PH.D. (2014), Madrid School of Architecture

M. Arch II (2006), Harvard University

B. Arch (2004), Madrid School of Architecture (ETSAM)


Jesús Vassallo is an architect and writer form Madrid, Spain and currently an assistant professor at Rice University. His research focuses on the problem of realism in architecture, dealing with a series of collaborations and crossovers with the other visual arts. He is the author of Seamless: Digital Collage and Dirty Realism in Contemporary Architecture (Park Books, 2016) and is currently working on a second book manuscript titled Epics in the Everyday. His articles have been published internationally in magazines such as AA Files, 2G, Harvard Design Magazine, Future Anterior, Domus, Arquitectura Viva or Arkitektur DK. Since 2011 he is also an editor of Circo magazine.

Vassallo studied architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design and Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid. Before Rice, he taught at IE University, Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid, Harvard University and the Boston Architectural College. He has also participated on reviews in schools like Harvard University GSD, Princeton University SoA, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne EPFL and Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey ITESM.

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. Vassallo recently opened his own design practice in Houston, Texas, where he has focused on a series of projects that study the relationship between architectural form and urban space through housing.