(School of Architecture, Universitat Internacional de Catalunya) in Barcelona. Since 2004 he has been the Head of the architect group Recetas Urbana. He is also one of the founders of the National Network of Collective Architecture Groups.
In his role as architect and activist Cirugeda works to make citizens reclaim public spaces and make them their own. By using loopholes in planning and construction legislation, he questions rules that limit people’s own initiatives in urban spaces. At the same time he develops new models for improving and renewing urban environments and, not least, that contribute to cheap and good housing for people on low-incomes.
Some examples of Cirugeda’s many and acclaimed subversive interventions in the city environment include: systematic occupations of public spaces as well as architectural prosthetics on façades, outdoor areas, roofs and unused land.
Since 1996 Cirugeda’s works have been exhibited in solo shows and group exhibitions in many parts of the world. He is active in various architectural and art forums as well as in open cultural and educational events where everybody is welcome to contribute to the collective process.