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Javier Quintana (Pamplona, 1964) blends together academic commitment with an established professional career in the field of architecture. He holds a Masters in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University, and has a PhD in Architecture from the University of Navarra where his doctoral thesis won the extraordinary prize. He has subsequently worked as design studio instructor at the University of Navarra and acted as design juror in other Spanish and international institutions. His research work includes numerous publications and collaborations, especially in the field of high-rise architecture. As of 2007, he has taken the position of Dean of IE School of Architecture and Design, the international and innovative new School of IE University (Instituto de Empresa), based in Segovia and Madrid, Spain.

Alongside, he has been director of the Fundación Rafael Escolá (an institution which promotes professional excellence through research in the Architecture and Engineering realms) and maintains his architectural practice with Javier Pérez Herreras at [tba] taller básico de Arquitectura in Pamplona and Madrid. [tba] is a research, academic and professional space for the discussion of the contemporary. They have worked on numerous projects and have won a number of prizes and distinctions including: Hyspalit, FAD, COAVN, Construmat, Sedigas and Veteco/Asefave. They also represented Spain at the 8th Biennial of Architecture of Venice. Their work has been published and exhibited nationally and internationally.

Javier Quintana is the country representative in Spain of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat from Chicago and is a member of the Board of the Columbia University Club of Spain.