César Besada (b. 1974) studied Architecture and Urban Planning at ETSAN Pamplona (Spain), and IUAV Venice (Italy) through the EU Erasmus Scholarship Program. 


After training at Spanish architectural offices IDOM and AH&Asociados, he graduated at ETSAN in 1999, where he also taught as an assistant lecturer in Urban Planning & Design with professor Luis Tena (1998-1999). 


Project architect at Ercilla&Campo Architects, he worked in all stages of several award-winning projects (Vitoria, Spain, 2000-2002).


He moved to Australia in 2002, where he joined Casey Brown Architecture, and also got a Masters in Sustainable Development for the Built Environment at UNSW Sydney.


In 2003 he started César Besada Architecture in Spain. 


Between 2006 and 2009 he resided in Cape Town (South Africa) where he co-founded OH.Architecture, with local architect Ilze Wolff.


He taught Architecture Design Studio (06, 07, 08, 09), Construction Technology (07) and Geometric Drawing (08, 09) at UCT Cape Town School of Architecture.


César works in Switzerland since 2010. He joined Ris_Chabloz Architects, leading the design and construction of several projects (2010-2013). 


From 2013, he runs César Besada Architecture in Geneva. The office is currently involved in local and international projects. 


César has taught at ETH Zurich School of Architecture as an assistant lecturer in Architecture Design Studio. Courses were lead by guest professors Heinrich Wolff (2014-2015) and Doreen Heng Liu (2015-2016) 

Special Mention

Lanzarote Music Factory.

Arrecife, Canary Islands, Spain. 2017.

3rd Prize. 

Soto de la Marina Cultural Centre.

Santa Cruz de Bezana Municipality, Cantabria, Spain. 2009.

Special Mention. 

Experimental Timber House. 

Timber Manufacturers Association / Galician Institute of Architects.

Galicia, Spain. 2007.



Plaza de la Constitución, Villanueva del Segura. 

Murcia Regional Government / Villanueva del Segura Council, Spain. 2004.



120 Sustainable Housing Units. Plot M4 - Molino Perdido.

Arpegio, Madrid Regional Government.

Arroyomolinos Municipality, Madrid, Spain. 2003.


Ocean Front & Public Spaces, A Barca. 

Poio Municipality, Pontevedra, Spain. 2003.


3rd Prize. 

Urban Masterplan in Lekunberri. 

Lekunberri Municipality / ETSAN. Pamplona, Spain. 1998.


Special Mention. 

Zorrozaurre Peninsula Urban Masterplan. 

Bilbao Municipality / ETSAN. Pamplona, Spain. 1997.