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About the Designer
Alejandro Aravena Chile
Alejandro Aravena (1967), architect from Universidad Católica de Chile (UC), established Alejandro Aravena Architects in 1994. He was a visiting Professor at Harvard GSD (2000-05) and is currently the Elemental-Copec Professor at UC. He is a member of the Pritzker Prize Jury and has been named an International Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects. Professional work includes educational facilities, institutional, corporate and public buildings, museums, houses and housing. Awards include the 2006 Erich Schelling Architecture Medal (Germany), the Silver Lion at the 2008 Venice Architecture Biennale, the 2009 Avonni Innovation Award, and the 2010 Marcus Prize for Architecture, among other prizes. His Books include Los Hechos de la Arquitectura, El Lugar de la Arquitectura and Material de Arquitectura, as well as a monograph on Elemental published by Actar that will be published in 2010. Publications on his work include the monograph Alejandro Aravena, progettare e costruire published by Electa; Kenneth Frampton's fourth edition of Modern Architecture; a Critical History; Thames & Hudson's 60 Innovators Shaping Our Creative Future; and books by Phaidon and Taschen. Magazines include GA (Japan); Icon, Monocle and Architectural Review (UK); Casabella, Lotus, Abitare, The Plan and Domus (Italy); Arquitectura Viva and Verb (Spain); Detail and Arch+ (Germany); Mark and Volume (Netherlands); Architectural Record, Dwell, Praxis and Perspecta (United States); and others in more than thirty other countries. Exhibitions on his work have been held at Harvard GSD (2004), Sao Paulo Biennale (2007), Venice Architecture Biennale and Milan Triennale (2008), among other places. Since 2006 he has been Executive Director of ELEMENTAL S.A. a for profit company with social interests that works on projects of infrastructure, transportation, public space and housing, and is partnered by the Universidad Católica de Chile and COPEC (Chilean Oil Company).
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