Barcelona, 15 February 2018.– This year marks the 20th anniversary of the UIC Barcelona School of Architecture’s Foros lecture series, a can’t miss event for members of the architecture community, the new edition of which has been organised in cooperation with BB Construmat. From 26 February to 7 May, six industry professionals and academics will pay the University’s Aula Magna a visit and share their views on the concept of innovation in architecture.
Under the title “Plural Innovations“, this new edition will underscore the need to expand the field of architecture. In this regard, innovation emerges as the first element in the expansion process, from an open, plural perspective, pushing the discipline to transcend its traditional limits. This year, Foros 2018 has been co-organised by School lecturer Miquel Lacasta, together with Marc Chalamanch and Carmen Santana, the three members of the studio Archikubik.
The series will begin on 26 February with a talk by Venezuelan architect Alejandro Haiek, co-founder of LABProFab. Haiek is one of biggest advocates among Latin American architects for working collaboratively to promote social, cultural and environmental development. His lecture will be entitled “Building Relationships”.
Alejandro Haiek (Caracas, Venezuela, 1971) is a lecturer at Umeå University, Sweden. He received honorary mention in the Master of Science Degree in Architectural Design from the Central University of Venezuela, where he is also a lecturer and member of the academic committee for the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism’s Postgraduate Degree in Design. His research explores the relationship between public landscapes, post-industrial ecologies and network governance policies.
He was recently commended at the 2017 Architectural Review Housing Awards and nominated for the 2016 Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize for Emerging Architects, the 2016 Oscar Niemeyer Award for Latin American Architecture and at the 2016 Ibero-American Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism. His work was recently exhibited at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale in 2016. Winner of the Architectural Design, Urban Design and Recycling and Rehabilitation awards at the 2016 Quito Biennial. New Talent in METROPOLIS magazine by MOMA curator Martino Stierli, 2015. First prize in the 2015 Jinan City Public Art Competition. Winner of the 2013 International Award for Public Art, China. First prize in the 2012 EME3 International Architecture Festival in Barcelona.
Date: 26 February 2018 – 7.30 p.m
Conference: “Building Relationships”
Place: UIC Barcelona School of Architecture – Aula Magna, Carrer Inmaculada 22, Barcelona
Foros is an annual lecture series organised by the UIC Barcelona School of Architecture, in which prestigious domestic and international architects use their work to share their views on architecture. These conferences are open to students, industry professionals and anyone interested in attending.
About the UIC Barcelona School of Architecture
The UIC Barcelona School of Architecture is a school of architecture committed to the intellectual, professional and personal growth of all those who form part of it. It implements a teaching model based on individual attention, practical learning in all areas of knowledge, cutting-edge technology and a teaching staff with international experience. The UIC Barcelona School of Architecture creates architects capable of facing the challenges of today’s society.
About BB Construmat
Barcelona Building Construmat is the International Building Expo that Fira de Barcelona has been organising since 1979. Held biennially, it has become the sector’s leading event throughout Spain, the Mediterranean arch and Latin America. 2019 will mark the 21st edition of the event, though preparations have already begun in 2018 with support for the UIC Barcelona Foros lecture series and the organisation of various activities.