IE Business School operations professor Luis Miravitlles is one of those people who gives off instant good vibes. Although he didn’t actually say it, I can picture him going around saying “So far, so good…!”, because he believes that just the fact that we’re alive means we have a lot be happy about.
In this video entitled “Celebration” he tells us a nice personal story centered around famous architect Antonio Gaudi. Apart from all that, Prof. Miravitlles is a consultant, a regular article contributor, and, more interestingly, a ghost writer…No, he didn´t tell me who for…Sorry!!!

Chicago Cubs

Director of Undergraduate Studies in Architecture at IE University, David Goodman, talks about architecture while playing baseball. Professor Goodman is passionate, articulate, focused, and, most importantly of all, a fan of the Chicago Cubs. He tends to support the underdog, and is ready to fight and suffer for the Chicago Cubs just like any Real Atletico de Madrid supporter. We call Atletico fans sufferers, or “sufridores” in Spanish, because it’s an uphill struggle for them all the way. It would appear that the same goes for Chicago Cub fans…

Prof. Goodman received his Masters Degree in Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and completed degrees with honors in Government and in History of Architecture and Urbanism from Cornell University. He also co-authored the book “An Introduction to Architecture Theory: 1968 to the Present,” as well as founding his own firm, Roadwork Studio.

Life in Venice

Dean Javier Quintana draws a comparison between the Metropolitan Tower in New York and the Campanile in Piazza San Marco, Venice.

Back in October when I first spoke about shooting this video of the Dean of IE University’s School of Architecture, Javier Quintana, he said he would like to compare the architecture of Venice with the architecture of New York, more specifically the Campanile in Piazza San Marco and the Metropolitan Tower. Coincidentally enough I had to travel to New York at the end of that month and had the opportunity to film some of the places he wanted to talk about. Then, in November, I joined him on a business trip to Venice. I had a great time, partly because there aren’t many cities that can beat Venice on a sunny day, or any other day for that matter, and partly because he spoke with such passion and knowledge about the two cities that I gained a new perspective of every corner, every square, and every tower.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t fit all the interesting things he said into this video, and he didn’t only talk about architecture, but also about music, cinema, and life in general. So there I had no room left to say anything about either the amazing Schubert or the fabulous Death in Venice (both the film and the book). I decided to focus more on the life side of things. You’ll be interested to know that Dean Quintana is really good company when it comes to looking round shops.

As you might have imagined already, there was only one way this could end and that is with some excellent Bellini cocktails at Harry’s Bar.

P.S.: Don´t miss Martin Rico´s (1833-1908) Venice paintings at Prado Museum. Only till February 2013.

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