Alejandro Aravena to speak at MIT on January 26

Pritzker Prize-winning architect Alejandro Aravena will speak at MIT on January 26, 2017, in a lecture that is free and open to the public. Watch the live webcast starting at 6:30 pm.

The Chilean architect is the principal director of ELEMENTAL, an architecture practice that employs a participatory design process for projects of public interest and social impact, including housing, public space, infrastructure, and transportation.

In 2016, Aravena received the Pritzker Prize, often referred to as “the Nobel Prize of architecture." Aravena also curated the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale, which included a robust presence from MIT faculty and alumni. His Biennale theme, “Reporting from the Front,” asked architects to demonstrate architecture’s capacity to improve the human condition by addressing problems such as segregation, inequality, suburbia, sanitation, natural disasters, housing shortages, migration, crime, traffic, waste, pollution, and community participation.

Born in Santiago, Chile, in 1967, Aravena graduated as an architect from Catholic University of Chile in 1992. He continued his studies of Theory and Art History in IUAV in Venice. In 1994 he established his own practice, Alejandro Aravena Architects. From 2000 until 2005, he taught at Harvard University, where he founded the ELEMENTAL with Andrés Iacobelli. In 2010, he was granted membership as an International Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects. Since 2001 he has remained principal director of ELEMENTAL.


Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017
6:30 – 7:30 PM

** New location
MIT Building 34, Room 101 [map
50 Vassar Street, Cambridge 


Reserve a ticket at our Eventbrite page.

Ticket holders must arrive by 6:15 PM. After 6:15 PM, seating will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis to other attendees.


Not in the Boston area? Watch the live webcast here.


Images courtesy of ELEMENTAL and Sergio Lopez, Suyin Chia, Cristobal Palma.