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Lecture Series

The Department of Architecture provides an annual lecture series demonstrating innovative architectural approaches or practices from across the world that positively reinforce the curriculum, discourse, and projects that the students actively engage. The Lectures + Exhibition Committee purposefully includes noted authors, designers, and scholars, who visit the Texas A&M College of Architecture to discuss their work.

Due to COVID travel restrictions, the Department of Architecture Lecture series in the Spring 2021 semester will be virtual. You can register for these lectures at

Events are free and open to the public

Events start at 5:30 PM CDT (TAMU ZOOM) unless otherwise noted

AIA Continuing Education LU/HSW credits available for each lecture (1 LU/HSW AIA credit per session)


  1. Barry Wark (The Barlett School of Architecture) – March 1
  2. Abigail Coover Hume (Overlay Office, Pratt Institute) - March 10
  3. Image Material Sumposium - March 16
    1. Anne Holtrop (Studio Anne Holtrop ETH Zurich)
    2. Mark Linder, PhD (Syracuse University)
    3. Casey Reas (UCLA)
  4. Jesica Amescua Carrera and Mariana Ordóñez Grajales (COMUNAL) - March 22


  1. NCBDS
    1. Andrew Zago (Bouwman Zago Architecture, SCI-Arc) and Laura Bouwman (Bouwman Zago Architecture) - April 1
    2. Anda French (French 2D, Princeton University) and Jenny French (French 2D, Harvard University) - April 2
    3. Harriet Harriss, PhD (Pratt Institute) - April 3
  2. Vimalin Rujivacharakul, PhD (University of Delaware) - April 12

Spring 2021 Lecturer Biographies

Barry Wark is an architect and designer who combines practice with research and teaching activities at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. Following over a decade working for reputable practices in London he established his eponymous studio in 2018. 

His work explores the manifestation of ‘nature’ in architecture, reflecting an ecological sensibility and humans place withing the Anthropocene. It strives towards biocentrism, rejecting that humans and their artifacts are impervious or separate to the natural world, instead exploring permissible forms of coexistence between human and nonhumans within the built environment.  

His work has been published internationally in both physical and digital media and has given lectures and workshops about his research to architects and other design disciplines such as film studios and game developers.

Barry is also the cofounder of the academic atelier Biophile, a space for students and educators to contribute to the evolving nature-architecture dialogue.

Abigail Coover Hume, founder and director of Overlay Office has been building as an architectural designer and project manager in New York City, San Francisco and beyond for over 18 years. Abigail received her Masters of Architecture from Yale. Her work and writings have been published in the New York Times, Wired, Metropolis, Tarp, and Project and exhibited at The Druker Gallery, the A+D Museum, the Yale Architecture Gallery, One Night Stand, and the New York Center for Architecture. Along with Nathan Hume, Abigail is also a partner at HumeCoover Studio and co-creator and editor of, a website that reviews the work of contemporary artists, architects, and designers who offer the stunningly unexpected. Abigail has previously taught architectural design as a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania and as a critic at the Yale School of Architecture. She currently teaches studios at the Pratt Institute.

Anne Holtrop, Founder, Studio Anne Holtrop, Associate Professor of Architecture, ETH, He (1977 / Netherlands) started his own practice in 2009. Currently the studios are based in Amsterdam (NL) and Muharraq (BH). In 2015 the first two major buildings, Museum Fort Vechten and the National Pavilion of the Kingdom of Bahrain, were completed. Recently realized is the Customs House in Manama, operational as the main post office, and the Qaysariya Suq and Green Corner Building in Muharraq. The studio has completed new stores worldwide for Maison Margiela with flagship stores in London, Paris, Osaka and Shanghai, and is currently working on the completion of several Unesco listed heritage buildings in Bahrain: Murad Boutique Hotel and Siyadi Pearl Museum.

Anne is an associate professor at the ETH in Zurich. For his practice he received in 2007 the Charlotte Köhler Prize for Architecture by the Prince Bernhard Cultural Foundation, in 2016 the Iakov Chernikhov International Prize and in 2019 the Aga Khan Award. The 2G monograph series dedicated its 73rd issue to Studio Anne Holtrop in 2016. In 2020 a new monograph: “Site, Matter, Gesture” by El Croquis is published on the practice and its continuous research.

