The Berlage

Keynote Orange Room

The Building

José Aragüez

For nearly fifty years “the building” has primarily been viewed as a means rather than an end within architectural history and theory. The Building project initiated by José Aragüez presents an alternative to that trend by reconceiving it as a central discursive category in its own right. This public event will conclude Aragüez’s five-year project, which has involved a range of prominent historians, theorists, architects, and PhD candidates from both Europe and the U.S. Participants have included Stan Allen, Vera Bühlmann, Mario Carpo, Mark Cousins, Cynthia Davidson, Luis Fernández-Galiano, K. Michael Hays, Sylvia Lavin, Mary McLeod, Joan Ockman, Philip Ursprung, Sarah Whiting, Alejandro Zaera-Polo, amongst others.The Building project will come to an end with a lecture by José Aragüez, followed by a panel discussion with leading voices from the Berlage and other invited guests, including Ido Avissar, Principal, LIST, Paris; Salomon Frausto, Director of Studies, the Berlage, Delft; Alexander Lehnerer, Assistant Professor, ETH Zürich; Arjen Oosterman, Editor, Volume, Amsterdam; Michiel Riedijk, Principal, Neutelings Riedijk Architects, Rotterdam; and Martino Tattara, Partner, DOGMA, Brussels.

José Aragüez is an architect and writer based in New York City. He is Adjunct Professor of Architecture at Columbia University—where he leads graduate design studios and seminars—and is about to complete a PhD in the History and Theory of Architecture at Princeton. Aragüez holds a Diploma in Architecture and Urbanism from University of Granada, Spain (Honorable Mention, University Graduation Extraordinary Prize, and 1st National Prize in Architecture) and, from Columbia GSAPP, a post-professional Master's degree (Honor Prize for Excellence in Design) and a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Architectural Research. In the past he worked for Antonio J. Torrecillas (Spain), MVRDV (Rotterdam), and Idom/ACXT (London). 

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