Andrés Mignucci FAIA (born 1957, Ponce, Puerto Rico) is a Puerto Rican architect and urbanist. His work has received recognition for its integration of the disciplines of architecture, urban design and landscape architecture in the creation of public spaces with a sense of place, human scale, and environmental responsibility. In 2005 Andrés Mignucci was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. In 2012, he was awarded the Henry Klumb Award by the Puerto Rico College of Architects.
Education and Career
Mignucci studied architecture at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee (BS Arch (Honors), 1979) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) receiving a Master of Architecture degree in 1982.
In 1980 he worked with N. John Habraken in The Grunsfeld Variations, a research project dealing with the thematic design of urban tissues. From 1983 to 1986 he worked as urban designer with Stephen Carr and Kevin A. Lynch in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 1988, Mignucci returned to Puerto Rico establishing Andrés Mignucci Arquitectos in San Juan. Mignucci divides his time between practice, teaching, and research. In 1990, along with architects Jorge Rigau and Emilio Martinez, Mignucci co-directed a collaborative Puerto Rico-Dominican Republic research study on Dominican Architecture in the early 20th century. The work received the 'Research Award at the Bienal de Arquitectura de Santo Domingo and was published under the title Arquitectura Dominicana 1890-1930. In 1992, as President of the American Institute of Architects-Puerto Rico, Mignucci curated the exhibition and published Arquitectura Contemporanea en Puerto Rico 1976-1992.
Mignucci's main contribution has been in the field of public space design. His major projects include PARQUE DE LOS NIÑOS and PARQUE DE SANTURCE, large scale landscape restoration projects along the Caño de Martin Peña; the El Condado public space system, which includes the PLAZA ANTONIA QUIÑONES, LA VENTANA AL MAR, PLAZA LAS NEREIDAS and PLAZA DEL INDIO; the restoration of PARQUE LUIS MUÑOZ RIVERA (Luis Muñoz Rivera Park), San Juan's oldest public space; and the PLAZA DE ISABELA, the town square in the northwest municipality of Isabela.
During 2008 Mignucci collaborated with artist María de Mater O'Neill in the project Painting for a Specific Floor as part of an Artist in Residence fellowship at the CASAPOLI Cultural Center in Chile. The project was published under the title Pintura para un piso específico. In 2008, together with Dutch theorist N. John Habraken, Mignucci was Visiting Professor at the ETSAB School of Architecture's Laboratorio de la Vivienda del Siglo XXI - Masters Program in Barcelona. Their course was the subject of the book Supports: Housing and City published by Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya in 2009.
In 2010-11, Mignucci was Visiting Scholar and Maxfield Lecturer at the School of Architecture Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. In 2011, Mignucci wrote "Jesús Eduardo Amaral, Arquitecto" published by the Colegio de Arquitectos y Arquitectos Paisajistas de Puerto Rico. The book is a monograph on Jesús Eduardo Amaral, one of the principal figures of mid-twentieth century architecture in Puerto Rico and founder in 1966 of the School of Architecture at the University of Puerto Rico.
For the past five years, Mignucci's research has centered on architectural education and design methods focusing on thematic design and the everyday environment. The resulting work, co-written with N. John Habraken and Jonathan Teicher, is titled Conversations with Form: A Workbook for Student's of Architecture), (Routledge, 2014).
Andrés Mignucci currently teaches architectural design and theory at the School of Architecture of the University of Puerto Rico.
Mignucci was awarded the National Architecture Prize in 2001 for the Parque de los Niños ( Children's Park) in San Juan, Puerto Rico and in 2002 for the School of Fine Arts in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. In 2004-2005, his landmark public space project, La Ventana al Mar, won awards in the American Institute of Architects Puerto Rico Chapter Design Awards, the Puerto Rico Architecture Biennale, the Miami + Beach Architecture Biennale (Bronze Medal) and the Iberoamerican Architecture Biennale held in Madrid, Spain.
- HENRY KLUMB AWARD of the Colegio de Arquitectos y Arquitectos Paisajistas de Puerto Rico, 2012
- FELLOW of the American Institute of Architects, Washington DC, USA, 2005
- FELLOW of Institute for Urban Design New York City, NY, USA, 2005
- Chandler Prize for Excellence in Architectural Design Boston Society of Architects, 1982
- President’s Fellowship University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, 1979–81
- Rispa, Raul (2004). Iberoamerica Arquitectura. Tanais Editores.