The work of the studio, as well as the teaching and research outcome are presented and collected internationally in biennales and institutions, recently at the first Sharjah Architecture Triennial, the Seoul Architecture Biennial, Frac Le Plateau and upcoming at the Carnegie Museum of Art.

Mark Linder, Professor and Thesis Director, Syracuse University School of Architecture, His research explores design theory and history considered in a transdisciplinary framework with a focus on modern architecture since 1950. His forthcoming book, That’s Brutal, What’s Modern?: The Smithsons, Banham and the Mies Image, argues that the intellectual formation and design practices of The New Brutalism are early, exemplary instances of modern architecture coming to terms with the question, “What would architectural practice become if imaging were its acknowledged means and ends?

He was Chancellor’s Fellow in the Humanities at Syracuse University (2011-14). A website,, documents the seminar he taught and the IMAGES?Precisely! event series he organized, and well as subsequent courses he has taught focused on imaging theories. Most recently, his multi-media installation, NeuroArchitectureImaging (2019), explored intersections of imaging practices in architecture and neuroscience. A prior long term transdisciplinary project (2000-2015) investigated the potential of Geographic Information Systems as an urban design media with the capacity to transform census and other data, with its discrete categories and boundaries, into more pliable, or fluid, relational images that can suggest new spatial densities, intensities, gaps, affiliations, networks, communities, and territories. His most recent GIS project was exhibited at McGill University in 2012 and the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative in 2015.

Casey Reas, Professor, UCLA, His software, prints, and installations have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions at museums and galleries in the United States, Europe, and Asia. His work ranges from small works on paper to urban-scale installations, and he balances solo work in the studio with collaborations with architects and musicians. Reas’ work is in a range of private and public collections, including the Centre Georges Pompidou and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Reas is a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. He holds a master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Media Arts and Sciences and a bachelor's degree from the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati. With Ben Fry, Reas initiated Processing in 2001; Processing is an open-source programming language and environment for the visual arts.

Mariana Ordóñez Grajales, an architect graduated from  the Autonomous University of Yucatán [UADY], founded Comunal in 2015 in Mexico City.  In 2017, Jesica Amescua Carrera, an architect graduated  from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, joined the team as co-founder. 

Mariana and Jesica value the architectural object for its capacity to be functional, formal and aesthetically appropriate to  the essence of the place, the culture and the people, but above all, as the representation of negotiation  processes between consensus and dissent. For this reason, they do not conceive architecture as an  individual author’s work or as a static, artistic and unmodifiable object; but as a collaborative, live, open  and constantly evolving social process that allows residents to express their ideas, needs and aspirations, always recognizing them as the center of projects and decision-making. In other words, we visualize the  inhabitants as subjects of action and not as objects of intervention. 

To understand the multiple ways in which the human habitat manifests itself, Mariana and Jesica  have resorted to the  democratic vision of Participatory Architecture and Social Production of Habitat, whose notions understand that individuals from any social group and cultural context have the ability to identify their needs, propose solutions and make the appropriate decisions for the development of its territory. Its integrative and intercultural approach respects all forms of life and has led them to dismantle the hegemonic practice of the architect to develop a role of facilitators and mediators who accompany communities in the  defense of their habitat, promoting the exchange of knowledge, critical reflection and the construction of collective knowledge. 

As a team made up of women, they are committed to encourage and facilitate the participation of  women in all the projects and processes that we develop together with the communities. They begin by respecting and valuing the contributions made by women in strategic, administrative and constructive  processes, which must be understood under their own logic, performance and collective definitions made by the women of each community, always respecting their cultural context.

Andrew Zago, principal of Bouwman Zago, has over thirty years of professional experience in architecture, urbanism, and education. He is a native of Detroit, holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University. In 1987 he founded AKS RUNO in Los Angeles with Bahram Shirdel and later, Shirdel Zago Kipnis with Bahram Shirdel and Jeffrey Kipnis. In 1991 he established Zago Architecture—Bouwman Zago’s predecessor firm. Zago is a member of the design faculty at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI- Arc) and Clinical Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has also taught at Harvard University, Cornell University, the University of Michigan, UCLA, UC Berkeley, and the Ohio State University. From 2003 to 2007 he was the founding director of the Master of Architecture program at the City College of New York. He frequently lectures, and his work has been exhibited internationally. In 2018 he published Accident, the first book of his planned Polygraph series of mismatched publications documenting the breadth of his creative output. Zago is a fellow of the American Academy in Rome and a recipient of both an Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Fellowship Grant from the United States Artists organization.

