Jesús Vassallo is a Spanish architect and writer. Based in Houston and Madrid, his work interrogates the problem of realism in architecture through the production of design projects and scholarship. In 2015 Vassallo launched an independent design practice that bridges architecture and urbanism through an understanding of both as material culture. Some of the areas of interest in the work include housing, construction materials, background form, and time-based urbanism.
Vassallo studied architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design (MArch II) and Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid (PhD). He is the author of Seamless: Digital Collage and Dirty Realism in Contemporary Architecture (Park Books, 2016). His articles have been published internationally in magazines such as AA Files, 2G, Log, Harvard Design Magazine, Future Anterior, Domus, or Arquitectura Viva. Since 2011 he is also an editor of Circo magazine. In 2004 Vassallo became a licensed architect in Spain, where he worked in the office of Mansilla + Tuñón Arquitectos as a project architect from 2006 to 2012. There he contributed to projects such as the Twin Houses or the International Convention Center for the City of Madrid, and international competitions such as the expansion of the Kusnthaus Zürich, the New National Museum of Afghanistan, the Museo del Novecento in Venice or the renovation of the Carreau de Halles in Paris. In 2102 Vassallo became an Assistant Professor at the Rice School of Architecture. Prior to Rice, Vassallo has taught at IE University, Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid ETSAM, Harvard University and the Boston Architectural College.
Past and present collaborators include: Gail Chen, Andrea Gimeno, Yingying Guan, Amelia Hazinski, Evio Isaac, Elizabeth Jones, Lluís J. Liñán, Josep Vicent Lluch, Daniel Kuehn, Yulong Li, Chenyang Lyu, Kalen McNamara, Kelsey Olafson, Daria Piekos, Albert Pope, Ian Searcy, Srijaya Simhadri, and Peter Stone.