Rafael Baltar Tojo

Category: Architect
Birth Date: 31st January 1933
Birth Place: Santiago de Compostela (A Coruña)

He took a degree and a doctor's degree in Architecture at the Technical School of Architecture in Madrid. He is a Professor of Architectonic Projects at the Technical School in A Coruña and has been directing the Department of Architectural Projects and Town Planning at A Coruña University since 1990. He is a member of the Galician Academy of Sciences. He was one of the founders of the College of Galician Architects. He was the president of the delegation of A Coruña, accountant of the governing body and president of the Culture Commission of the College of Galician Architects. He was the founder of the 'Museo do Pobo Galego' as well as president of its executive committee and first vice-president of the foundation. He got 'Europe Nostra' Prize for rehabilitation and restoration on two occasions: Tearos (1995) and Santiago's Cathedral 1999).

 Work & Activities

His work was selected for the 'Second Biennial of Spanish Architecture' and for the 'First Exhibition of Spanish Architecture, period 1980-90'. He published several books such as: A determinación da arquitectura, Arquitectura y preexistencias: una referencia gallega, Conducta social y hábitat, La construcción y la destrucción del medio, Arquitectura gallega o arquitectura en Galicia... Together with his associates Bartolomé and Almuiña, he created several architecture works such as single-family and collective houses, business firms, public institutions as well as some restoration and rehabilitation works. These are some of his most outstanding works: a station for the firm 'Fenosa' (electric company) in Galeras (Santiago), sports centres in Belvis or Montouto for 'Peleteiro' school, Courts in Vigo and Santiago, the Faculty of Political Sciences in Santiago, rehabilitation of several theatres in Galicia and some rehabilitation and restoration works in the cathedral and Santo Domingo de Bonaval.