Enric Miralles


Enric Miralles

The Scottish Parliament Building committee room ceiling.

(1955-02-12)12 February 1955

3 July 2000(2000-07-03) (aged 45)
Sant Feliu de Codines, Province of Barcelona



Stirling Prize (2005)
Madrid City Prize (1993)
National Prize of Spanish Architecture (1995)
Golden Lion (1996)

Scottish Parliament Building
Igualada Cemetery

Igualada Cemetery

Santa Caterina Market (Video on YouTube)

Exterior view of the Scottish Parliament Building in Edinburgh

Debating chamber of the Scottish Parliament

Enric Miralles Moya (12 February 1955 – 3 July 2000) was a Spanish architect. He graduated from the Barcelona School of Architecture (ETSAB) at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) in 1978. After establishing his reputation with a number of collaborations with his first wife Carme Pinós, the couple separated in 1991. He later married fellow architect Benedetta Tagliabue, and the two practiced together as EMBT Architects. Miralles’ magnum opus and his largest project, the new Scottish Parliament Building, was unfinished at the time of his death.


1 Life
2 Architecture
3 Academia
4 Work

4.1 Buildings
4.2 Projects
4.3 Furniture

5 Awards
6 References
7 Bibliography
8 External links

In 1978, he completed his examinations at the Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura (ETSAB) in Barcelona. From 1973 to 1978 he worked in the architect’s office of Albert Viaplana and Helio Piñón.[1] Whilst there—among other things—he was involved in the construction of the Plaça dels Països Catalans, the forecourt for the Estació de Sants. In 1984 after several architectural competition awards, he formed his own office in Barcelona with his first wife Carme Pinós, which they led together until 1991. Within the rising Spanish architecture scene of the late 1980s following the death of Francisco Franco, their unusual buildings attracted international attention. As a result, they received numerous commissions from Spain and overseas. After their separation, Miralles and Pinós continued to work in separate offices.
In 1993 Enric Miralles formed a new practice with his second wife, the Italian architect Benedetta Tagliabue, under the name “EMBT Architects”. She resumed the practice under his name after his death. The most important projects; the Scottish Parliament Building in Edinburgh and the multistoried bui