the House of the Horizon, all of them located in Salamanca and a cottage in the meadow of Extremadura, Spain. In Madrid, he built the Contemporary Architecture Documentation Center. Currently, he is developing two country villas: one the Madrid outskirts and another one in Andalusia. He designed and curated several exhibitions among which stand JAE, "Young Spanish Architects" in 2008 and “DOMUSae, Spaces for Culture” in 2010, with which he has obtained several awards. Currently he is the Chairman of the European BigMat International Award and deputy Dean of the School of Architecture of Madrid (ETSAM)


His architecture has been awarded with many Spanish and international prizes including the AR+D Prize of the RIBA, the Architecture and Town Planning Prize from Madrid City Council, the APD Award of Design, the HYSPALIT Brick Architecture Award and the Saloni Award. In 2000, he represented Spain at the Venice Architecture Biennale and gets a Special Mention in the European Architecture Award Luigi Cosenza. In 2005, he was selected to take part in the Spanish Architecture Biennale. In 2008, he was nominated for the Klippan Award as well as for the Swiss Architectural Award, and in 2012 he won the 39th edition of the IIDA Awards. More recently in 2016, he was runner-up at the XIII edition of the Spanish Architecture and Town Planning Biennial.

His double facet of theoretical investigations and built projects has been published widely national and internationally. He is a member of the Group of Investigation “The Habitat Culture” from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Aparicio is the editor of the Essays on Architecture and Ceramics collection and Director of the Ceramic Chair at School of Architecture of Madrid. Also, he was the director of the Congress "Crisis in Architecture?" that took place in Brussels in 2010 and the annual International Congress “Architecture and Ceramics” since 2010. Among his published books are: "El Muro" [The Wall], part of his PhD Thesis, "El Hogar del Jubilado" [Elderly Facility Center], "Terragni, la densidad del espacio" [Terragni, the Density of the Space], "El Danteum" [The Danteum], the monography "Jesús Aparicio AA40" and "Construir con la razón y los sentidos" [Building with the Reason and the Senses] or “Enseñando a mirar” [Teaching to Gaze] both a series of short essays about teaching and learning Architecture.