Xavier Vendrell studied architecture in his native city of Barcelona. His work embraces a range of scales from landscape architecture, urban design, public buildings, housing and interior design. His office was responsible for several projects for the 1992 Olympic Games. Vendrell won the FAD Award in 1997 for the Riumar School and in 2017 for the Joan Oliver Park.
He has taught at the Barcelona School of Architecture and the University of Illinois-Chicago School of Architecture. He was a consultant for Rural Studio (2002-2012), and since 2013 he has been a professor at Rural Studio, where he recently served as acting director.
Rural Studio is an off-campus design-build program of Auburn University. The program gives architecture students a more hands-on educational experience while assisting an underserved population in West Alabama’s Black Belt region. The Rural Studio philosophy suggests that everyone, both rich and poor, deserves the benefit of good design.