Laura Bouwman is a principal of Bouwman Zago where she has worked with Andrew Zago since 2003. She is a native of Detroit, holds a Bachelor of Science in Art and Design and a Master of Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prior to Zago Architecture, she worked in the Paris office of the Renzo Piano Building Workshop on the Morgan Library Expansion in New York. She is a registered architect in California and Michigan. Ms. Bouwman was project architect for the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, the Mercury Coffee Bar Detroit, Arup Downtown Los Angeles, and has had a leadership role in other projects, publications, and design competitions. Ms. Bouwman has also taught design studios at the Ohio State University, University of California Berkeley, and the University of Michigan.

Led by partners Laura Bouwman and Andrew Zago, Bouwman Zago brings open-ended, creative inquiry to disciplinary concerns in architecture. Noted for its prescient articulation of emerging sensibilities, the practice weds quasi-autonomous aesthetic studies to the art of making buildings and cities. In doing so, Bouwman Zago reaffirms the substantial and productive link amongst art, architecture and urbanism. The firm has completed projects in the US, Mexico, and Korea including the Fine Venture office tower in Seoul, the Cornell Synthesis Studio for Cornell University’s Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD). In 2011 Zago Architecture was selected by the Museum of Modern Art in New York for its Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream exhibition. In 2015 Andrew Zago and Laura Bouwman were selected to represent the United States at the US Pavilion for the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale. In 2018, the firm was selected to design a housing prototype for a rural house for Nanacamilpa, Mexico. This prototype was built this year as part of a housing exposition in Apan, Mexico.

Anda French (MArch, Princeton University) and Jenny French (MArch, Harvard University) are co-founders of French 2D, an award-winning practice deeply engaged with local issues of collectivity, housing, public space, history, and identity. Anda and Jenny’s interest in hybrid models that exist between practice and academia has been the catalyst for their practice-based research and advocacy. 

French 2D’s work on mixed-use projects combines ideas of collectivity with more radical organizations and typologies. The firm completed the first all compact unit building in Boston, which provided 180 units and commercial space woven into the Boston University neighborhood. Their work in collaborative and participant led design, not only won a Progressive Architecture Award in 2020, but simultaneously created a transformational zoning ordinance in a major city in Greater Boston.  The firm has extensive experience with meaningful community engagement and focuses projects at multiple scales on novel forms of civic participation. These projects include custom environments for participatory events and dinners, urban-scale graphics, experimental facades, and spaces for collective living.

French 2D was named as an Architectural Record Design Vanguard winner (2019) and received a 2020 P/A Award from Architect Magazine for Bay State Commons Cohousing. The firm has been featured in numerous publications, including Domus, Metropolis, and The Architect’s Newspaper, and as Architect Magazine's Next Progressives. The firm was a MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program finalist, and has exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale.

Jenny is an Assistant Professor in Practice at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Anda is a Visiting Faculty member at the Princeton School of Architecture and is the 2022 President-Elect of the Boston Society of Architects/AIA, where she has co-chaired the BSA’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Task Force since 2018. 

Dr. Harriet Harriss (RIBA, PFHEA, Ph.D.) is a qualified architect and Dean of the Pratt School of Architecture in Brooklyn, New York. Her teaching, research and writing focus upon pioneering new pedagogic models for design education, as captured in Radical Pedagogies: Architectural Education & the British Tradition, and for widening participation in architecture to ensure it remains as diverse as the society it seeks to serve, a subject she interrogates in her book, A Gendered Profession. Dean Harriss is also recognized as an advocate for diversity and inclusion within design education and was nominated by Dezeen as a champion for women in architecture and design in 2019. Her most recent book Architects After Architecture (2020), considers the multi-sector impact of an architectural qualification.

Dr. Vimalin Rujivacharakul received her doctorate in architectural history and theory from University of California at Berkeley.  She is currently Associate Professor of History of Art and Architecture in the Department of Art History at the University of Delaware and is also holding an appointment as the University’s Visiting Professor (2018-2021) at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.  Her research combines the history of art and architecture with intellectual history.  Her Liang Sicheng and the Temple of the Buddha’s Light (2015) is on China Classic List, and she is the chief editor and contributor of Architectural-ized Asia (Choice Award, 2014).  Her Collecting China (2011) was the basis for the Freer|Sackler Galleries’ Andrew W. Mellon workshop on Chinese Object Studies in 2017.  Rujivacharakul’s scholarship has been supported by the Institute for Advanced Study, Getty Research Institute, Graham Foundation, among others.  She’s completing a book examining the writing of global architectural history between the two world wars and is also currently working with colleagues at Tsinghua University to revitalize abandoned heritage sites and villages in China.


