Alejandro Aravena

Alejandro Aravena
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Alejandro Aravena in 2015
BornAlejandro Gast׳n Aravena Mori
(1967-06-22) 22 June 1967 (age 50)
Santiago, Chile
Alma materPontifical Catholic University of Chile
AwardsPritzker Architecture Prize (2016)
PracticeElemental S.A.


Alejandro Gastón Aravena Mori (given birth to 22 June 1967) is a Chilean architect from Santiago. He’s executive director from the company Elemental S.A. He received the Pritzker Structures Reward in 2016. He was the movie director and curator from the Architecture Portion of the 2016 Venice Biennale.

Education and career

Aravena graduated from your Pontifical Catholic University or college of Chile in 1992 and established Alejandro Aravena Architects in 1994. Aravena was a going to teacher at Harvard Graduate College of Style from 2000–05 and may be the Elemental-Copec Teacher at Universidad Kittyólica de Chile. Aravena co-authored Los Hechos de la Arquitectura (ARQ, 1999), Un Lugar de la Arquitectura (ARQ, 2002) as well as the monograph Elemental: Incremental Casing and Participatory Style Manual (Hatje-Cantz, 201). He was an associate from the Pritzker Reward Jury from 2009 to 2015, and can be an International Fellow from the Royal Institute of English Architects.In 2006, he became the professional director of ELEMENTAL, a for profit company with interpersonal interest.In July 2015, Aravena was called Director from the Architecture Portion of the Venice Biennale, with the duty for curating the 15th International Structures Exhibition to become held in Venice in 2016.


Aravena designed the "Siamese Towers", a workshop building in the institution of structures and faculty structures in the Universidad Kittyólica. He designed the Colegio Huelquen Montessori; the Casa em virtude de una Escultora (Home for any Sculptor); Casa en un lago Pirehueico (Home on Lake Pirehueico); Hunt, Le Mans and Johnson home halls of St. Edward’s University or college in Austin, Tx; art workshops within the Vitra campus at Weil am Rhein; Villa en Ordos Internal Mongolia (Villa in Ordos Internal Mongolia) and tasks for the Elemental effort. He also designed a children's playground in the Metropolitan Recreation area of Santiago.


Aravena won the Sterling silver Lion prize on the XI Biennale in Venice, the Erich Schelling Structures Medal in 2006 and was a finalist for the Mies truck der Rohe Prize (2000) as well as the Iakhov Chernikhov Award (2008). He received a worldwide Award for Lasting Structures in 2008. He was a 2011 Index award champion and earned a Holcim Honours Silver for Lasting Construction (area Latin America). Exhibitions of his function have got included a displaying at Harvard Graduate College of Style in 2004, the São Paulo Biennale in 2007, the Milan Triennale in 2008 as well as the Venice Biennale of Structures in 2008 and MoMA, NY in 2010.In 2016, he was awarded the Pritzker Structures Prize—one of the most renowned recognition to architects. From 2009 to 2015, he was an associate from the Pritzker Architecture Award jury.