Professor PhD Flavio Janches is a practicing architect, researcher, and Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 1986, he co-founded BJC Architecture Studio, a professional practice firm specializing in project management and urban design. BJC Architects has participated in many competitions worldwide, winning numerous awards and prizes including the Buenos Aires International Biennial of Architecture (Premio Bienal Internacional de Arquitectura Buenos Aires) in 1998 and 2001, as well as being honored seven times with the National Prize by the Buenos Aires Central Society of Architects and the Professional Council of Architecture and Urbanism.
Since 2001, Prof. Janches has worked as a researcher (TU Delft, The Netherlands), as a Visiting Design Critic (Harvard University, TU Delft, Amsterdam Academy of Architecture, University of Buenos Aires, and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Quito, Berlage Institute), and as a visiting scholar (David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University) in projects aiming to integrate, physical and socially, marginalized settlements in the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area. In 2012 he published “Public Space in a Fragmented City. Strategy for socio-physical urban interventions in marginalized communities”, and together with Max Rohm “Urban Interrelation. Work Methodology for the insertion of public space in informal settlements”. Along with his research, Prof. Janches opened the Argentine office of the Playspace Foundation, a non-profit organization based in the Netherlands, with the mission of improving the life of children in slums. Under his direction, the organization has carried out multiple physical interventions throughout Buenos Aires focusing on public space.