Pol Fite Matamoros
Pol is an architect and urbanist from Barcelona currently working at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) as a Research Associate and as Communications Manager of the Urban Theory Lab. His most recent research was concerned with the urban transformations of the Spanish territory and focused on the role of the State in the provision of infrastructures, acquisition of land, and enactment of policies from the mid-50s to the early 80s: that is, during the liberalization of the Spanish economy under the late dictatorial regime and transitioning state. More broadly, he is interested in questions of method in the study of urbanism and in examining how the very project of shaping the urban fabric changes once political-economic and industrial dynamics are taken into consideration.
Pol holds a Master in Architecture (2014) and a Graduate Research Master in Urbanism (2016) from the School of Architecture of Barcelona (ETSAB), Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). In May 2018 he completed a Master in Design Studies in Urbanism, Landscape, and Ecology from the Harvard University GSD with distinction, where he was awarded the Dimitris Pikionis Award for outstanding academic performance in his program. His grants for academic research and graduate studies include a Collaboration Scholarship and a General Scholarship from the Spanish Ministry of Education, and a La Caixa Foundation Full Scholarship to attend graduate studies in the US.
During his current appointment as a Research Associate at the GSD (academic year 2018-19) he will be working on the project Atlas for a City-Region: Imagining the Post-Brexit Landscapes of the Irish Northwest.