Having retired at the end of last year, here he talks to Broadway Malyan Director Jorge Ponce about his career, the changing needs of customers and the importance of trusted collaborators.
How long did you work in retail?
When I finished my education in 1981, I started working with José Ángel Rodrigo, one of Spain’s major retail specialist architects, with whom I got involved in my first architectural experiences in Spain, working on projects such as La Vaguada in Madrid.
In 1991, I joined Carrefour and up to 2000 I led and coordinated all of Carrefour’s shopping centre openings in Spain with my team being the interface between our technical collaborators and the strategic project scope of our company.
After being made Director of Architecture in Carrefour Group, I have been involved in setting up projects in a host of different countries such as Brazil, Argentina and Italy as well as being responsible for the renewal and extension of up to 100 hypermarkets and 20 shopping centres in Spain for Carrefour. “The important thing is to unveil new experiences for consumers”
Where did you study?
I initially studied at Escuela de Arquitectura in Madrid, the city where I was born, raised, was married and still work and live. Both my professional and personal life has developed completely in this town.