Designed the Scottish Parliament Building, but died before its completion. His work came to prominence during the late 1980s, after the death of the tyrannical Francisco Franco liberated the Spanish cultural scene.
He graduated from the School of Architecture of Barcelona in 1978. He helped erect the Estació de Sants' forecourt, the Plaça dels Països Catalans, while employed with the office of Albert Viaplana and Helio Piñón.
He also instructed at several universities, including occupying the conceptional design chair at the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main and the Kenzo Tangechair at Harvard University.
He established his reputation working on projects with his first wife, Carme Pinos, before their separation in 1991. He married fellow architect Benedetta Tagliabue, his second wife, practicing with her under their firm, EMBT Architects.
He and Walter Gropius both inspired their respective generations of architects.