Pablo Castro: Hexameter, by OBRA Architects

Cornell in Rome Spring 2013 Lecture Series

OBRA Architects was founded by Pablo Castro and Jennifer Lee in 2000 in New York City. Last year marked the opening of their second office in Beijing with a smaller outpost in Seoul. Their practice and their work seek to challenge and expand the range of metaphors in which architecture finds its meaning. Castro's design direction at OBRA has produced a body of award-winning projects including four AIANY Design Awards and two Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Awards. He is a 2006 NYFA Fellow in Architecture/Environmental Structures and a 2003 Society of Architectural Historians de Montëquin Senior Fellow. He is a 2012 Rome Prize winner. OBRA is the 2006 Winner of the PS1 MoMA Young Architects Program and one of the 2005 Architectural League Emerging Voices. Recently completed works include a museum interior in Beijing, a weekend retreat in Southampton, New York, and a house in Costa Rica. They have expanded their international reach with projects in early planning stages in China, including a large primary school campus with library, dormitories and a kindergarten, scheduled to begin construction in 2013.

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