Spring 2021 Career Fair

What: Department of Architecture Career Fair
When: February 12th, 2021. 9am - 5pm CST
Who: All students + Firms
Where: Online - Via Texas A&M's Career Center website: Symplicity.

How to sign up:
Both firms and students are able to sign up through this link. Use the search bar on top and enter in "architecture". Once the results show up, scroll down to career fairs, and select the Department of Architecture Career Fair- Spring 2021. From there you will be able to register for the event. Students will be able to upload their resume and set up a profile when they register for the career fair on the TAMU Symplicity website.

Questions about Career Fair: Contact our Career Fair Committee and visit

Career Fair Email:
Oscar Avila:
Isabela Doberenz:
Ryan Garza:

Or feel free to email AIAS Chapter President at 

COA News

COA News is the newsletter serving the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University. The online edition is updated as news breaks, the electronic edition is e-mailed monthly to subscribers, and the print edition is published quarterly and distributed exclusively to former students and friends of the college.

Fall 2020 Final Studio Review booklet + Schedule

The Fall 2020 final studio review booklet and schedule includes information on our undergraduate and graduate design studios. It lists the project description, the faculty member, and the students enrolled in the course. The booklet organizes from lower-level undergraduate studios to graduate-level studios.  The attached lists the date, time, and Zoom link for each review, organized by day.

This semester’s projects vary in scale from single-family and multi-family residences to small building projects to mixed-use developments in both micropolitan and metropolitan cities across the State of Texas, the United States, and worldwide. In addition to offering design solutions at multiple scales, these projects also tackle diverse topics such as housing the unsheltered and venues for individuals who struggle with historical policies. Several studios integrate faculty research as a framework to address global architectural considerations that vary by place, context, and climate. Some of the projects adaptively reuse historical buildings and integrating sustainable systems while others infuse interdisciplinary community teams to tackle the current COVID-19 pandemic through cutting-edge and responsive SURGE healthcare spaces. I hope that you have the opportunity to visit as many projects as possible to ascertain the depth and breadth of this semester’s studio investigations.

Due to COVID-19, all of the Fall 2020 semester's reviews will occur virtually on three days - Monday, November 16; Wednesday, November 18; and Friday, November 20.

If you have questions about the final reviews, please contact Dr. Weiling He ( or Dr. Gregory Luhan ( We look forward to showcasing the work of our students.


Lecture Series

The Department of Architecture provides an annual lecture series demonstrating innovative architectural approaches or practices from across the world that positively reinforce the curriculum, discourse, and projects that the students actively engage. The Lectures + Exhibition Committee purposefully includes noted authors, designers, and scholars, who visit the Texas A&M College of Architecture to discuss their work.

Due to COVID travel restrictions, the Department of Architecture Lecture series this fall 2020 semester will be virtual. Click here for full lecture series poster and see below for more details.

Events are free and open to the public

Events start at 7:20 pm CDT (TAMU ZOOM) unless otherwise noted

AIA Continuing Education LU/HSW credits available for each lecture (1 LU/HSW AIA credit per session)



  1. Mary N. Woods (Professor Emerita, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY) – September 28


  1. Marsha Maytum (Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects, San Francisco, CA) – October 05
  2. Lisa Heschong (Heschong Mahone Group (HMG), Sacramento, CA) – October 19
  3. Cristina Mehrtens (Professor, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth) – October 26


  1. Carme Pinós (Estudio Carme Pinós, Diagonal 490. 08006, Barcelona) – November 2 @1:35 pm CDT ***Lecture funded in part by the Texas Architectural Foundation Hugh M. Cunningham Grant
  2. Guto Requena (Estudio Guto Requena, São Paulo, Brazil) – November 9

Fall 2020 Lecturer Biographies

Mary N. Woods is the author of seminal works about architectural education and practice; and film, photography, and the built environment: Women Architects in India: Histories of Practice in Mumbai and Delhi (2016); Beyond the Architect's Eye: Photographs of the American Built Environment (2013, 2009); and From Craft to Profession: Practice of Architecture in 19th-Century America (1999). In 1991 Woods became the first woman tenured in Cornell's architecture department, founded in 1871. She was the inaugural Michael McCarthy Professor of Architectural Theory and received the Tau Sigma Delta Silver Medal for distinguished scholarship in 2018. Current projects include a documentary film on single-screen cinemas in India with director Vani Subramanian; an exhibition and catalog on Mumbai's architecture of the night with photographer Chirodeep Chaudhuri; and a history of postindustrial ruins and urban renewal in New York City and Mumbai. Woods earned a B. A. from Duke University and Ph.D. from Columbia University.


