Juan Palop-Casado is the founder and director of LPA Studio, a multidisciplinary company specialised in regenerative urbanism optimised for southern latitudes that he likes to call “Bio-urbanism for the sunny side of the planet.” With a background in architecture and urbanism, he earned his master’s degree in Design Studies from Harvard University (USA), where he was part of the research team Harvard Project on the City. He is also an accredited professional of BREEAM (Communities), that overlook the sustainability of master plans and constructions.
Juan Palop-Casado has more than twenty years of experience leading and managing projects, integrating nature-based strategies in master planning, urban design, landscape architecture and outdoor industrial design.
His work has been internationally acknowledged in competitions and awards. These include cross-scale plans and projects, such as the headquarter of Canarias 7, Arrecife Capital de la Biosfera, the Integral Development of Las Palmas Waterfront, the Coastal Renovation of Calviá in Mallorca, the Training Complex for the Las Palmas-based UD football team, and more recently, an environmental information totem for the beaches of the Canary Islands and the new master plan for the Trading Centre of Gran Canaria, fulfilling the highest sustainability credentials for this kind of infrastructure.
Parallel to his professional practice, he is also the co-founder of the Instituto20grados, a non-profit organisation aimed basically at developing speculative ideas, conversations and urban prototypes that help accelerate the transition to a fully regenerative mode of inhabiting the global south.
Juan is an active consultant and lecturer, and has co-authored several international publications. Currently, he is working on a monograph on the principles, strategies and projects of LPA Studio