Alfonso Vegara has a PhD in City and Regional Planning and degrees in Architecture, Economics, and Sociology. He was President of ISOCARP, the International Society of City and Regional Planners, which has members in over 70 countries. He is a Fellow of the Eisenhower Fellowships, and since 2005, he is Honorary Consul General of Singapore in Madrid. Alfonso Vegara has been lecturing in urbanism at Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid, Universidad de Navarra, and Universidad CEU San Pablo. He was also a Visiting Scholar at the School of Design of the University of Pennsylvania and Advisor of ETH Zurich Polytechnic. His ideas and projects have been disseminated through more than 30 books, and lectures in cities, universities, and International Conferences in Europe, the United States, Latin America, Asia, Australia, and Africa. His projects have been awarded prizes by United Nations, the European Union, The European Council of Spatial Planners, Architects´ Associations, Entrepreneurial Associations, Cities, and National Governments. Among these awards is the Rey Jaime I Prize, given by the King of Spain to recognize Dr. Vegara’s contribution to the fields of Urbanism and Sustainability. He has been also awarded on three occasions with the prestigious European Award of Planning for his work in Euskal Hiria, The Basque city region and the design of the eco-city of Sarriguren in Navarra. He is a member of the Jury of the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize and other important international awards. He has been advisor to the Government of Singapore, and various cities around the world, including Yokohama, Mexico DF, Bilbao, Sao Paulo, Casablanca and Moscow. Alfonso Vegara is the Founder and Honorary President of Fundacion Metropoli, an international center of excellence dedicated to research, design, and innovation in cities around the world. Currently Fundación Metrópoli is developing the “Next Cities Lab” with Microsoft, a partnership working in different cities of the world at the intersection between Territory and Technology that has been awarded with the World Smart City Award for the Caribbean and Santaderes Diamond project in Colombia. The focus of Alfonso Vegara´s work is to promote the strategic value of cities in a complex and interrelated world. His ideas and projects are presented in his books “Territorios Inteligentes”, “Fundación Metrópoli. Landscape Intelligence”, and “Supercities. The Intelligence of Territory”


Fundacion Metropoli


Founder & Honorary President

Areas of Interest

Architecture, Real Estate, Urban Planning
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Multi-Nation Program

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United States