Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen: Spatial Structure

Inverted pagoda house at dusk with lights on inside
Nida house, Navidad, Chile, 2016. photo / Pezo von Ellrichshausen
Landscape folly: a green-blue labyrinth of overlapping circles
Vara Pavilion, XV Venice Architecture Biennale, Venice, 2016, by Pezo von Ellrichshausen. photo / Pezo von Ellrichshausen
Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen in front of an audience in a stepped auditorium
Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen during their introduction in the Abby and Howard Milstein Auditorium. William Staffeld / AAP
the backs of Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen
Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen prepare to lecture. William Staffeld / AAP
Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen
Sofia von Ellrichshausen with Mauricio Pezo presenting their work. William Staffeld / AAP
Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen at a lectern with computers and microphones
Sofia von Ellrichshausen sharing work from the Pezo and von Ellrichshausen studio. William Staffeld / AAP

Pezo von Ellrichshausen is an art and architecture studio founded in 2002 by Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen. They live and work in the southern Chilean city of Concepción. They currently teach at the Universidad Católica in Santiago and at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago and have also taught at the Universidad del Bío-Bío, the University of Texas at Austin, and at Cornell University. Among other venues, they have lectured at the Tate Modern, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Alvar Aalto Symposium, and Harvard GSD. In 2008 they were the curators of the Chilean Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Their work has been distinguished with the Mies Crown Hall Americas Emerge Prize from the Illinois Institute of Technology's College of Architecture, the Rice Design Alliance Prize, the Iberoamerican Architecture Biennial Award, and the Chilean Architecture Biennial Award. The work of the studio has been widely published and edited in monographic issues of A+U in Tokyo, 2G in Barcelona, and ARQ in Santiago; exhibited at the Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition and the Royal Academy of Arts in London; and is part of the permanent collection at MoMA in New York City. Pezo completed a master's in architecture at the Universidad Católica and a degree in architecture at the Universidad del Bío-Bío. He was awarded the Young Architect Prize by the Chilean Architects Association and the Municipal Art Prize by the Concepción City Hall. von Ellrichshausen holds a degree in architecture from the Universidad de Buenos Aires where she was distinguished with an honors diploma from the Facultad de Arquitectura Diseño y Urbanismo.


Through a selection of houses, pavilions, and paintings, Pezo von Ellrichshausen will introduce their understanding of architecture as a coherent complex and their belief in its potential to become a profound form of knowledge — an artificial device that promotes an intense experience of the world, a particular way of seeing it, and, eventually, an extended understanding about something else. "Spatial Structure" is the name of a long essay published together with a selection of axonometric projections. It is a personal universe without references, concepts, or metaphors — a rather romantic attempt to articulate simple but severe rooms for an idealized remote location.