Carolina Ihle

Carolina Ihle

New York, NY, US



Architect, researcher and teacher at Universidad Austral de Chile, Valdivia. Currently teaches Architecture Design Studio and History Theory courses both for early undergraduate and thesis students.  Her research projects are related to preservation, heritage (patrimony) and decay.

The main focus of the current discussion of her research is placed on the question of value of inmaterial heritage, material heritage and the politics of selection at an architectural and urban scale after 1930. The representation and the socio-political implications of this modern post-industrial heritage's destruction have pushed her several projects to find active ways in different media. She has explored in multidisciplinary teams with artists, performers, anthropologists, cinematographers and historians for the exploration of the boundaries of valuation of spaces and narratives associated to them.

She works independently in her own practice >Invisible Architecture< developing housing projects in Chile and abroad. Conducts a radio show on cities and architecture where different agents of the urban development are called for interviews. Organized a simposium on "Architecture: Against Time" and produced a short film on a colaborative basis with 85 members of the film industry surrounding the topic of non recognized heritage "Jacal: Against Time".

She has been Teacher associate  for Design Studios at Columbia University and has taught with Markus Dochantschi, Shohei Shigematsu, Sarah Carpenter, Alejandro de Castro and Toshihiro Oki. She has assisted on courses for research and building technologies at the PUC and has been invited juror at the UPC, NJIT, Parsons, PUC, GSAPP and Barnard + Columbia. 

After finishing the Master in Advanced Architecture Design (2011-2012) she developed the thesis “Curating Decay/ Formworks and concrete deterioration” for the Advanced Architecture Research program of the GSAPP at Columbia University in 2012-2013 and is currently working on extending that research. Previously she Studied in Santiago, Chile where she obtained her Bachelor in Architecture from Pontificia Universidad Católica with a final project she developed at ETSAB Barcelona,Spain during the last year of study.

Co-founder of C2Arquitectos and founder of CIHLE ltda (2004-2011). Her design and built practice worked on housing and commercial programs as well as development construction. Has collaborated as well in BOPBA.A located in Barcelona, Gubbins arquitectos in Chile, ZERZA Architects and Toshihiro Oki architects in New York.


Universidad Austral de Chile, Valdivia, CL, Teacher Associate

Jan 2015 - current

Columbia University, New York, NY, US, Teacher Associate

Jan 2013 - Jul 2014

ZERZA, New York, NY, US, architect

Design for competitions, Museum Renovation and Delegates Lounge for United Nations Headquarters.

Nov 2012 - Jul 2013

Toshihiro Oki Architects, New York, NY, US, architect

Development and Design for housing projects (Bellport and Fire Island area) and Madison Gallery interiors design.

May 2012 - Jul 2012


Columbia University, New York, NY, US, AAR

Advanced Architecture Research. Development of an independent research on material deterioration.

May 2012 - May 2013

Columbia University, New York, NY, US, Masters, Ms Advanced Architectural Design

Master in Advanced Architetural Design/ Scholarship from BECAS CHILE

May 2011 - May 2012

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona, ES, BArch, March

Thesis development.

Jan 2000 - Mar 2001

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, CH, BArch, Architecture

Architecture License.

Mar 1995 - Nov 1999


William Kinne Fellowship, Grant


Becas Chile, Grant


PHILIPS, Ilumina tus ideas, 3rd Place

Project to illuminate the government house in Chile.


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