June 29, 2016 - July 1, 2016  |  Santiago de Chile
Host School
: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Escuela de Arquitectura

Conference Chairs:
  Alfredo Andia, Florida International University, USA
  Umberto Bonomo, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
  Macarena Cortes, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
  Dana Cupkova, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  Vera Parlac, University of Calgary, Canada


Alejandro Aravena. Photo by Cristobal Palma


ALEJANDRO ARAVENA was born in Santiago, Chile and he graduated as an architect from the Universidad Católica de Chile in 1992. In 1994, he established his own practice, Alejandro Aravena Architects. Since 2001 he has been leading ELEMENTAL, a “Do Tank” focusing on projects of public interest and social impact, including housing, public space, infrastructure, and transportation.

ELEMENTAL has built work in Chile, The United States, Mexico, China and Switzerland. After the 2010 earthquake and tsunami that hit Chile, ELEMENTAL was called to work on the reconstruction of the city of Constitucion, Chile. Aravena's partners in ELEMENTAL are Gonzalo Arteaga, Juan Cerda, Victor Oddó and Diego Torres.

+ 2016 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate
+ Elemental



MIRENE ELTON lives and works in Santiago de Chile, founding partner of Elton_Léniz office (since 1993). Architect at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (1996). Master of Science (Built Environment) at the University of London. Elton_Léniz office have developed their work with various partners including artists, architects and designers to characterize the office with great versatility in the ability to design on different scales. Among the projects in Chile and abroad are objects, furniture, exhibitions, commercial spaces, interior, housing, urban development, corporate projects and educational projects. This work has been published in various media around the world and have been selected to participate in exhibitions such as the Biennale of Architecture of Santiago, Bienal of Saint Ettienne, The Furniture Fair in Paris and Milan, "Cut'n 'Paste" exhibition at the MOMA in New York, and recently in the Biennale di Venezia 2016. About awards and recognitions are the first price in the XI Bienal Panamericana of Quito, Ecuador (1998) , Chile - Diseño (2007) AOA Emerging Architects (2009).

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TERESA MOLLER has been working in the field of Landscape Architecture for the past 30 years. She strongly believes in the power of simplicity. For her, a careful observation and awareness of the landscape is the key for developing social-culture projects and bringing nature accessible to people. The most important aspect of her work is to find what is on site and what is needed to bring people to experience nature.

Teresa has always marveled at the luck she has being able to work in the wide range of landscapes that exist in Chile. In her words the variable landscapes in Chile have taught her everything as she has to often meet the extreme differences in environments from working in the desert of Northern Chile to the rain forests in Southern Chile.

+ Teresa Moller



Cazú’s firm outlines a different take towards chilean architecture, in the search for an expressive architecture, closely related to Chile, its territory, landscape and vernacular building traditions. The firm has a unique way of undertaking the design process, starting from the relationship between poetry and architecture; based on a “light and precarious inhabitance” understanding the greatest asset of Chile is its territory. The project Tierra Patagonia Hotel is the most renowned example of this, a contemporary language based on the relationship between poetry and architecture, the project has been granted many awards, including the Travel + Leisure Design Award for Best Design Hotel and Best Resort. Among many other awards and recognitions, Cazú won the “Great Latin American Architecture Prize” and an Honorable Mention at the “ArcVision Prize” in Milan. She has given lectures all around the world, including the MAXXI in Italy, Mundaneum in Colombia and Nicaragua, the GDS Harvard in Boston and the Millennium at the Polytechnic University of Milan.

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Parr House | Chiguayante I Chile I 2007-2008 I Built


PEZO VON ELLRICHSHAUSEN is an art and architecture studio established in Concepcion, southern Chile, in 2002 by Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen. They have been the curators of the Chilean Pavilion at the 2008 Venice Biennale and teach regularly in Chile at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and in USA at the Illinois Institute of Technology. They have been visiting professors at The University of Texas (Austin, 2011-14) and at Cornell University (New York, 2009). Their work has been distinguished with the Mies Crown Hall Americas Emerge Prize by the IIT (Chicago, 2014), the Rice Design Alliance Prize (Houston, 2012), the V Iberoamerican Architecture Biennial Award (Montevideo, 2006) and the XV Chilean Architecture Biennial Award (Santiago, 2006). The work of the studio has been edited in monographic issues of A+U (Tokyo, 2013), 2G (Barcelona, 2012) and ARQ (Santiago, 2007) and exhibited at the International Architecture Exhibition at La Biennale di Venezia (Venice, 2010), at the Royal Academy of Arts (London, 2014) and as part of the Permanent Collection at the MoMA (New York, 2014).

Mauricio Pezo completed a Master in Architecture at the Universidad Catolica de Chile (Santiago, 1998) and a degree in Architecture at the Universidad del Bio-Bio (Concepcion, 1999). He has been awarded the Young Architect Prize by the Chilean Architects Association (Santiago, 2006) and the Municipal Art Prize by the Concepcion City Hall (Concepcion, 2013).

Sofia von Ellrichshausen holds a degree in Architecture from the Universidad de Buenos Aires (Buenos Aires, 2002) where she was distinguished with the FADU-UBA Honors Diploma.

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