Mauricio Pezo

Design Critic in Architecture

Mauricio Pezo (b. 1973) is a Chilean architect, artist and educator. Together with Sofia von Ellrichshausen, in 2002 he founded the art and architecture studio Pezo von Ellrichshausen, currently based in the southern Chilean city of Concepcion.

They have taught at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, at Cornell University in Ithaca, the University of Texas in Austin, the Porto Academy and at the Universidad Catolica de Chile in Santiago.

Pezo von Ellrichshausen’s work has been distinguished with the Mies Crown Hall Americas Emerge Prize by the IIT, the Spotlight Award by the Rice Design Alliance, the Iberoamerican Architecture Biennial Award, the Chilean Architecture Biennial Award and the Regional Architecture Award given by the Chilean Government.

Their work has been exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, as part of the Permanent Collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago and at the Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition, where they also were the curators for the Chilean Pavilion in 2008.

Among other venues, they have lectured at the MIT, Princeton SOA, Columbia GSAPP, Mendrisio Academy, TU Munich, the Tate Modern, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Victoria National Gallery, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Alvar Aalto Symposium and the Royal Institute of British Architects.

The work of the studio has been widely published and edited in monographic issues of AV (Madrid, 2017), A+U (Tokyo, 2013), 2G (Barcelona, 2012) and in the essay books Spatial Structure (Copenhagen: B Architecture publisher, 2016) and Naïve Intention (New York: Actar, 2018).

Mauricio Pezo completed a Master in Architecture at the Universidad Catolica de Chile and a degree in Architecture at the Universidad del Bio-Bio. He has been awarded the Young Architect Prize by the Chilean Architects Association and the Municipal Art Prize by the Concepcion City Hall.