Ganadores de las Becas RICHARD ROGERS 2017 de la Universidad de Harvard

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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 es una oficina de arquitectura y urbanismo fundada en 2002 por Saidee Springall junto con Jose Castillo y  ubicada en la Ciudad de México, cuyo trabajo se fundamenta en el compromiso doble de una arquitectura que vincula lo físico con lo social y, que parte y se informa por la ciudad y el territorio.

A lo largo de estas dos décadas han formado un estudio de 60 profesionales de diversos perfiles y áreas de experiencia, que permite una aproximación multidisciplinaria a los proyectos. El trabajo de a|911 abarca proyectos de arquitectura, diseño urbano, planeación territorial, movilidad y paisaje, con una variedad de tipologías abordadas desde una metodología basada en la investigación y el diseño.

aI911 ha colaborado con una diversidad de arquitectos mexicanos y extranjeros que incluyen Alberto Kalach, Enrique Norten, Isaac Broid, Javier Sánchez, Michel Rojkind, Productora, MMX, Julio Amezcua, Frida Escobedo, Fernanda Canales, Cadena y Asociados, Esrawe entre muchos otros.

Entre sus proyectos destacados están, la ampliación del Centro Cultural de España, el campus del CEDIM en Monterrey NL, más de 2,000 unidades de vivienda social intraurbana, la Biblioteca Jaime García Terrés en la Ciudadela, la remodelación de la Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, el Centro Cultural Elena Garro y la remodelación del Centro Cultural del Bosque y el Teatro Julio Castillo, el edificio administrativo Platah en Hidalgo, Pabellón Azteca en la Ciudad de México, la remodelación del Mercado de San Juan y dos PILARES - infraestructuras sociales - para el Gobierno de la Ciudad de México.

Su trabajo de urbanismo incluye el plan maestro para Azcania en Azcapotzalco, desarrollado en colaboración con Arup, Cerro Norte, un distrito de usos múltiples en León, Guanajuato en colaboración con Sasaki, el desarrollo habitacional y de usos mixtos Cabo Norte en Mérida, así como una serie de planes maestros turísticos, industriales y de usos mixtos en distintos estados de la República y Centroamérica.

Entre sus proyectos de movilidad se encuentran el corredor de transporte Mexibús Pantitlán-Neza-Chimalhuacán, el plan maestro para el BRT Buenavista-Centro Histórico-San Lázaro, el proyecto Maribús / Acabici; un sistema de movilidad acuática y ciclista para el puerto de Acapulco, los planes maestros para el Cetram Observatorio y el proyecto arquitectónico urbanístico para el Cetram Tacubaya así como la estrategia integral de movilidad sustentable para la Ciudad de Mérida, Yucatán.

La firma ha recibido diversos reconocimientos por sus proyectos y aportaciones al campo de la arquitectura y del urbanismo como la beca Richard Rogers por el Harvard GSD en Londres 2017, el Premio Nacional de Vivienda 2011, por un conjunto de vivienda de interés social de 750 unidades para ARA (Iztacalco); la medalla de bronce de los premios Holcim para Latinoamérica 2011 por su plan maestro de renovación del espacio público e infraestructura de un barrio de Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua y el premio Emerging Voices, por la Architectural League of New York en 2012

El Centro Cultural Elena Garro ha recibido varios premios, entre los que se encuentran el otorgado al mejor diseño de interiores en Latinoamérica y el Caribe por IIDA en 2013, el Best of Year 2013 por la Revista Interior Design, el premio al Proyecto del año, por Archdaily y Plataforma Arquitectura, y el Travel and Leisure Design Award al mejor espacio cultural de 2014. Asimismo, en 2014, el equipo dirigido por a|911 ganó el Audi Urban Future Award, en Berlín, Alemania. En 2015, la firma fue reconocida como el despacho de arquitectura más visionario de México por la Revista Obras. En el 2018 obtuvieron la Medalla de Plata en la Bienal de Arquitectura de la Ciudad de México.

El trabajo de aI911 ha sido expuesto nacional e internacionalmente en exhibiciones tales como la Bienal de Arquitectura de Sao Paulo (2005), la de Rotterdam (2007 y 2005), la de Venecia (2012, 2008 y 2006), la Bienal de Artes y Arquitectura de las Islas Canarias (2007), entre otros. Recientemente, las propuestas del despacho para la 15ª Bienal de Arquitectura de Venecia (2016) y la Bienal de Arquitectura de Rotterdam (2016) fueron seleccionadas para formar parte del archivo digital de México y para su participación en la exposición respectivamente.



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