Flores & Prats
Architecture studio based in Barcelona. Created in 1998 by Ricardo Flores and Eva Prats, it combines design and constructive practice with intense academic activities. Their trajectory is based on investigation tied to the responsibility of making and building, emphasizing on the possibilities that public interpretation and critical looks reveals on built work as part of their study process. Their projects, mostly the result of open contests, have investigated fields such as rehabilitation, social housing or public spaces and community involvement. The firm has also developed mobile or portable projects, has experimented with the use of cinematography to document architecture, as well as menus on edible architecture like the ones elaborated for their work exhibitions in Barcelona and Copenhagen. Their projects have been widely awarded, published, and exhibited, the highlight being the Grand Prize for the best architectural project by the Royal Arts Academy in London in 2008 and the Dedalo Minosse Award in Vincenza in 2011. Eva Prats is currently a guest professor at the ETH Zurich and both partners are associate professors of the ETSAB-UPC, Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura in Barcelona.
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Felipe Assadi is an Architect graduated from the University of Finis Terrae with a Master’s in Architecture from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica of Chile. In 1999 he is awarded the “Premio Promoción Joven” from the School of Architects of Chile, which is given to the best architect in the country under 35 years old. He has taught in several Chilean and foreign universities like Mexico, Brazil, Italy, Colombia, and United States. He has been invited to speak in conferences in Venezuela, Peru, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Argentina, United States, Italy, and Spain. His work has been published in several countries, in publications like Wallpaper and Architectural Review in London; Arquitectura Viva and AV Monografias in Madrid; Architectural Record in New York; GA in Tokyo; Domus and Casabella in Italy; among others. He has five monographs edited in Navarra, South Korea, Santiago, Buenos Aires, and Mexico. He has participated in exhibitions in Chicago, Barcelona, Pamplona, London, Quito, Tokyo, Venezia, and Santiago. His work has been built in Chile, Uruguay, Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, United States, Ecuador, and Italy. He has been serving as Dean at the Architecture and Design Faculty in the University of Finis Terrae in Santiago de Chile.
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Associate founder of Morphosis, a collective and interdisciplinary architecture and planning firm created in 1972. Among his awards are the Pritzker Price (2005) and the gold medal from the AIA, American Institute of Architects (2013). He was named President of the Arts and Humanities Committee from 2009 to 2016. In 1972, he co-founded the South California Architecture Institute in which he continues to direct the NOW Institute, a postgraduate level thinktank on sustainability and urban resilience. Mayne has been a professor on numerous institutions around the world like Columbia, Yale, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Bartlett School of Architecture of London, and the University of Pennsylvania. He was named Distinguished Architecture and Urban Design Professor of UCLA from 1993 to 2018. In 2020 he published “Strange Networks” (Rizzoli), a monograph that emphasizes on his exploration on combinatory systems. This investigation continues at the Stray Dog Cafe, Mayne’s personal space for art and investigation in Morphosis, where he directs a young team of designers and students dedicated to creating art, investigation projects, and publications development that document his creative production. SFMOMA, MoMA, and the Chicago Art Institute, among others, have in their collections some of the work he has produced throughout his career.
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