“Polytechnic Senses” with Josemaría de Churtichaga



0:25 Introduction by Richard Sommer
8:55 Josemaría de Churtichaga presentation
1:18:55 Q & A

On February 25, 2014, architect Josemaría de Churtichaga presented the 2013-2014 Frank Gehry International Visiting Chair in Architectural Design lecture at the Daniels Faculty. Each year, the Gehry Chair teaches a graduate studio and delivers a public lecture at the Daniels Faculty. The chair was established in November 2000, and is named for the Toronto-born designer of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, the Experience Music Project in Seattle and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

Josemaría is currently the Associate Dean at IE School of Architecture and Design in Madrid, Spain where he has also held the position of Director for Undergraduate Architecture Studies. He is also the former Director for the Design Thinking Launch Program at IMBA Master at IE Business School (ES).

Prior to joining IE University, he was a Design Studio Professor at ETSAM Madrid from 2003 to 2008. He has lectured at prestigious academic and professional institutions in the US, UK, Switzerland, Germany, Norway, India, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Argentina, Mexico and Cuba.

In 1995, Josemaría de Churtichaga and Cayetana de la Quadra-Salcedo founded the firm, CHURTICHAGA + QUADRA-SALCEDO architecture. Since its inception, the office has designed and built several buildings, focusing mainly on public buildings, cultural facilities and infrastructure obtained as the result of national and international competitions. The work of the office is focused on the intimate relation between tangible and intangible aspects, trying to understand architecture as a sensorial interface, as an atmosphere between the person and the environment.

From its foundation, ch+qs has designed city council chambers, sports pavilions and facilities, libraries, cultural centers, cinema complexes, infrastructure, kiosks, refuges, collective houses, private homes, twons in the Sahara for petrol companies, furniture, books, typographies and so on. The office rejects the notion of specialization and instead promotes interdisciplinary ventures and collaboration.

Many of ch+qs’ buildings and projects have received awards and have been widely published in national and international publications such as Architectural Record, New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Detail, Mark, Frame, etc. Awards include the Mies van der Rohe Prize (selected), and first prizes from the following: Great Indoors Award 2013, LAMP Prize 2013, COAM Prize 2013, Archdaily Building of the Year 2012, FAD Prize 2012, COAM prize 2012, Public Space European Award 2012 (finalist), ENOR International Young Architects Prize 2007, ENOR Prize 2005, CAM Madrid Regional Government Prize 2003, Bigmat Prize, INC. Magazine NY Prize World Coolest Office (2nd) 2011, Public Space European Award 2012 (finalist).

For more information about the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto, visit us at http://www.daniels.utoronto.ca

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