Javier Arpa is the Research and Education Coordinator of The Why Factory at TU
Delft. Having completed a Master of Science in Architecture at the Delft University of
Technology, Javier specialises in the dissemination of architectural and urbanism
He is the curator of the exhibitions Paris Habitat and Paysages Habités, held in 2015 at
the Pavillon de l’Arsenal in Paris, and the author of the monograph Paris Habitat: One
Hundred Years of City, One Hundred Years of Life.
Javier was Senior Editor for a+t research group, one of Europe’s leading publishers in
architecture and urbanism. His expertise in housing is manifested in the publications of a+t’s Density series, which he coauthored. His passion for the city as the essential
format capable for promoting the resolution of competing urban uses is reflected in the
Hybrids and Civilities series, which he also co-authored. In addition, Javier’s ability to
analyze urban landscapes and public spaces from an editorially distinct perspective is
visible in the In Common series, The Public Chance volume and the Strategy series, all
of which he co-authored.
Javier has lectured at numerous Universities, Institutions and International Workshops.
In 2013, he co-organized the conference The City That Never Was in cooperation with
the Architectural League of New York. This event used the current economic and urban
crisis in Spain as a lens through which to consider future global patterns of
urbanization and settlement.
He worked for a number of architecture firms in Argentina, The Netherlands, Spain and
France, and led several urban planning projects in China. As a consultant, he currently
provides independent advice to the different stakeholders involved in the development
of a variety of urban design projects in France.