Roi Salgueiro Barrio


Roi Salgueiro Barrio is an architect and urbanist whose work focuses on the interrelations between architecture, systems of territorial organization, and globalization. He is the founder of design practice RSAU and a lecturer at MIT Department of Architecture, where he teaches seminars, studios design workshops for the SMarchS and March groups.

Roi is the author, with Hashim Sarkis and Gabriel Kozlowski, of The World as an Architectural Project (MIT Press: 2020). His research has been widely published in academic journals (New GeographiesLog, The Journal of Architectural EducationSan Rocco, Architecture, City and Environment, Cartha), and featured in The Washington PostArchDailyAbitareMetropolis MagazineWorld-Architecture among others.  His work has also been internationally exhibited in venues such as the Venice Biennale, Lisbon Triennale, the Shenzen and Hong Kong  Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism, Museum of Contemporary Art of Chile University, the ETH Zurich, Yale School of Architecture, and Sao Paolo Faculty of Architecture. Roi is an editor for urbanNext, Actar Publishers platform for disseminating advanced thinking on urbanism, a member of Actar’s scientific committee, and a founding member of the research collaborative ASIDE.

Roi holds a Master in Architecture (with distinction) from the University of Navarra, a Master in Design Studies (with distinction) from Harvard University, and an international, summa cum laude PhD in Architectural Design from the Polytechnical University of Barcelona.  Prior to coming to MIT, he was the Director of the Office of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of A Coruña.


Renovation and expansion of a municipal market. Third prize in open competition
Extension of a university library
Design of the public space of a 1940s social housing neighborhood
Cultural Center and Library. First prize in open competition
RSAU_The World as an Architectural Project
The purpose of this book is to reconnect contemporary architectural concerns with planetary questions to a broader disciplinary history that has shaped the ways in which we live and think about our present.
Curation of the 17 Venice Architecture Biennale