2017 Richard Rogers Fellowship Winners. Harvard Graduate School of Design

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Namik Mackic

Namik Mackic holds a degree in music from the Norwegian Academy of Music, philosophy from the University of Oslo, and Master in Design Studies from Harvard GSD. He is currently a research associate with Harvard Mellon Urban Initiative, and guest critic at the Rhode Island School of Design. He has served as critic and lecturer MIT School of Architecture and Planning, AHO School of Architecture and Design, Pratt Institute, Parsons the New School for Design, among other institutions. Mackic has worked as a researcher, curator, critic, artist, and documentary filmmaker, collaborating with variety of international organizations, including the Norwegian Ministry of Culture, Norwegian Ministry of Research and Education, Nordic Cultural Fund, and the World Wildlife Fund Mediterranean Programme Office. Mackic’s fellowship research compares trajectories of citizen-driven initiatives in two key capitals of post-Brexit, "migrant crisis"-stricken Europe, London and Berlin. His proposal highlights the role of refugees, immigrants, and other structurally disadvantaged populations, and projectively casts them as drivers of new forms of spatial development.

Maik Novotny

Maik Novotny studied architecture and urban planning at the University of Stuttgart and TU Delft. Since 2000, he has been living in Vienna, working as an architect, planner, and teacher in the Department of Spatial and Sustainable Design at TU Vienna University. He is the architecture critic for the daily newspaper Der Standard and the weekly magazine Falter, and contributes to a variety of other media outlets. He coedited the books Eastmodern: Architecture and Design of the 1960s and 1970s in Slovakia (Springer Vienna, 2007) and PPAG: Speaking Architecture (Ambra Verlag, 2014). Novotny’s London research addresses the current challenges for social housing in London and Vienna. His topic contrasts Vienna, which boasts a history of producing high-quality, widely accessibly housing, and postwar social housing in London, which has become stigmatized and frequently condemned as "sink-estates," ever-threatened with demolition. Novotny’s research will compare both cities’ approaches to public housing, seeking solutions for re-densifying and revitalizing existing aging housing stock.

José Castillo

José Castillo is the principal of the award-winning Mexico City–based firm a|911. Cofounded by Saidee Saidell in 2002, a|911 was recently named the most visionary architecture office in Mexico by Obras magazine. Its projects include the Spanish Cultural Center (2011), Ara Iztacalco housing project (2011) García Terres Library (2012), and Elena Garro Cultural Center (2013), all in Mexico City. Castillo holds architecture degrees from the Universidad Iberoamericana and Harvard GSD, and has taught and guestlectured at numerous universities. He has served as a juror on several competitions, including recently Bloomberg’s Philanthropies Mayor Challenge Latin America. He has curated exhibitions in New York, Sao Paulo, Rotterdam, Venice and Brussels, and is member of the editorial board of Arquine, the Deutsche Bank’s Alfred Herrhausen Society, and LSE Cities and Urban Age. Castillo’s proposal for the Richard Rogers Fellowship extends the research he initiated as a fellow of the Mexican National Endowment for the Arts. Recognizing cooking and eating as cultural, ecological and political actions with territorial and architectural implications, Castillo will investigate the way in which food and cooking transforms cities, drawing connections between urban food economies and pressing global problems such as climate change, inequality, and migration.

Saidee Springall

Saidee Springall is the principal of Mexico City–based firm a|911. Since cofounding the firm with Jose Castillo in 2002, a|911 has designed and built over 2,000 units of affordable housing in Mexico City, and completed infrastructure and cultural projects as well as large-scale master plans for mixed-use developments. The firm earned the Bronze Medal of the Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction Latin America (2011), Emerging Voices Award from the Architectural League of New York (2012), and the Audi Urban Futures Award (2014). Springall trained at the Universidad Iberoamericana and Harvard GSD and is currently a fellow of the Mexican National Endowment for the Arts. She has lectured in universities throughout Mexico and the U.S., and her work has appeared in Praxis Journal, 2G, Monocle, AD, Wallpaper, New York Times, and Reforma.

Saidell will use her London residency to research affordable housing in London, focusing in particular on the “social contract” established between the state, developers, civic agencies, and citizens. Building on her previous independent research, she aims to analyze policies and financial structures, as well as new models of community participation.

Shantel Blakely

Shantel Blakely holds an MArch from Princeton University, a PhD in the history and theory of architecture from Columbia University, and is currently completing an MA in Philosophy at Tufts University. She has taught courses in architectural theory and urban design at Columbia, Barnard College, and Parsons The New School of Design; most recently, she managed the public lectures and conferences program at Harvard GSD. As an independent critic and scholar, she has probed the relationship of architecture and design to ideologies of experiential practice. Her writings have appeared in PLOT, Log, AA Files, Avery Review, and Open Letters, and she has participated in a variety of exhibitions and symposia as an essayist, speaker, and advisor.

