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An architect from Universidad Católica de Chile (1992), Alejandro Aravena (b. 1967, Santiago) established his practice in 1994, after studying history and theory at Università IUAV di Venezia and engraving at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia.
Distinguished with several awards, such as the Silver Lion at the XI Venice Biennale (2008) and the Erich Schelling Architecture Medal (2006), his work has featured at the São Paulo Biennale (2007), the Milano Triennale (2008), the Venice Architecture Biennale (2008 and 2012), the MoMA in New York (2010) and the MA Gallery in Tokyo (2011), as well as being widely published in over 50 countries. Visiting professor at the Graduate School of Design of Harvard University between 2000 and 2005 and International Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects since 2010, Aravena has been named one of the 20 new heroes of the world by Monocle magazine and the recipient of the Marcus Prize 2009, celebrating young architects of outstanding promise and talent.
Currently, he is member of the advisory boards of the David Rockefeller for Latin American Studies and of the Cities Program of the London School of Economics, as well as being a member of the Pritzker Architecture Prize Jury. Since 2006, he has been Executive Director of ELEMENTAL, a “do-tank” that develops housing and infrastructural projects with public interest and social impact, in partnership with the Chilean Oil Company COPEC and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.