Carlos Arroyo Zapatero (°June 14, 1964) is a Spanish architect, urbanist and critic with an office in Madrid.
In 1990, after graduated in Linguistics at the Institute of Linguistics in London, he went back to Madrid where he studied Architecture at ETSAM and received ISOVER award for best PFC (Master Thesis Project) of the school in the year he graduated, 1997. From 2000 to 2008 Arroyo was professor of Architectonic Projects at Universidad de Alcalá and since 2005 at Universidad Europea de Madrid where he currently leads a Master Thesis Unit. He is honorary member of Europan Spain National Committee and member of Europan Europe Scientific Committee since 2004.
His work claims to set the frame for a new architectural culture, language and aesthetics, through the ethics, technology and parameters of sustainability. He claims1 that his architecture is not designed to be photographed, but to be lived-in and enjoyed through time. He has developed a diagrammatic graphic style for his presentations which is inspirational for a whole generation of architects. In contrast, his built work is often portrayed by photographer-artists, producing innovative formats like photo-novellas, gif’s, or video. His work has been exhibited in internationally renowned venues like the Venice Biennale (8th and 14th), the Institut Français d’Architecture, presented in referential publications like El Croquis, and quoted by many bloggers in the sphere.