Michael O. Garvey | October 5, 2016
In recognition of his research and leadership in the recovery of traditional Spanish carpentry methods, architect Enrique Nuere will receive the 2016 Rafael Manzano Prize for New Traditional Architecture, presented by the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture in partnership with the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust.
Nuere will be presented with €50,000 and a commemorative medal at a ceremony on Oct. 19 (Wednesday) at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando in Madrid. Born in Valencia, Nuere is best known for his coffered ceiling lazed carpentry work, which was informed by his research into the original geometric rules described in 17th-century manuscripts on carpentry techniques.
Through his studies, Nuere recovered the craft of the carpinteros de lo blanco – or construction carpenters – which had been lost in the 18th century. Nuere’s most notable works include the new ceilings of the galleries of the Patio del Alcázar in Toledo, the framework of the auditorium of the University of Alcalá de Henares, the framework of the Buenavista Palace in Malaga, which has become the Picasso Museum, and the ceiling frameworks of the Miguel Mañara Palace in Seville.