Pezo von Ellrichshausen, “Deciduous Plan”

Please join us for a lecture by Concepcion-based architects Pezo von Ellrichshausen. Through a selection of detached houses in remote natural settings produced by the studio, their lecture will examine the temporal dimension of architectonic space. Recovering the contradictory prophecies advocated by fleeting hermits, from Thoreau to Zarathustra, Pezo von Ellrichshausen will introduce notions of voluntary exile, social retreat and productive contemplation.

Pezo von Ellrichshausen is an art and architecture studio founded in 2002 by Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen. They live and work in the southern Chilean city of Concepcion. Their work has been exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, as part of the Permanent Collection at the Art Institute of Chicago and the MoMA in New York, and at the Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition, where they also were the curators for the Chilean Pavilion in 2008.

They are currently Visiting Professors at Harvard University GSD and have taught at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and at the Universidad Catolica de Chile in Santiago. Among other venues, they have lectured at the Tate Modern, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Alvar Aalto Symposium and the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Their work has been distinguished with the Mies Crown Hall Americas Emerge Prize by the IIT, the Rice Design Alliance Prize, the Iberoamerican Architecture Biennial Award and the Chilean Architecture Biennial Award.

The work of the studio has been widely published and edited in monographic issues of AV in Madrid, A+U in Tokyo, 2G in Barcelona and in the essay books Spatial Structure (B Architecture publisher) and Naïve Intention (Actar).

Mauricio Pezo (b. 1973) completed a Master in Architecture at the Universidad Catolica and a degree in Architecture at the Universidad del Bio-Bio. He has been awarded the Young Architect Prize by the Chilean Architects Association and the Municipal Art Prize by the Concepcion City Hall. Sofia von Ellrichshausen (b. 1976) holds a degree in Architecture from the Universidad de Buenos Aires where she was distinguished with the FADU- UBA Honors Diploma.

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