Manuel A. Báez is a licensed architect (New York State) and artist. He is also an Associate Professor at the Carleton University Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism where he has been since 2001. Previously, he taught in the United States at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City and the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI. His work as an architect, artist and researcher draws inspiration from the generative potential of the forms, structures and integrative systems generated by elemental processes that exist throughout nature. He has extensively exhibited and lectured in various international conferences and institutions. The eminent scholar Martin Kemp has featured Manuel’s research in his 2016 book Structural Intuitions: Seeing Shapes in Art and Science. More recently, in collaboration with glass artist Charlynne Lafontaine, Manuel won the 2017 Canadian Heritage Dream competition with his design for a pavilion titled The Gather-Ring, a reflective offering on the Portage Bridge as part of Canada 150.
Manuel’s work has been supported by such agencies and institutions as the Canada Council for the Arts, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Canada Science and Technology Museum, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, Cranbrook Academy of Art and Carleton University. In 2010, Manuel was a guest speaker at TEDxCarletonU and the inaugural speaker at the 2012 CreativeMornings Ottawa. In 2005, his work was honoured with a Research Achievement Award from Carleton University. Manuel received his B. Arch. Degree from The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union and his M. Arch. Degree from the Cranbrook Academy of Art.