Alejandro Zaera-Polo: Envelopes

Department of Architecture Spring 2009 Lecture Series

Alejandro Zaera-Polo cofounded Foreign Office Architects (FOA) with Farshid Moussavi in 1995. FOA's award-winning built projects include the Spanish Pavilion at the Aichi International Expo; a large coastal park with outdoor auditoriums in Barcelona; Torrevieja Municipal Theatre and Auditorium; La Rioja Technology Transfer Centre in Logroño, Spain; Carabanchel Social Housing in Madrid; the John Lewis anchor building for the New Shires Development in Leicester, England; Istanbul’s Meydan Retail Center; the Dulnyouk Publishing Headquarters in Paju, South Korea; and the multi-award winning Yokohama International Cruise Terminal in Japan. Zaera-Polo currently holds the Berlage Chair in the Technical University of Delft, the Netherlands. Prior to this role, he served as the dean of the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam, was the unit master at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, and has been a visiting professor at UCLA, Columbia University, Princeton University, the School of Architecture in Madrid, and the Yokohama School of Architecture. He has been an advisor to several committees including the Quality Commission for Architecture in Barcelona and the Advisory Committee for Urban Development in Madrid. He is a member of the Urban Age Think Tank of the London School of Economics. El Croquis, Quaderns, A+U, Arch+, Harvard Design Magazine feature his work, and he has contributed to numerous publications, like “The Endless City” curated by Ricky Burdett and Deyan Sudjic.

Alejandro Zaera-Polo is the Edgar A. Tafel Distinguished Lecturer in the Department of Architecture.