Keynote Speakers

2017 ACSA Administrators Conference  |  CROSSING BOUNDARIES
November 2-4, 2017  |  Albuquerque, New Mexico
Host School: University of New Mexico
Co-chairs:     Geraldine Forbes Isais, University of New Mexico
                      Rafael Longoria, University of Houston



Architect Antoine Predock was born in 1936 in Lebanon, Missouri. While studying at the School of Architecture at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, he became entranced with the landscape of the American southwest. As he has written, “New Mexico has formed my experience in an all-pervasive sense. I don't think of New Mexico as a region. I think of it as a force that has entered my system, a force that is composed of many things … Lessons learned in the American Southwest apply anywhere in the world - my "regionalism" is portable.”

Predock founded Antoine Predock Architect in 1967. The firm is based in Albuquerque, but maintains studios in Los Angeles and Taiwan. Predock designs expansive spaces that seamlessly weave the present with the past. He has been recognized for his unique ability to design highly contextual works that respond to their environment. Some of his major projects have included the San Diego Padres Ballpark; Austin City Hall in Texas; Tacoma Art Museum in Tacoma, Wash.; Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg; the Las Vegas Central Library and Discovery Museum; the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa, Fla.; the Nelson Fine Arts Center at Arizona State University in Tempe; the National Palace Museum in Taiwan; and buildings for Stanford University (California) and Rice University (Texas). Predock was the 2007 recipient of the National Design Award for Lifetime Achievement.



Antón García-Abril, (Madrid, 1969) is a Registered Architect in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, European PhD Architect and full-professor at the School of Architecture and Planning of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.).

In 2000 he establishes Ensamble Studio leading, together with his partner Débora Mesa, a cross-functional team that balances practice, research and education in Architecture. Among the studio’s most relevant completed works are Hemeroscopium House and Reader’s House in Madrid (Spain), Music Studies Center and SGAE Central Office in Santiago de Compostela (Spain), The Truffle in Costa da Morte (Spain), Cervantes Theater in Mexico City and, more recently, Cyclopean House in Brookline (USA) and Structures of Landscape for Tippet Rise Art Center in Montana (USA). Their work has been extensively published in both printed and digital media, exhibited world-wide - Orléans Frac Centre Biennial 2017, Chicago Architecture Biennial 2017, Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 and 2010, MOMA NY 2015, GA International Exhibitions 2016-2010 in Tokyo, etc.- and awarded internationally, like the recent 2017 Architizer A+Awards, 2016 NCSEA Excellence in Structural Engineering Award for “Structures of Landscape” project. In the last year he has lectured in MET Museum NYC and in the AIA NYC among others.

Beside his professional career, Anton keeps very active academic and research agendas: has been invited professor and lecturer at numerous universities and architecture forums around the world, and co-founded in 2012 the POPlab (Prototypes of Prefabrication Research Laboratory) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.), that he continues to direct. 




  Johanna Hurme and Sasa Radulovic are architects and founding partners of
5468796 Architecture.

Established in Winnipeg — a risk-averse city of 700,000 on the margins of the
Canadian Midwest — 5468796 began as a reaction to decades of public apathy and ambivalence about architecture. Born from a place where architecture was lost
from the cultural radar, mundane was always good enough, and conventional
solutions and regressive planning strategies prevailed, 5468796 aimed to disrupt
this status quo through new architectural propositions.

Instead of looking for silver-bullet solutions we pursue invention as a way to reinstate legitimacy of Architecture in everyday life — we do so by finding
opportunities in the most rudimentary of briefs and re-imagining the role of
architecture in our city. While aiming to execute our agenda locally on all fronts,
from advocacy to teaching to public engagement and making, our work continues
to be recognized throughout the world for its resilience, resourcefulness and the
rigorous pursuit of innovation, further inspiring us to re-invent our approach for
every new challenge.