Chilean architecture firm Pezo von Ellrichshausen to speak Feb. 17

February 15, 2016

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — In January 2016, The Guardian named Pezo von Ellrichshausen's "Poli House" to its 10 Best Concrete Buildings list. At 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, firm principals Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen will deliver a lecture, "Finite Format," in the Stuckeman Family Building Jury Space at University Park.

The lecture, co-sponsored by the Penn State student chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects and the Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, is free and open to the public.

Pezo von Ellrichshausen is an art and architecture studio established in Concepcion, southern Chile, in 2002 by Pezo and von Ellrichshausen. They teach regularly at the IIT College of Architecture in Chicago and at the Universidad Catolica de Chile and have been visiting professors at the University of Texas (Austin, 2011–14) and at Cornell University (New York, 2009). Their work has been distinguished with the Mies Crown Hall Americas Emerge Prize (Chicago, 2014), the Rice Design Alliance Prize (Houston, 2012), the V Iberoamerican Architecture Biennial Award (Montevideo, 2006), and the XV Chilean Architecture Biennial Award (Santiago, 2006). The studio’s work has been edited in monographic issues of A+U (Tokyo, 2013), 2G (Barcelona, 2012), and ARQ (Santiago, 2007) and exhibited at the International Architecture Exhibition at La Biennale di Venezia (Venice, 2010), at the Royal Academy of Arts (London, 2014), and as part of the permanent collection at the MoMA (New York, 2014).

Pezo completed a master in architecture at the Universidad Catolica de Chile (Santiago, 1998) and a degree in architecture at the Universidad del Bio-Bio (Concepcion, 1999). He has been awarded the Young Architect Prize by the Chilean Architects Association (Santiago, 2006) and the Municipal Art Prize by the Concepcion City Hall (Concepcion, 2013).

Von Ellrichshausen holds a degree in architecture from the Universidad de Buenos Aires (Buenos Aires, 2002), where she was distinguished with the FADU–UBA Honors Diploma.

  • Multi-story modern concrete building on green forested hillside

    Pezo von Ellrichshausen, "Cien house," Concepcion, Chile, 2011

    IMAGE: Pezo von Ellrichshausen
  • Black-clad modern building with bright interior lighting shown overlooking wild natural gardens

    Pezo von Ellrichshausen, Guna house, Llacolen, Chile, 2014

    IMAGE: Pezo von Ellrichshausen
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