Sofia von Ellrichshausen and Mauricio Pezo: Selfsame

Department of Architecture Spring 2009 Lecture Series

Pezo von Ellrichshausen Architects was founded in Buenos Aires in 2001 by Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen. They currently work in Concepcion, Chile, crossing production between art and architecture. The firm’s built work includes XYZ Pavilion and 120 Doors Pavilion, the houses Rivo, Poli, Wolf, Parr, and Fosc, and several public art projects. Under construction projects are Pael house in Concepcion and Hema studio in Buenos Aires. They are developing residential projects in Chile, Portugal, and Spain. The office has been awarded the Best Work of Young Architects Prize at the V Iberoamerican Biennial, the Architectural Quality Prize at the XV Chilean Architecture Biennial, and a Commended Prize at the AR Awards for Emerging Architecture. Pezo von Ellrichshausen has been curating and designing the recent Chilean Pavilion at the 11th Architecture Exhibition at La Biennale di Venezia. Their work has been shown in several exhibitions including the Building, Dwelling, Thinking exhibition at the IVAM in Valencia; Made in Chile at the University of Texas School of Architecture; Chilean Architects in Belgrade at the Museum of Applied Arts of Belgrade; and Visions of Latin American Architecture in El Museo del Barrio in New York. Their work has been compiled in several books and magazines such as Domus, A+U, Detail, Architectural Record, and Architectural Review. Pezo completed a master of architecture at the Catholic University of Chile and graduated from the University of Bio-Bio with a degree in architecture. He teaches in Chile at the Bio-Bio University’s School of Architecture and at Talca University. Sofia von Ellrichshausen graduated from the University of Buenos Aires with a degree in architecture. She teaches in Chile at Talca University’s School of Architecture.

Pezo and von Ellrichshausen are Department of Architecture Baird Visiting Critics.