Ignasi de Solà-Morales was born into a family of architects (his father was in fact the head of the Catalan Association of Architects between 1954 and 1964). He graduated in Philosophy and got his doctorate in Architecture in 1977. De Solà-Morales was also Professor on Theory and History of Architecture at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. In 1971, he had already set up his own studio.
Solà-Morales devoted much of his work to the restoration of ancient theatres (the ones of Valls and Torelló, between 1985 and 1988), and gave courses on theater architecture at the university. For these reasons, he was commissioned the project of directing the enlargement of the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona.
However, the Opera theater suffered a devastating fire on January 31st 1994, and Solà-Morales was then assigned to undertake its reconstruction project, that was concluded on October 7th 1999. Xavier Fabré, Lluís Dilmé and Eulàlia Serra collaborated with him, and the three first received the Premi Nacional Patrimoni Cultural handed by Catalonia's government. After this major work, the Liceu reincorporated to the city's life with a more complex structure, more secure and able to fulfill all expectations as the outstanding cultural center it aims to be.