Manuel Ribas i Piera (Barcelona 1925 - 2013), architect and llicenciat in Law by the University of Barcelona, son of Josep Maria Ribas i Casas (1899-1959).
He began teaching at the School of Architecture of Barcelona in 1956, where he was Professor of Urbanism from 1956 to 1990, and then professor emeritus.
He was a driving reference figure in the field of urban planning. In the city of Barcelona he participated in the Provincial Plan of Barcelona (1959-1963), the master plan of the metropolitan area (1963-1968), the Rambla del Carmel in Barcelona (1985) and the Special Plan of the Ronda de Dalt de Barcelona (1987). And, at the state level, in the General Urban Planning Plans of Palma de Mallorca, Murcia (1977), Tortosa (1984) and Ripoll (2008).
In the field of architecture, in addition to being at the head of Group R since its creation in 1952, the buildings of the Uriach Laboratories in Barcelona, the university campus of the Vall d'Hebrón (as co-author) stand out. , the restoration and extension of the Gandesa winery and the Monumental Environment project of the Ripoll Monastery, among other works.
He has been a member of the Institut d'Estudis Catalans since 1978 and a member of the Barcelona Bibliophile Association from 1959 until his death.
In 1992 he received the Narcís Monturiol Medal for scientific and technological merit and in 2001 the Creu de Sant Jordi.
On the occasion of the donation of the collection, the Library of theETSAB has developed one thematic guide about him