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Víctor Muñoz Sanz
Architecture
2017–2019
Netherlands
01. September 2019 - 29. February 2020

Born 1982 in Veracruz/Mexico.

Víctor Muñoz Sanz is an architect, researcher and educator based in Amsterdam/Netherlands. His work examines the notion of workscapes, that is, the architectures and territories of human and nonhuman labor resulting of managerial and technological innovations.

In Networked Utopia (2016), his Ph.D. dissertation, he examined the transnational urbanism of the Bata Shoe Company and showed how its corporate practices translated into built form. For that, Víctor did unprecedented fieldwork and archival research funded by Harvard’s Druker Traveling Fellowship. For this work, he received the 2018 Anthony Sutcliffe Dissertation Award of the International Planning History Society recognizing the best thesis in planning history.

Since then, in different institutions and research formats, Víctor has looked at the spaces of work in the context of radical shifts in the politics and technologies of production: as Emerging Curator at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal, he directed Off:Re:OnShore (2018), an audio-documentary on the legacy of corporate driven actions in industrial offshoring destinations; at TU Delft, he is part of Cities of Making, a project exploring opportunities for strengthening urban manufacturing in European cities. And at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam, Víctor was co-principal researcher of Automated Landscapes, a project revealing the spatial production of full-automation.

He has lectured internationally and published essays related to workscapes in Harvard Design Magazine, Bartlebooth, Work Body Leisure, e-flux Architecture, Archis/Volume, Archdaily, Domus, Domus India, and On Site Review. His research on automation has presented in form of installations at the Vienna Biennale (2017), Venice Architecture Biennale (2018), and Het Nieuwe Instituut (2018).

Víctor holds 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 UPM (2016)—the last two funded by competitive grants from Fundación Caja Madrid, Real Colegio Complutense at Harvard, and Fundación La Caixa. Between 2016 and 2017 he was coordinator of research, programme, and publications of the Jaap Bakema Study Centre at Het Nieuwe Instituut. In 2011–2012, he was a research associate at the Department of Urban Planning and Design at the Harvard University School of Design.