Manuel Collado Arpia, Keynoter



9th International Conference and Exhibition
Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Gallery of Science and Technology
Belgrade, Serbia
3-4 December 2021

Manuel Collado Arpia, KEYNOTER

Manuel Collado Arpia is an architect and lecturer in architecture at University of Alcalá de Henares (UAH) in Madrid. Since 2018 principal and founder of the design studio



“The curtains of the XXI century” is the expression with which Toyo Ito tried to describe the increasingly intense relationship with a strong technological entropy that surrounds architects nowadays. Concepts such as virtual domesticity, are emerging rapidly and there are apparently no clear design guidelines for these new spaces infiltrated with technology. However, there were clear precedents for this digital spatiality in the 1960s counterculture. The treatment and design of places that welcomed psychedelic agendas established new spatial relationships through the radical use of technology. Programs such as the disco and the party dissolved into countercultural domesticity, proposing an immersive spatiality of blurred limits without segregation of uses. Deregulation and the loss of references became the way of operating in the expanded space of the New Age and allowed to lay the creative foundations for a future digital architecture.

Psychedelic, digital, virtual, supergraphics, disco, dresscotheque


Manuel Collado Arpia is Phd Architect since 2013 from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, he is and has been Assistant Professor of Architecture Projects since 2003 in different institutions such as the Universities of Alcalá de Henares, Alicante, Camilo José Cela and the Master of Design of Digital Experiences in the IED; He has also been a Unit Master at the Architectural Association of London from 2012 to 2018. He is currently lecturer in architecture at UAH. His professional activity as an architect began in 1999 and his work has been recognized on several occasions, with first prizes in competitions such as: “80 official protection homes in San Francisco Javier, Madrid”, “Planning of the maritime façade of Playa del Inglés”,”Getafe Youth Resource Center”,” Public Market Square in Teruel Historic Center “,”Arrangement of the Maritime Façade of Calpe”,”Youth House in Fuenlabrada, “Youth House in Rivas-Vaciamadrid” . This work has been published and exhibited in Dezeen, ArchDaily, Icon, Domus, Arquitectura Viva, Bauwelt, Mark, El Mundo and El País, VII Venice Architecture Biennale, Recent Work Fundación COAM among others.