Antón García-Abril: The Big Bang
Department of Architecture Fall 2013 Lecture Series - Glanzer-Curtis Family Lecture
Antón García-Abril is a professor at the School of Architecture and Planning of MIT and is currently developing a second doctoral thesis about "Stressed Mass" at the School of Civil Engineering of the Polytechnic University of Barcelona. In 2000, he established ENSAMBLE STUDIO, with his partner Débora Mesa, which is a cross-functional team with researching new approaches to architectonical space, building technologies, and urban strategies. Their built projects are exposed structures that explore the essence of materials to create space. He cofounded with Débora Mesa the Positive City Foundation in 2009, with the aim of forwarding their views on urban development, and they are in the process of setting up a research laboratory the Prototypes of Prefabrication Laboratory at MIT. The studio's built work includes the Music Studies Center and the SGAE Central Office in Santiago de Compostela, the Martemar House in Malaga, the Hemeroscopium House in Madrid, the Truffle in Costa da Morte (Spain), and more recently the Reader's House in Madrid and the Cervantes Theater in Mexico. The studio received the Rice Design Alliance Prize in 2009 and the Architectural Record Design Vanguard Prize in 2005. In 2012, García-Abril was elected an International Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for his services to international architecture, and was a curator of the Spanish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale presenting "Spainlab". He received his Ph.D. from the School of Architecture of the Polytechnic University of Madrid, where he taught for a decade. García-Abril has been a visiting critic and lecturer at several universities including Harvard GSD and AAP.