Lea Stagno: Reimagining Traditional Construction Techniques for a Contemporary Crisis

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From left: Tulor Village, Chile; Barichara Village, Colombia; and Munita Villa, Chile. photos / Lea Stagno (M.Arch.II '15)

The latest research from Venezuelan-born architect Lea Stagno (M.Arch.II '15) is driven by a unique crisis. In her home country, scarcity and hyperinflation have made it virtually impossible to build with conventional materials. With funding from the Eidlitz Fellowship, Stagno conducted a transcontinental survey of earth architecture techniques in South America, exploring their potential impact on Venezuela's housing crisis and their ability to meet contemporary living standards and the aesthetic demands of modern architectural design. The exhibition, comprised of photographs, videos, and original art, represents a starting point, an absorption, a synthesis, and a retelling of the vast world of earth architecture in South America.

Prior to completing her master's degree at Cornell, Stagno worked for 10 years as an architect in Miami and in Venezuela. After finishing her studies at AAP, she stayed on to teach Core Design Studio for the first-year B.Arch. program. Stagno is currently a senior designer at Morris Adjmi Architects in New York City.

Stagno completed this research with a Robert James Eidlitz Travel Fellowship from AAP.