With this fellowship, Blakely returns to an intellectual project that begins with meditations on art and philosophy. The premise that "Art is both an individual good and an instrument of education,” articulated by early-20th-century English poet-educator-anarchist Herbert Read, informed a number of claims which intensified in postwar Europe, that aesthetic experiences could confront social problems. Blakely will use her London residency to study Read’s life, ideas, and intellectual milieu, with the aim of tying his ideas to those of others (including John Dewey and Charles Eames) who regarded art, as well as architecture and design, as a means to achieve social harmony.

Dirk van den Heuvel

Dirk van den Heuvel received his PhD in architecture from TU Delft, where he teaches as an associate professor. He is the cofounder and head of the Jaap Bakema Study Centre at the Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam. Van den Heuvel was the curator of the exhibition Open: A Bakema Celebration, the official presentation of the Dutch Pavilion for the 14th International Architecture Exhibition at Venice Biennale (2014). He is an editor of the publication series DASH (Delft Architectural Studies on Housing) (nai010publishers) and the architectural theory journal Footprint. He previously served as editor of the Dutch journal OASE (1993–99). His publication credits include Architecture and the Welfare State (Routledge, 2015), Team 10: In Search of a Utopia of the Present 1953-1981 (NAi Publishers, 2005), Alison and Peter Smithson: From the House of the Future to a House of Today (010 Publishers, 2004).

Van den Heuvel will use his residency to continue his research Alison and Peter Smithson within in the context of the postwar British welfare state. He will focus on the Smithsons' Robin Hood Gardens estate, examining the interrelations between architecture, planning, and housing policies. He is in the final stages of preparing a book that aims to

Saidee Springall, Jose Castillo. a|911

aI911 is an architecture and urbanism firm founded in 2002 by Saidee Springall together with Jose Castillo and located in Mexico City, whose work is based on the double commitment of an architecture that links the physical with the social and, which starts and ends reports by city and territory.

Throughout these two decades they have formed a study of 60 professionals with different profiles and areas of experience, which allows a multidisciplinary approach to projects. aI911's work covers architecture, urban design, territorial planning, mobility and landscape projects, with a variety of typologies approached from a methodology based on research and design.

aI911 has collaborated with a diversity of Mexican and foreign architects including Alberto Kalach, Enrique Norten, Isaac Broid, Javier Sánchez, Michel Rojkind, Productora, MMX, Julio Amezcua, Frida Escobedo, Fernanda Canales, Cadena y Asociados, Esrawe among many others.

Among its outstanding projects are the expansion of the Cultural Center of Spain, the CEDIM campus in Monterrey NL, more than 2,000 intra-urban social housing units, the Jaime García Terrés Library in the Ciudadela, the remodeling of the Siqueiros Public Art Hall, the Elena Garro Cultural Center and the remodeling of the Del Bosque Cultural Center and the Julio Castillo Theater, the Platah administrative building in Hidalgo, the Aztec Pavilion in Mexico City, the remodeling of the San Juan Market and two PILLARS - social infrastructures - for the Government of Mexico City.

Its urbanism work includes the master plan for Azcania in Azcapotzalco, developed in collaboration with Arup, Cerro Norte, a multi-use district in León, Guanajuato in collaboration with Sasaki, the Cabo Norte mixed-use and housing development in Mérida, as well as a series of tourism, industrial and mixed-use master plans in different states of the Republic and Central America.

Among her mobility projects are the Mexibús Pantitlán-Neza-Chimalhuacán transport corridor, the master plan for the BRT Buenavista-Centro Histórico-San Lázaro, the Maribús / Acabici project; a water and cycling mobility system for the port of Acapulco, the master plans for the Cetram Observatory and the urban architectural project for the Cetram Tacubaya as well as the comprehensive sustainable mobility strategy for the City of Mérida, Yucatán.

The firm has received various awards for its projects and contributions to the field of architecture and urban planning, such as the Richard Rogers scholarship for the Harvard GSD in London 2017, the National Housing Award 2011, for a 750-unit social interest housing complex. for ARA (Iztacalco); the bronze medal of the Holcim awards for Latin America 2011 for his master plan for the renovation of public space and infrastructure in a neighborhood in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua and the Emerging Voices award, by the Architectural League of New York in 2012

The Elena Garro Cultural Center has received several awards, among which are the award for the best interior design in Latin America and the Caribbean by IIDA in 2013, the Best of Year 2013 by Interior Design Magazine, the Project of the Year award, by Archdaily and Plataforma Arquitectura, and the Travel and Leisure Design Award for the best cultural space of 2014. Also, in 2014, the team led by a|911 won the Audi Urban Future Award, in Berlin, Germany. In 2015, the firm was recognized as the most visionary architecture firm in Mexico by Obras Magazine. In 2018 they obtained the Silver Medal at the Mexico City Architecture Biennial.

The work of aI911 has been exhibited nationally and internationally in exhibitions such as the Sao Paulo Architecture Biennale (2005), the Rotterdam Biennale (2007 and 2005), the Venice Biennale (2012, 2008 and 2006), the Biennale of Arts and Architecture of the Canary Islands (2007), among others. Recently, the firm's proposals for the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale (2016) and the Rotterdam Architecture Biennale (2016) were selected to form part of the digital archive of Mexico and to participate in the exhibition, respectively.



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