Wonne Ickx: “Specific Objects”

Wonne Ickx is a cofounder of PRODUCTORA, formed in 2006 with Abel Perles, Carlos Bedoya, and Victor Jaime. Ickx is also a cofounder of LIGA, Space for Architecture, an independent platform that promotes emerging Latin American architects. In his lecture, he will discuss the cross-contamination between these two practices, focusing on the studio’s first cultural infrastructure projects, a theater space in Cuernavaca and a community center and museum in Oaxaca; and its first project in the U.S., a residential remodel and addition in Los Angeles. Ickx will also discuss the exhibition Spaces Without Drama, curated by LIGA and opening in February, 2017 at the Graham Foundation in Chicago, which addresses the relationship between architecture and theatricality, taking Aldo Rossi’s Little Scientific Theater (1979) as a central reference point to develop new commissions. PRODUCTORA has won many awards for its work, including the Architectural League Prize for Young Architects in 2007, the Emerging Voices Award in 2013, and the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize for Emerging Architects in 2016. He has taught at UCLA and at several universities in Mexico; currently, he is a design critic in architecture at Harvard GSD for the Spring 2017 semester.

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