Marsha Maytum, FAIA, LEED AP, is a founding Principal at Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects (LMSA) in San Francisco, winner of the 2017 National AIA Architecture Firm Award. For over 35 years, she has focused her career on community, cultural, and socially responsible projects that promote sustainable design. Her work has included the creation of new buildings, rehabilitation of historic buildings, and adaptive reuse of existing structures. LMSA has received over 150 regional, national and international design awards and has been recognized by organizations including the American Institute of Architects, Urban Land Institute, National Trust for Historic Preservation, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Green Building Council, and the 2014 ICC National Leadership in Sustainability Award. Ten of the firm’s projects have been named AIA COTE Top Ten Green Projects in the U.S. Maytum is a frequently invited juror and critic and has lectured nationally on the topics of sustainable design and adaptive reuse. She is a current member and the 2019 Chair of the National AIA Committee on the Environment Advisory Group and has been the Pietro Belluschi Visiting Professor at the University of Oregon, the Howard A. Friedman Visiting Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and a visiting professor at the California College of the Arts. Maytum chaired the AIA's Committee on the Environment (COTE) for a number of years. Her firm, LMSA, is considered “a diverse group of designers who share a common belief in the transformative power of architecture to help lead the way to a just, healthy and regenerative future for all.” It received the Architecture Firm Award, which is the highest honor the American Institute of Architects bestows on an architecture firm. It recognizes a practice that has consistently produced distinguished architecture for at least a decade, demonstrating a depth and breadth of work that has had a cumulative effect on the profession of architecture. LMSA is the third San Francisco-based firm and 54th firm overall to receive this honor.


Lisa Heschong is the founding principal of the Heschong Mahone Group and a licensed architect who has divided her professional career between energy research, writing, and building design. She is an internationally recognized expert on daylighting, lighting energy use, and human factors in building design. As a writer and educator, Heschong has authored numerous books and guidelines, including the groundbreaking Thermal Delight in Architecture (MIT Press 1979). She is a Fellow of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) and was awarded the 2012 Haecker Award for Architectural Research by the Architectural Research Centers Consortium. Heschong has a Master's in Architecture from MIT, a Bachelor of Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and currently lives in Santa Cruz, California.


Cristina Mehrtens is a Professor in the History and Women’s & Gender Studies departments at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She holds a PhD from the University of Miami and a degree in architecture and urbanism from the University of São Paulo. Prior to joining the University of Massachusetts, Dr. Mehrtens was a professor of architecture at the Catholic University in Campinas and served as an architect for the State Housing Agency (CDHU) in São Paulo. Her current research pays special attention to the origins of gendered professional practices and the contribution of female Brazilian and U.S. urban professionals who lived in the city of Sao Paulo in the early decades of the twentieth century. Her body of work expands and refines a path she had already revisited in Urban Space and National Identity in Early Twentieth- Century (Palgrave Macmillan 2010) and Municipal Services and Employees in the Modern City (Ashgate 2003).


