Luis Callejas (Medellín, 1981) Architect, founding partner and former director of Paisajes Emergentes and founder and director of lcla office (Medellín)
Callejas’s design practice and research is positioned at the intersection of architecture, landscape and urbanism, and is oriented toward the generation of new forms of engagement with the public realm by reframing the traditionally limited disciplinary tools of architecture to make meaningful political and spatial impacts at territorial scales.
Since starting to practice as architect Callejas has been focused in the potentials of landscape as a medium for design in tropical contexts where it is not yet stablished as a field.
Having obtained diverse recognition in multiple public space and landscape architecture competitions, Luis Callejas was awarded with the 2013 Architectural League of New York Prize for Young Architects and selected as one of the world’s ten best young practices by the Iakov Chernikhov International Foundation in 2010.
Before starting his own practice, Luis Callejas collaborated for two years in the renovation of the Medellín Botanical Garden, which played a key role in the internationally recognized urban transformation of the city of Medellin through public space interventions.
In 2010 Luis Callejas completed the aquatic centre for the XI South American games, in association with Edgar Mazo and Sebastian Mejia, and in 2011 completed the renovation of “El Campin” Stadium in Bogotá Colombia. Both projects were commissioned through open international competitions.
Since 2008 Luis Callejas has received diverse recognitions in twenty design competitions.
Luis Callejas is the author of Pamphlet Architecture 33 (Princeton Architectural Press, 2013). The competition to select the author of PA33 asked previous authors in the series to nominate the architects and theorists whose work represents the most exciting design and research in the field today. Luis Callejas was selected as winner in 2012 and his book Pamphlet Architecture 33: Islands, Atolls, asks how architecture might critically repurpose its traditionally limited disciplinary tools in order to make a meaningful impact at a territorial scale.
Luis is a lecturer in Landscape Architecture at Harvard Graduate School of Design and in the past has held a series of visiting appointments at the University of Toronto (Urban design) , Oslo School of Architecture and Design (Landscape Architecture), RMIT Melbourne (Landscape Architecture) the Scola da Cidade in Sao Paulo (Architecture), and the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana in Medellin (Architecture)
By Luis Callejas