A City of Professions


By Jordi Ludevid

A City of Professions intends to take part in the current international debate on the present and future of the professions, a debate sparked by D&R Susskind (Oxford Press, 2015) with his book The Future of the Professions, which was echoed by the American psychologist Howard Gardner from Harvard University. A debate that is really about the future of our society. By moving closer to Howard Gardner and away from the Susskinds, A City of Professions proposes a radical regeneration of the whole of the professional world, focusing on its links with cities, and promoting the new social pact currently underway.


24 x 17 x 2cm


Jordi Ludevid




Architecture essay







Publication date

July 2021

About the author

Jordi Ludevid i Anglada

Architect and town-planner trained at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya-UPC (1974). He worked for more than 15 years as architect for several municipal administrations in the province of Barcelona. From 2009 to 2012 he provided advisory services in the fields of architecture and town-planning to Port de Barcelona. He is a member of several associations of architects. He has been a jury member in several architectural competitions both at national and international levels.

He served as President of the Barcelona province of the Order of Architects of Catalonia from 2001 to 2006 and as President of the Group of Architects working for Public Administration from 1996 to 2002. He was elected President of the Order of Architects of Catalonia in 2006. During his term of office, he carried out a vast programme of changes towards the professionalization of the institution, maintaining the existing wide network of offices and making the Order an institution more open to profession and society. He was appointed 2nd Vice President of the Council of Architects of Spain from 2007 to 2009. In November 2009, he was elected President of the Council being re-elected in November 2013. From 2011 to 2014 he was a Deputy Member of the International Union of Architects Council, Region I. He is the Head of Delegation of the Council of Architects of Spain in the Architects’ Council of Europe since 2010.

As President of the Spanish national organisation of architects, he is carrying out a programme of changes resulting in a very important statutory modification (2012) and managing significant legislative changes related to the Bologna Process, visado colegial (Professional Order verification of architectural projects), Law on Professional Services and Urban Regeneration Act.

He was elected President of ‘Unión Profesional’ (association gathering closed professions in Spain) in April 2016 since febrer 2018, vice President of CEPLIS (European Council of liberal Professions), and vice President of UWP (Professional World Union) .






Jordi Ludevid’s book is an unpublished and original contribution to the study of professionalism as the constitutive virtue of a new, demanding citizenry committed to the needs of our time. Underpinned by the exercise of architecture as a technical, artistic and reflective activity, Ciudad de Profesiones proposes understanding professional excellence as a contribution and service to the city, the scene of a public ethos. An essential text precisely now that the coronavirus crisis forces us to also rethink the missions of professional life.

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