A researcher, educator and trained architect, he specialize in investigating the production of disciplinary knowledge (architectural and city related) and how it can subvert the docility that is systematically embedded in the political body of a subject. His pedagogical practice traces the links of cultural, political and economical systems within the production of spatial and material realities by “undoing” and critically understanding the systems that shaped them, allowing renewed and politically conscious alternatives to be constructed. This work is supported by the framework of artistic and architectural practices of the 1960s and 1970s, as well as a broad bibliography that tries to reconsider the figure of the architect as a public intellectual with political agency that can produce and work within contested spaces.
Studied one year of architecture in his birthplace in Chile (1978), and later obtained his Bachelor of Architecture from the School of Architecture of the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico (PUPR), Cum Laude. Founded the contemporary city research platform CIUDADLAB in 2004, was a full-time 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. From 2008-2011 edited the architecture journal Polimorfo, which he also co-founded. Has written for Entorno, Domus, Planning Perspectives, CCGSAPP, Buell Center, invited juror 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 by the AIA. 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 from 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 Detroit, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of the Architecture Department at Barnard + Columbia College, and an Adjunct Faculty at the School of Architecture of the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Barnard College, New York, NY, US, Adjunct Assistant Professor
New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Newark, NJ, US, Adjunct Faculty
A(n) Office, New York, NY, US, Partner
Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico (PUPR), San Juan, PR, US, Assistant Professor
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
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
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)
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.
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
Interpretations: Promiscuous Encounters (Seminars on Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices of Architecture - www.arch.columbia.edu/cccp-pe)
Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico (PUPR), BArch, Architecture
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