Manuel Cadrecha


Manuel spent his formative years in two distinct cities—Madrid and New York—that together offered him a taste of “the old and new worlds.” The former instilled in him a love for history and tradition, while the latter charged him with a passion for modernity and the power of creative invention.

His father, an engineer, instilled in him an admiration for ancient Rome—and a belief that architecture is “the last humanist profession.” Manuel agrees wholeheartedly. His work ranges in scale from citywide international developments to neighborhood schools, and is grounded in a love for materials and form, color and light, old and new, and “the inspiring in the everyday.”

Manuel lives in Atlanta with his wife, and loves spending time with his daughters and granddaughter.

Sketching the Drew Charter School
Atlanta, Georgia
“I think of buildings as complete forms, not as assemblies of pieces. I imagine the building, then I draw what I imagine. The building springs from an idea.”
"People – regardless of faith, or culture, or where they’re from – are connected by their appreciation for beauty. Once you’ve found it, you can’t do without it."
"Whenever I go to Rome, The Pantheon is the first place I visit. You walk in and stand under the oculus, in exactly the same place that people throughout time – Napoleon, Charlemagne – stood. There’s almost a magical connection, and this building becomes a vehicle for that connection."
Chapel of the Pazzi Family – Brunelleschi
Photography by Manuel
"A perfectly scaled, perfectly proportioned building. People go to Florence and never see this building, but it’s just perfect."

Manuel's Featured Work

Duke Medicine Pavilion
Durham, North Carolina
Bowie State University Center for Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Nursing
Bowie, Maryland
Confidential Hospitality Project – Madinaty
Madinaty, Egypt
Clemson University, Watt Family Innovation Center
Clemson University Watt Family Innovation Center
Clemson, South Carolina
Galveston National Laboratory
Galveston, Texas
Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School
Atlanta, Georgia
National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility
Manhattan, Kansas
UHealth Lennar Foundation Medical Center
Coral Gables, Florida
Our Atlanta Studio
Atlanta, Georgia
Charles R. Drew Charter School
Atlanta, Georgia
200 4th Avenue South
Nashville, Tennessee
Darden Restaurants Headquarters
Orlando, Florida
Lobby of MUSC
Medical University of South Carolina Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital and Pearl Tourville Women’s Pavilion
Charleston, South Carolina