Pezo and von Ellrichshausen Join Architecture Faculty as Professors of the Practice

December 11, 2018

Mauricio Pezo and Sofía von Ellrichshausen have been hired in a shared three-year appointment as associate professors of the practice in architecture, beginning January 1, 2019.

Pezo and von Ellrichshausen are the principals of the art and architecture firm Pezo von Ellrichshausen based in Concepción, Chile. In their practice, the pair sees architecture as a "coherent complex" having the 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." They teach regularly in Chile, have taught at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, and have been visiting professors at the University of Texas at Austin, as well as guest lecturers at Cornell AAP, the Tate Modern, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Pezo and von Ellrichshausen curated the Chilean Pavilion at the 2008 Venice Biennale of Architecture, and their studio work has been honored 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, among others. An extensive list of exhibitions includes a permanent collection at MoMA in New York City. Their built work often features monolithic towers and stacked or interlocking geometric volumes.

Pezo completed a master's in architecture at the Universidad Catolica de Chile (Santiago, 1998) and a degree in architecture at the Universidad del Bio-Bio (Concepción, 1999). He was awarded the Young Architect Prize by the Chilean Architects Association in 2006, and the Municipal Art Prize by the Concepción City Hall in 2013. 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. Their firm was established in 2002 in Concepción, Chile.

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