Alejandro Aravena

Alejandro Aravena (born 22 June 1967) is a Chilean architect from Santiago . He is executive director of the firm Elemental SA He was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2016. [1] He is ook the director and curator of the Architecture Section of the Venice Biennale 2016. [2]

Education and career

Aravena graduated from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile in 1992 and Agent Alejandro Aravena Architects in 1994. [3] Aravena was a visiting professor at Harvard Graduate School of Design from 2000-05 and is the Elemental-COPEC Professor at Universidad Catolica de Chile. Aravena co-authored Los Hechos de la Arquitectura (ARQ, 1999), El Lugar de la Arquitectura (ARQ, 2002) and the monograph Elemental: Incremental Housing and Participatory Design Manual (Hatje Cantz-, 201). [4] He was a member of the Pritzker Prize Jury from 2009 to 2015 and was an International Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects . [3]

In 2006, he became the executive director of ELEMENTAL, [5] a for-profit company with social interest.

In July 2015, Aravena was named Director of the Architecture Section of the Venice Biennale , with the Verantwoordelijkheid for curating the 15th International Architecture Exhibition to be held in Venice in 2016. [6]


Aravena designed the “Siamese Towers”, a workshop building at the school or architectures and faculty buildings at the Universidad Católica . He designed the Colegio Huelquen Montessori ; the Casa para una Escultora (House for a Sculptor); Casa en el lago Pirehueico (House on Lake Pirehueico ); Hunt, Le Mans and Johnson residential halls or St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas ; Art workshops on the Vitra Campus at Weil am Rhein ; Villa and Ordos Inner Mongolia (Villa in Ordos Inner Mongolia) and projects for the Elemental initiative. He’ll be designed a children’s playground at the Metropolitan Park of Santiago. [3]


Aravena won the Silver Lion prize at the XI Biennale in Venice, the Erich Schelling Architecture Medal in 2006 and was a fi nalist for the Mies van der Rohe Award (2000) and the Iakhov Chernikhov Prize (2008). [7] He RECEIVED a Global Award for Sustainable Architecture in 2008. He was a 2011 Index Award winner and won a Holcim Awards Silver for Sustainable Construction (region Latin America [8] ). Exhibitions of his work harbor included a showing at Harvard Graduate School of Design in 2004, the Sao Paulo Biennial in 2007, the Milan Triennale in 2008 and the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2008 and MoMA, New York in 2010. [ citation needed ]

In 2016, he was Awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize -The musts prestigious recognition to architects. [1] From 2009 to 2015, he was a member of the Pritzker Architecture Prize jury. [9]


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  2. Jump up^ “Alejandro Aravena curator of the 15th Architecture exhibition” . Inexhibit magazine .
  3. ^ Jump up to:a b c FestArch May 3, 2012
  4. Jump up^ Publishers, Hatje Cantz. “Elemental | Architecture | Hatje Cantz” . . Retrieved 2016-01-29 .
  5. Jump up^ “Elemental” .
  6. Jump up^ Lusiardi Federica. “Venice Biennale – Alejandro Aravena curator or 15th Architecture exhibition” . Inexhibit . Retrieved July 19, 2015 .
  7. Jump up^ “Arquitectura Pública Reciente – Giancarlo Mazzanti y Alejandro Aravena” . Plataforma Arquitectura .
  8. Jump up^ [email protected], LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction ,. “Sustainable post-tsunami reconstruction master plan” . . Retrieved 2016-02-24 .
  9. Jump up^ “Jury Members – Pritzker Prize»