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The Focus Foundation announces the winner of the Prize for Best Doctoral Thesis on a theme related to Seville, 2016


● Ramón Quiero Tejada, Doctor of Architecture at the University of Seville, has been awarded this distinction from the Focus Foundation.

● The winning thesis entitled, The Municipal Board and The Royal Patronage of Seville’s Cheap Homes: Contributions to the city’s establishment by means of social housing 1913 -1986, deals with developments in social housing in Seville throughout the 20th century in both institutions.

Seville, April 18, 2017 - The Prize for the Best Doctoral Thesis on a theme related to Seville was awarded to Ramón Quiero Tejada, Doctor of Architecture and Professor at the Technical School of Architecture at the University of Seville for his work, Patronato Municipal y Real Patronato de Casas Baratas de Sevilla: aportaciones a la conformación de la ciudad a través de la vivienda social 1913 -1986 (The Municipal Board and The Royal Patronage of Seville’s Cheap Homes: Contributions to the city’s establishment by means of social housing 1913 -1986.) The 3,000 euro prize has been awarded by the Focus Foundation since 1983, and includes publication of the work, if the Foundation’s Board of Trustees believes it is appropriate, in order to disseminate the thesis as widely as possible.

The jury for the competition, chaired by Francisco García Novo, lecturer and trustee of the Focus Foundation, noted that the study undertaken by Ramón Queiro Quijada and directed by Victoriano Sainz Gutiérrez, is “an excellent work that makes an in-depth study into social housing in Seville throughout the twentieth century, especially by means of two vital institutions; the Municipal Board and the Royal Patronage, which were created as a result of legislation being laid down in relation to ‘cheap housing’  which, thereafter, became known as social housing.”

Likewise, the jury highlights how the thesis “allows one of the fundamental features in Seville’s contemporary development to be shown in one of its defining and vital facets.”

The objective of the thesis, according to the author, was “to study Seville from a different perspective; through social housing.” In his own words, the thesis originally “was going to be a monographic dedicated to the two Boards but as I continued with my investigations, I realized that the level of production of houses from both institutions was such that they became two driving forces in promoting growth in Seville during much of the twentieth century.” Consequently, we may conclude that the “importance of social housing in the city’s development is undeniable thanks to the 20,000 houses built by both institutions for more than 100,000 people.”

Ramón Queiro Quijada obtained a degree in architecture from the E.T.S. of Architecture in Seville, in 2005, and has been an associate professor at the University of Seville since 2009. He obtained a diploma in Advanced Studies in the area of Town Planning and Urban Management in 2012, and Doctor of Architecture in 2016. At present, he lectures Bachelor and Master degrees on Town Planning at the Escuela de Organización Industrial in Seville. Moreover, he has lectured the Master’s program in Urban Land Development at the Universitat Politècnica in Catalonia, and is member of the Investigation group HUM710: City, Countryside and Territory, performing investigative work into urban regeneration, social housing and the contemporary city. He combines his professional work and architectural studies in Seville with teaching and investigation at the university.

Appointed by the Board of Trustees of the Focus Foundation, the jury of the 33rd  edition was chaired by Francisco García Novo; Professor of Ecology at the University of Seville  from 1976 to 2013  and Trustee of Focus Foundation. In addition, it was made up of Antonio-Miguel Bernal Rodríguez, Professor of Economic Institutions and History at the University of Seville; Juan José Iglesias Rodríguez, historian and professor of  Modern History at the University of Seville; Teresa Laguna Paul, professor of History of Art; Arsenio Moreno Mendoza, lecturer of History in Modern and Contemporary Art at the  Pablo de Olavide University; Javier Nó Sánchez, professor of Information Technology at Loyola University, Andalucía; Pablo Palenzuela Chamorro, lecturer of Social Anthropology at the University of Seville; Víctor Pérez Escolano, professor of Architectonic Composition at the University of Seville; Alfonso Pleguezuelo Hernández, professor of History of Art at the University of Seville; Rogelio Reyes Cano, Professor Emeritus of Spanish and Latin American Literature at the University of Seville; and Maria Dolores Robador Gonzalez, professor of the University School at the University of Seville.

Fundación Fondo de Cultura de Sevilla (Focus)

The Fundación Focus was created in 1982 as a result of the cultural work begun in 1972 by Abengoa with the publication of the works Temas Sevillanos and Iconografía de Sevilla (Themes of Seville and Iconography of Seville). A collection of documents, books and engravings on the Kingdom of Seville and by Sevillian authors was created during the same period. This initial cultural work showed Abengoa’s directors the importance of the company’s involvement in activities that directly benefit society, beyond the firm’s core technology work, which led to the creation of the Fundación Fondo de Cultura de Sevilla. 1991 became a key year in the organization’s recent history as its location was moved to the Hospital de los Venerables Sacerdotes, a 17th Centrury monument, in addition to inaugurating the exceptional baroque organ. From this point onward, the institution has enjoyed a musical program of international reference. Since 2007 and following the acquisition of Velázquez’s Santa Rufina by the Foundation, the Hospital de los Venerables, a has housed the Diego Velázquez Research Centre, a leading institution for studying and disseminating the Baroque era and the Sevillian period of this universally renowned artist Attention to this crucial moment of the Golden Age is completed with the legacy of Professor Alfonso E. Pérez Sánchez, received by the Foundation in 2011. Consisting of his library, photo library, archive and collection of artworks, its cataloging is enabling to create a library specializing in Baroque art and culture. This entire heritage is widely spread by Focus Educa, our area of education, by means of which we raise awareness and bring culture closer to society.

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