Carme Pinós graduated from Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Barcelona (ETSAB) in Barcelona in 1979 and returned to the school in 1981 to study Urbanism. From 1982 on, she formed a partnership with her husband, Enric Miralles, which ended in 1991. During this period, the projects developed include the Igualada Cemetery Park, the Archery Range Buildings for the 1992 Summer Olympic Games, and the La Llauna School in Badalona. The work of Pinós-Miralles received awards on several occasions, including the FAD prize for the La Llauna School and the Igualada Cemetery Park, as well as the City of Barcelona Prize for the 1992 Olympic Archery Range Buildings. In 1991 Pinós set up her own studio and transferred the supervision and construction of several projects initiated in her previous office. Amongst them was the Community Centre and Auditorium in Hostalets de Balanya, La Mina Community Centre and the Boarding School in Morella. Since then she has combined her activity as an architect with teaching, working as a guest professor, amongst others, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1994–1995), the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf (1996–1997), the Columbia University in New York (1999), the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale of Lausanne (2001–2002), the ETSAB in Barcelona (2002), the Università Degli Studi di Sassari in Alghero (2002–2004), the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (2003) and at the Accademia di Archittetura di Mendrisio in Switzerland (2005–2006). Notable projects during her career include the Pedestrian Bridge in Petrer (Alicante), the Juan Aparicio Waterfront in Torrevieja (Alicante), the La Serra High School in Mollerussa, the Ses Estacions Park and the Espanya Square in Palma de Mallorca, the Cube Tower in Guadalajara, Jalisco (Mexico), and the Primary School in Castelldefels (Barcelona). More recent projects include the Novoli housing complex in Florence, the Catalan Government Headquarters in Tortosa, a high school in Sant Carles de la Ràpita and an office building in Igualada. Pinós designed the Gardunya Square in Barcelona and two adjacent buildings, a housing building and the Massana Fine Arts School. Pinós's work has been exhibited at several galleries, museums and universities, including the Kunstakademie in Stuttgart (1995), the Architektur-Hochschule in Aachen (1995), the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1994), the AAM Gallery in Rome (1996), the Urania Gallery in Barcelona (1996), the Eight Plan Gallery in New York, the Contemporary Art Museum of Puerto Rico (1997), the COAM Foundation of Madrid (1997) and the Colleges of Architects of Ibiza (1996), Valencia and Galicia (1997) and the Spanish Pavilion in the Venice Architecture Biennale (2006). In 2016 she was awarded the Richard J. Neutra Medal for Professional Excellence by the California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, in recognition of her career. She received the 2016 Berkeley-Rupp Architecture Professorship and Prize valuing her contribution to promoting the advancement of women in the field of architecture and her commitment to the community. In 2015 she was honored with the Creu de Sant Jordi Medal, one of the highest civil distinctions awarded by the Catalan Government to individuals and organizations for their cultural and social services. She received the First Prize at the 2008 Spanish Biennial of Architecture, the National Award for Public Architecture by the Catalan Government in 2008, and the National Architecture Award by the High Council of Spanish Architects. She was named Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 2011 and RIBA International Fellow in 2013 for her outstanding contribution to architecture. Her work has been widely exhibited in several galleries, museums, and universities. The Centre Pompidou acquired the scale models of the Caixaforum Zaragoza in Spain, the Hotel Pizota in Mexico, and the Maison de l’Algérie of Paris. The model of the Cube I Tower currently belongs to the collection of New York’s MOMA. In 2012 Carme Pinós launched OBJECTS, a collection of products designed, produced and commercialized by her own studio.


Guto Requena is representative of a new generation of architects and designers involved in the discussion of interactivity and its effects on architecture and design; his work focuses in new digital technologies, cyberculture, hybrid realities, new lifestyles, affective memory, Latin America, and Brazilian culture. He is the Creative Director of the Estudio Guto Requena, which acts in all areas where design is of the essence, in its most varied scales: objects, interiors, architecture, and cities. At the core of the studio’s projects is an obsession with experimenting with digital technologies in an emotive way. Interactive Public Furniture and Urban Art are the studio’s most recent focus. Guto is an architect with a master’s in Architecture & Urban Planning from the University of São Paulo (USP). For nine years, he was a researcher at NOMADS.USP – Center for Interactive Living Studies of the University of São Paulo. In 2007 he completed his master’s dissertation, “Hybrid Habitation: Interactivity and Experience in the Cyberculture Era,” and established Estudio Guto Requena in 2008. Guto has won several awards and lectured and exhibited in more than 20 countries worldwide. Between 2012 and 2015, he wrote a column about design, architecture, and urbanism at Folha de São Paulo, one of the major Brazilian newspapers, and collaborated with several magazines. Since 2011, Guto has been creating, screenwriting, and hosting TV, web, and cinema series. Among some recognitions: ArchDaily's Building of the Year Award 2014 - Interior Architecture - Walmart São Paulo; BID 2012 – Bienal Ibero Americana de Design, as the best Space Design in Brazil for the Exhibition "Roteiro Musical de São Paulo.” “Best in Architecture Brazil - 2010” for nightclub HOT HOT, under the category “Bars & Nightclubs.” “Young Brazilian Awards” as recognition for lecturing on 70 workshops all over the country. He is currently preparing a design series on Netflix.