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Marcelo López Dinardi

Marcelo López Dinardi

New York, NY, US

 

About 

A researcher, educator and trained architect, studied one year of architecture in his native Chile, and later obtained his BArch from the School of Architecture of the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico (PUPR), Cum Laude. Co-founded the contemporary city research group CIUDADLAB in 2004, was Assistant Professor of design studio, research and representation at the PUPR, where he directed the 2009-2010 Lectures Series Sense Recession: What Comes Next?, and also directed the Roundtable Discussion Series for four years where he addressed the complexities of the production of contemporary architecture and the city. From 2008-2011 edited the architecture journal Polimorfo, which he also co-founded. Has written for EntornoDomusPlanning PerspectivesCCGSAPP, Buell Center at GSAPP, invited critic at the UPR, GSAPP, Barnard + Columbia College, Pratt Institute, Parsons, University of Pennsylvania and NJIT, lectured at Cooper Union and Princeton University and his architectural design work has been awarded several times. After relocating to New York, he developed the thesis Destructive Knowledge: Tools for Learning to Un-Dō with a renewed discussion around the work of Gordon Matta-Clark, obtaining an MS in Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture of the GSAPP at Columbia University. He recently co-edited the book Promiscuous Encounters for GSAPP Books. He is a partner of A(n) Office, based in New York and an Adjunct Faculty at the School of Architecture of the New Jersey Institute of Technology and the Architecture Department at Barnard College, Columbia University.

Elsewhere:

Employment 

Barnard College, Columbia University, New York, NY, US, Adjunct Faculty

Jan 2014 - current
 

New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Newark, NJ, US, Adjunct Faculty

Sep 2013 - current
 

Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico (PUPR), San Juan, PR, US, Auxiliary Professor

Teaching Experience

Recently Appointed Auxiliary Professor - School of Architecture, Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico 2005-2011
Design Studio Instructor 2005-2011
Research Instructor CIUDADLAB (CITYLAB) www.ciudadlab.com 2005-Present
Representation instructor, 2006-2011
Teacher Assistant Architectural Theory 2005 -2007
Teacher Assistant History of Modern Architecture 2006-2007
Invited Juror for MArch Projects at University of Puerto Rico School of Architecture, 2010

Design Studios:
1st year: Architecture, Place and Context Studio (2005-present)
3rd year: Historic Preservation Studio (2007-2009)
4th year: Collective Housing Studio (2008-2010) 2008 Winter edition in collaboration with Architect Javier Sánchez in Mexico City 2009 Fall edition case studying housing in The Netherlands

Architectural Representation:
1st. year: First career course dedicated to understanding and learning of drawing and representation (2006-present)

Research / Vertical Studio Abroad (2nd - 5th years) CIUDADLAB
1st. version 2005: The Practice of Everyday San Juan
2nd. version 2007: Puerto Rico en Orlando: Research on the migration phenomena between Puerto Rico and Orlando, Florida.
3rd. version 2008 Utopia in Moscow: Research on the understanding of utopia in past and recent Moscow
4th. version 2009 Hong Kong: One Less Colony - Research proposed to outline the connections between Puerto Rico as colony of the U.S. and the former British colony (research not developed)

Aug 2005 - May 2011
 

Toro Ferrer Arquitectos, Project Architect

Team architect for the Urban Design projects, San Juan Knowledge Corridor and Science City, in collaboration with Field Operations, New York, U.S.A. Project architect for the outdoor Guanacastes Amphitheater in the Río Piedras Botanicals Gardens Project architect for the New Visitors Center for the Luis Muñoz Marín Foundation Project architect for a private residence in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico All projects developed from conceptual design to construction documents and contract administration.

www.toroferrer.com

May 2004 - Dec 2010
 

Education 

Columbia University, New York, NY, US, Masters, Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture

Current Writings at GSAPP:

Reflecting Absence: Symbolism, Abstraction and the Un-politics in the Surface of the 9/11 Memorial.

Audience and Discourse: OPEN PLAN in the Context of the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York, 1977-1980.

The Architect’s Political Construct: Tracing Bernard Tschumi’s Ideological Genealogy (a reading of The Environmental Trigger)

Four Stages in the Life of the Twin Towers: An Enquiry of Time in Edmund Burke's Notion of the Sublime

The Architect's Political Mind: A Theoretical Construction of the Insurgent Architect

Co-Curator/Organizer:
Interpretations: Promiscuous Encounters (Seminars on Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices of Architecture - www.arch.columbia.edu/cccp-pe)

Sep 2011 - May 2013
 
Aug 1997 - Feb 2004
 

Awards 

Various Design Awards, Award

Honor Mention, XI Architecture Biennale, Unbuilt Projects for the New Emblematic Fence of the Río Piedras Botanicals Garden 2008. Team architect for Toro Ferrer Arquitectos.

Honor Mention, American Institute of Architects Puerto Rico Chapter, Unbuilt Projects for the New Emblematic Fence of the Río Piedras Botanicals Garden 2008. Team architect for Toro Ferrer Arquitectos.

Honor Award, American Institute of Architects Puerto Rico Chapter, Unbuilt Projects for the New Visitors Center for the Luis Muñoz Marín Foundation, 2008. Project architect for Toro Ferrer Arquitectos.

Honor Mention, X Architecture Biennale, Unbuilt Projects for the New Visitors Center for the Luis Muñoz Marín Foundation, 2008. Project architect for Toro Ferrer Arquitectos.

Honor Mention, American Institute of Architects Puerto Rico Chapter, Publication/Investigation Category for the online version of Onomatopeya Urbana journal www.onourb.com, 2004.

Honor Mention, Design Competition for the Annex to the Colegio de Arquitectos de Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico Architect’s Association) (Architect Istra Hernández team leader) 2003.
Honor Mention, American Institute of Architects Puerto Rico Chapter, Historical Documentation Fernández Garzot Residence, Naguabo, Puerto Rico, 1998

2008
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills 



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