Javier Galindo: The Designed Fragment

Work by Javier Galindo

Cornell in Rome Fall 2016 Lecture Series

Javier Galindo (M.Arch. '11) was born in Havana, Cuba in 1980. He is the founder of JGCH, an architecture and design studio in New York City. Galindo is the recipient of the Rome Prize in Architecture from the American Academy in Rome and the winner of the KPF Traveling Fellowship.

Prior to forming JGCH, Galindo worked as an associate principal and senior designer at Kohn Pedersen Fox, an international architecture office. His professional experience includes several large-scale national and international urban projects ranging from super-tall high-rises to mixed-use masterplans. His previous professional work included time at Oppenheim Architecture Office in Miami, and McCall Design Group in San Francisco.

Galindo received a master's of architecture from Cornell University, where he was the recipient of the Best Thesis Prize, and a bachelor's of architecture from Florida International University in Miami.


Though the fragment is the inevitable and primary state in the mortality of all objects, it fails to be positioned as a positive element or conscious response in contemporary architectural expression. This lecture will focus on the intentionally created or designed fragment, as opposed to the type which is received, encountered, or accidentally made. Spanning from the early Christian reliquary to artificial ruin-making in the 18th century, Galindo will aim to discover how the fragment, with its intensity and allegorical power, can be positioned and introduced as a valid aesthetic response. Through a series of projects and case studies, he will aim to build a new sensitivity to the decayed, the morseled, and the incomplete in contemporary design.

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