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2009-2010

The Raoul Wallenberg Lecture: Alejandro Aravena, ELEMENTAL S.A.

04/13/10
A+A Auditorium (Rm 2104)
Art + Architecture Building

Alejandro Aravena is the executive director of ELEMENTAL S.A. and a professor at professor at the Universidad Católica.

His work includes the Mathematics Faculty, the Medical Faculty, the Siamese Tower and the Architecture School for the Universidad Católica, the Huelquen Montessori School, a House for a Sculptor, a House in the Pirehueico Lake, the new facilities for St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, new children workshops and training facilities forVitra in Weil am Rhein, a Villa in Ordos, Inner Mongolia and social housing and urban projects for Elemental.

He has received several awards: Silver Lion at the XI Venice Biennale, 1st Prize in the XII and the XV Santiago Biennale, the Erich Schelling Architecture Medal 2006 (Germany), finalist in the Mies van der Rohe Award (2000), finalist in the Iakhov Chernikhov Prize 2008 (Moscow), finalist in the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture 2008 (Paris).

He is the author of various books: Los Hechos de la Arquitectura (Ed. ARQ 1999, 3ª edición 2007), El Lugar de la Arquitectura (Ed. ARQ 2002) y Material de Arquitectura (Ed. ARQ 2003). His work has been exhibited in several places: X-hibition, retrospective at Harvard GSD (2004), X in Centro de Extensión UC, Sao Paulo Biennale (2007), Milan Triennale (2008), Venice Biennale.

His work has been published in Japan (A+U), UK (Icon, Monocle y en World Atlas of Contemporary Architecture, 10 x 10 Vol.2, 21st Century Architecture and World Interiors for Phaidon), Italy (Casabella, Lotus, Abitare, The Plan y Domus), Spain (Verb-Crisis, Arquitectura Viva, VIA), Germany (Detail, Arch+, Taschen Architecture Now 6 y Architecture Now Houses), Russia (Monitor, Project Russia, Projekt International), Croacia (Oris), China (Space, Interior Design, HomeIdea, Vision, DI), Canada (Azure), Taiwan (IW), Netherlands (Mark), Korea (C3), Hong Kong (Egg), United States (Architectural Record, Harvard Design Magazine, Dwell, Praxis), Portugal (JA), Poland (Igloo), Rumania (Arhitetura), France (Ecologik), Mexico (Arquine, La Tempestad), Brazil (AU, Projeto, Vitrubius), Argentina (Summa+), Peru (Arkinka) and Chile (ARQ y CA). He has been included in Kenneth Frampton’s 4th edition of Modern Architecture; a critical history. Electa has published a monography called Alejandro Aravena, progettare e costruire (Milan, 2007).

He has lectured extensively: Colegio de Arquitectos de Cataluña, Urban Age Sao Paulo, RIBA in Londres, IUAV in Venice, America´s Society in NY, IDB in Washington, Catedra Corona in Colombia, . He studied history and theory at the Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia (1992-93).

He was Visiting Professor at Harvard GSD (2000-05). He is professor at the Universidad Católica (since 1994) and Elemental Copec Professor at the UC (since 2006). He has just been appointed member of the Pritzker Prize Jury, starting on January 1st. 2009

About The Raoul Wallenberg Lecture: Raoul Wallenberg graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in architecture in 1935.

Wallenberg's legacy is "architecture/design as a humane social art." During WWII, Wallenberg designed/created shutzpasses. Those fortunate to receive one were protected from the atrocities of the Nazis, particularly in Budapest. Wallenberg was responsible for setting up safe houses and issued "passports" that spared thousands from the concentration camps. For more information about Raoul Wallenberg.


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