J. Llorens has a Ph.D. in Architecture (Barcelona, 1972) and teaches Architectural
Technology at the Barcelona School of Architecture. He has been invited as a visiting
professor or lecturer to several Universities and Architects’ Associations.
The results of his research have been presented in international conferences and
symposiums in Barcelona, Brussels, Berlin, Caracas, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Girona,
Lyon, Madrid, Miami, Milano, Montpellier, Nagoya, Paris, Sevilla, Valencia, Shanghai
He focuses mainly on experimental designs and works, particularly in the field of tensile
structures and textile architecture such as roof membranes, awnings and canopies for
restaurants, cafeterias, terraces, stages, discotheques, shopping centres, markets,
open air theatres, sport and multipurpose halls, pavilions, squares and streets.
He has been prize winner, finalist or recipient of a special mention in a number of local
and international competitions: “Countryside housing” (Madrid), “Sports in Fine Arts”
(Madrid), “Refurbishment of the Barcelona Railway Station” (Barcelona), “Innovative
technology in Building Construction” (Barcelona), “Decorative Arts Promotion”
nominations for architectural and industrial designs, “UNESCO Alexandrina Library”
(Egypt), “Amphitheatre Square convertible roof” (Nîmes), “Superspace Dwelling”, 8th
Makmax Membrane Design Competition, Taiyo Kogyo & Shinkenchiku-sha Co.Ltd
Exhibitions of his works have been held in Barcelona, Chicago,. Firenze, Ljubljana,
Madrid, Paris, Roma, St. Louis (Mo) and Sydney.
He is currently consultant at the Technical University of Catalonia, forensic adviser and
expert in evaluation of the European Union. He also collaborates with ARQINTEGRAL
(C.Garcia-Diego & H.Pöppinghaus) on designing light-weight and tensile structures.
Recent works include: 1998: “Aristides Maillol” sports ground, Barcelona.
1999/2000: Venezuela Pavilion and Cafeteria at EXPO 2000 in Hanover.
2002: BP Petrol Station roof, Hospitalet de Llobregat. 2004: Bifid Tension Dome for the
Forum of Cultures, Barcelona, 2007: Aquarium Textile Roof, Almuñecar.
Researches in progress are the application of tensegrity principles to structural
membranes and the implementation of the “Tensile Structures and Textile
Construction Details and Connections Data Bank” in the Internet:
He participated recently in the research promoted by the Shelter Research Unit of the
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies: “Anchoring and