Diego Grass (1983–) studied architecture at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He joined Izquierdo Lehmann Architects as an associate from 2009 to 2011. In 2012, he founded Plan Común with Felipe de Ferrari, leaving in 2016 to form GRASS+BATZ. Together with Thomas Batzenschlager, they collaborate with NGOs on renovations of existing structures for new social interest programs.
He has done audiovisual surveys about architecture since 2006 –interviews and portraits of buildings– with all his productions compiled at online database OnArchitecture (www.onarchitecture.com, co-founded with Felipe de Ferrari and Claudio Mesa). This archive includes more than 300 videos of buildings and 200 interviews with architects all over the world, entirely produced by Diego and Felipe.
Diego's work has been featured at venues such as Venice Architecture Biennale, Gallery MA (Tokyo), Swiss Architecture Museum and Vitra Design Museum, or publications like A+U, Casabella, 2G, Archithese and ARQ (Chile). He has been invited as lecturer or guest crit at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo University of Science, Yokohama National University, the Architectural Association, UCLA and The University of Texas at Austin.
His academic interests are wide and include architecture videography, Japanese architecture, Chilean architecture, funerary architecture and homelessness. Based in Santiago, he teaches at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (2014–) and Harvard University Graduate School of Design (2020–).
Diego Grass, Host
February 23, 2021