Manuel Rodríguez Ladrón de Guevara
STudio Instructor & REsearch Assistant
Born in Cordoba, Spain, Manuel Rodríguez Ladrón de Guevara is a registered architect in Spain. He joined Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture (SoA) as a Research Assistant in 2016. In this role he helped to optimize the robotic workflow process for the fabrication of robotically-augmented incremental forming of metal sheets. As a specialist in computational design and industrial robotics he led, along with professor Jeremy Ficca, a workshop in Incremental Forming at the Autodesk Build Space in Boston in 2017. He instructed Pre-College Architecture courses for the SoA in 2017 and 2018, and taught second year studio in 2018.
Manuel previously worked with Enric Ruiz Geli at the Cloud9 office as a Project Architect and Team Architect on several international projects. He also earned experience in construction working as an ARB architect in London, England. His design sensitivity, robust skills in various software, and knowledge of construction methods, techniques, and time management enabled him to design and build his first building in Spain as the primary architect at 25 years of age.
He graduated from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, ETSAB in 2013, receiving Honors for his Thesis Research project. He went on to earn a Master of Advanced Architectural Design (MAAD) degree from the SoA in 2018. His MAAD thesis, “Multi-resolution in architectural design and robotic fabrication” was advised by professors Jeremy Ficca, Joshua Bard, Daniel Cardoso Llach, and Mary-Lou Arscott. He was awarded a scholarship from CMU and GuSH grants to support his graduate thesis. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Computational Design from the SoA and teaches studios each semester.