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Archilectures - Visiting Professors

Visiting Professors invited by the School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering open their classes for the ARCHILECTURES series, a program of fifteen talks on their work, their thinking and their research. 


I semester

N.B.: Archilectures official language is English.

JESÚS DONAIRE | 25-10 - H 17:15 - ROOM III B (in Italian)

La casa mediterranea. Jesús Donaire is an architect, curator and professor of architecture. His studio is dedicated to develop projects of architecture as well as ephemeral and curatorial design. The lecture will briefly introduce the work developed at the studio and will focus in four house projects. It will be an opportunity to review the values of the Mediterranean house, mainly built during the last century in Italy and Spain.

Jesús Donaire is a Ph.D. Architect by the School of Architecture of Madrid Polytechnic University from 2016 and Architect by the same University from 2000. Thanks to a Fulbright scholarship, he was awarded a Master of Science Degree in Advanced Architectural Design by Columbia University in New York, with an Honour Award for Excellence in design and a William Kinne Fellows Prize. In 2014 he receives the UPM Consejo Social grant and he was awarded with the 2015 Rome Prize in Architecture by the Spanish Royal Academy in Rome. He is Associate Professor of Architecture at ETSAM since 2009, and Visiting Professor at Politecnico di Milano since 2016. He has also taught at Nebrija University, Boston Suffolk University and The Barnard + Columbia College of Architecture. He has been a visiting critic and lecturer at various universities and cultural institutions around Europe, the United States and Canada and he is member of the Doctoral College of Politecnico di Bari.
Jesús Donaire runs his own office of architecture based in Madrid. He also works as exhibition curator. Since 2012 he is Secretary of the BigMat International Architecture Award and since 2014 Editor in Chief of the Blog BMIAA of architectural culture. He collaborated, for almost a decade, with renowned architects Jesús Aparicio and Alberto Campo Baeza in Madrid and David Chipperfield in London. He has been awarded with several international prizes, such as the International Interior Design Association Prize, IIDA in Chicago, the COAM Award in Madrid and the Jury and Popular Awards in the first edition of the Architizer A+Awards in New York and he has been selected in the Arquia, Enor and Cerámica de Arquitectura Awards.
T magazine has recently selected Jesús Donaire as one of the 30 most influential office of Architecture in Spain.

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Affordable Housing: Housing into question. The lecture is part of the cycle of 9 seminars "Affordable Housing: from Vienna to Milan" on the frontiers of Viennese social housing.
9 Austrian designers are invited to present newly built housing projects in Vienna and to discuss the way in which affordability and architectural quality are combined, highlighting design themes and issues, dimensions of innovation and criticality.


Andreas Lichtblau, Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Architect (* 1961). Univ. Prof., serves as Head of the Institue of Housing at Graz University of Technology since 2011. He studied architecture at Graz and Wien Universities of Technology and received a Diplom-Ingenieur degree in architecture in 1989.
 1990-94 he worked as an assistant at the Institute of Building Typology and Housing. Co-Founder of lichtblau.wagner architekten gp zt-gmbh.

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KEVIN HOM | 21-10 - H 17:30 - ROOM EL.0

PURSUIT OF GOOD DESIGN FOR GOOD CAUSES. Professor Hom will discuss his work as an academic dean and as a practicing architect.
During the first part of his presentation as Professor Hom will share his research associated with multidisciplinary global issues developed during his term as Dean of School of Technology and Design at the City University of New York.
The second part of the presentation Professor Hom will explore architectural projects he has designed for public interest clients such as higher education, athletic facilities, libraries and community centers.

Kevin Hom
is the founder and President of Kevin Hom Architects. His practice is a national design firm with education facility projects throughout the country. Under Mr. Hom's leadership, the practice has won numerous awards including the "2008 Firm of the Year" from the Society of American Registered Architects/New York Council. Mr. Hom is recognized as a leader in the advancement of design and better use of spaces at major colleges and universities.
In 2017 he was he was elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.
In 2011 The City University of New York appointed Mr. Hom Dean of the School of Design and Technology New York City College of Technology (City Tech) of The City University of New York (CUNY) is the largest public college of technology in New York State.
Kevin Hom received both his Masters of Architecture and his B.S. in Engineering from the Columbia University.
Mr. Hom's expertise focuses on design and includes academic, library, research, convention, hotel, theater and master planning projects. Mr. Hom has had the opportunity to design new projects and renovations for numerous institutional and educational clients.
Mr. Hom has worked at some of the world's most renowned design firms. He previously served as: Managing Principal and Design Director at Arthur Erickson Architects in Los Angeles; Director of Architectural Design at Gibbs & Hill in New York; and Project Designer at the New York firms of I.M. Pei, and Marcel Breuer & Associates.
Known for designing projects that combine design achievement and programming excellence, Mr. Hom has lectured at numerous national and international conferences. Mr. Hom has also taught or lectured at Columbia, UCLA, Pratt, New York University and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. In 2019 Mr. Hom will be Visiting Resident Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning at the Politecnico Milano.

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MIKAEL JAKOB | 15-10 - H 17:15 - ROOM 2.0.2 (EX N.0.2)

ON STANDARDISATION (IN ARCHITECTURE, DESIGN, LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE). Architecture, landscape architecture, and urbanism are caracterised today by a process of standardisation and banalisation with the result that our built environment looks more and more the same. Uniformity is of course both a positive and negative value which depends of the context where things are assimilated or not. The conference discusses the implications as well as the historical bases of this tendency.
Michael Jakob teaches history and theory of landscape at HEPIA, Geneva, the Accademia di Architettura in Mendrisio and the Politecnico of Milano. A visiting professor at the GSD (Harvard), he is the curator of international exhibitions and a producer of documentary films.




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