Alfredo Thiermann

Design Critic in Architecture

Alfredo Thiermann is an architect born in Santiago de Chile and founding partner of ThiermannCruz. Through his design practice and theoretical research, he explores the intersection between architecture and different media, from sound installations and film scenography to single family houses, public buildings, and large-scale infrastructures. He has taught and lectured at Harvard University, Princeton University, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and other institutions. Alfredo’s written and built work has been published in Revista ARQTRACE magazine, ZeppelinPotlatchReal ReviewThresholds, Archithese, Arch +, and BauNetz, and has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Santiago, the Istanbul Design Biennial, Museo MAC Quinta Normal, and Centro Cultural Estación Mapocho, among other institutions.

His built projects include Artifact Nr. II (2013) at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes; Artifact Nr. I (2012) in Paine; Artifact Nr. IV (2015) in Lago Llanquihue; Casa I in Santiago, and Artifatc Nr. V at the Istanbul Design Biennial (2016) in Istanbul. He was a finalist in the Young Architects Program organized by MoMA in Santiago de Chile and a nominee for the MCHAP Emerging Architect Prize awarded by the IIT in Chicago.

Alfredo studied architecture, receiving his professional degree from the Pontificia Universidad Católica in Chile and a Masters degree from Princeton University. He is a doctoral candidate at the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) in Zurich and was a visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science and at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, developing a research on the architecture of radio. He lives, works, and takes care of Pedro Tristán and Juan Nataniel in Zurich, Santiago, and Berlin.