Honorable Mention: A Lakou for Haiti, AIA Puerto Rico Design Awards, 2009
Bronze Medal: Violeta 150, Miami + Beach Architectural Biennale, 2009
First Prize, Parque Metropolitano de Santiago, Santo Domingo Architectural Biennale, 2006
Bronze Medal: La Ventana al Mar, Miami + Beach Architectural Biennale, 2005
Finalist: La Ventana al Mar, IV Iberoamerican Architectural Biennale, 2004
Landscape Design Award: Parque de los Niños, Martinique Architectural Biennale, 2002
Premio Nacional de Arquitectura: Escuela Bellas Artes, VII PR Architectural Biennale, 2002
Premio Nacional de Arquitectura: Parque de los Niños, VI PR Architectural Biennale, 2001
Honor Award: Parque de los Niños, AIA Puerto Rico Design Awards, 2001
Urbe Prize for Excellence in Architecture: Parque de los Niños, Urbe Design Awards, 2001
Honor Award: Casa Vivas, AIA Puerto Rico Design Awards, 1997
Honor Award: Casa sobre una Hondonada, AIA Puerto Rico Design Awards, 1990
First Prize: Bayer Informationzentrüm, (with Erich Schneider-Wessling) International Design Competition, Köln, Germany, 1986
N. John Habraken, Andrés Mignucci & Jonathan Teicher, Conversations with Form: A Workbook for Students of Architecture, Routledge, London:2014.
Andrés Mignucci (A. Hurley, trans.), [Con]texts: Parque Muñoz Rivera and the Puerto Rico Supreme Court, Rama Judicial de Puerto Rico, San Juan:2012.
Andrés Mignucci, [Con]textos: El Parque Muñoz Rivera y el Tribunal Supremo de Puerto Rico, Rama Judicial de Puerto Rico, San Juan:2011.
Andrés Mignucci, Urbanism in Puerto Rico 1929-1973, in J. Lizardi & M. Schwegmann Ambivalent Spaces, Ediciones Callejón, San Juan:2011.
Andrés Mignucci, Jesús Eduardo Amaral, Arquitecto, Colegio de Arquitectos y arquitectos Paisajistas de Puerto Rico, San Juan:2011.
Andrés Mignucci, Arquitectura Contemporanea en Puerto Rico 1976-1992, 2nd Edition, A+Editores, San Juan:2009.
Andrés Mignucci & M.M. O'Neill, Pintura para un Piso Específico, A+Editores, San Juan:2009.
Andrés Mignucci & N.J. Habraken, Supports: Housing and City, Actar, Barcelona:2009.
Andrés Mignucci, Arquitectura Contemporanea en Puerto Rico 1976-1992, 1st ed., AIA Puerto Rico, San Juan:1992.
Jorge Rigau, Andrés Mignucci & Emilio Martinez, Arquitectura Dominicana 1890-1930, AIA Puerto Rico, San Juan, 1990.
Andrés Mignucci, “Inhabiting Shadows: Notes on the Tropics as Place” in Places, Vol. 12 / No. 3, Spring 1999, pp. 38–42.
Andrés Mignucci, “Reclaiming Ballajá” in Places, vol.5, no. 2, 1988, pp. 3–17.
Habraken, N.J. with Aldrete-Hass,J.A., Chow, R., Hille, T., Krugmeier,P., Lampkin, M., Mallows, A., Mignucci, A., Takase, Y., Weller, K., and Yokouchi, T., The Grunfeld Variations, A Methodological Approach to the Design of Urban Tissues, Laboratory of Architecture & Planning, MIT, Whalen Press, 1980.
Buildings and Projects
La Ventana al Mar (2004) - Bronze Medal: Bienal de Miami + Beach, Miami (2005); Finalist: La Ventana al Mar IV Ibero-American Architecture Biennale, Madrid, Spain (2004); Mention of Honor: AIA Puerto Rico Design Awards (2004).
Parque de los Niños / Children's Park (2000) - Grand Prize / Premio Nacional de Arquitectura: VI Puerto Rico Architecture Biennale (2001); Honor Award: AIA-Puerto Rico Design Awards (2001); Prix du Paysage: Martinique Architecture Biennale (2002); URBE Award for Excellence in Architecture (2001) .
Parque Metropolitano de Santiago (with Gustavo Moré) (2002) - First Prize: International Design Competition, Santiago, Dominican Republic (2002); First Prize-Urban Design: Bienal de Arquitectura de Santo Domingo (2006).