Alejandro Aravena – Futuna Lecture Series 2015

Futuna Concert Series 2015 FlyerIn March 2015 the Friends of Futuna Charitable Trust is proud to be hosting Alejandro Aravena as he gives lectures in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch as the guest speaker for the 2015 Futuna Lecture Series.

To purchase tickets please follow these links to the Dash Tickets website:

Auckland Lecture, Wednesday 25 March 2015
Christchurch Lecture, Thursday 26 March 2015
Wellington Lecture, Sunday 29 March 2015

The Trust is delighted that Alejandro Aravena of ELEMENTAL in Santiago Chile is our guest lecturer in 2015.  Alejandro has been a member of the Pritzker Prize Jury since 2009.  This prize is regarded internationally as the ‘Nobel” prize for Architecture.  This year it was awarded to Shigeru Ban best known in NZ for the temporary Cathedral in Christchurch.  Alejandro has also been awarded the Silver Lion of the Venice Biennale (2008) and the Index Award in Denmark (2011) and has taught architecture at Harvard University. His work was exhibited at MoMA in 2010 and at the Whitney Museum in 2011, and he has been included in the Pompidou collection.

Alejandro has been named one of the 20 new heroes of the world by
Monocle magazine and the recipient of the Marcus Prize 2009, celebrating
young architects of outstanding promise and talent. His architecture is described in the book WHITE MOUNTAIN  – Architecture in Chile as essential and rigorous in the way he uses materials “exposed concrete,  wood, glass, steel, masonry, copper and stone are composed, coupled, and superimposed, achieving aesthetic, functional and formal solutions that are strongly original”.  Alejandro has “helped place contemporary Chilean architecture in the international discourse of the discipline”.

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Children’s Workshop Vitra

His work includes buildings for Universidad Catolica (Mathematics School, Medical School, Architecture School, Siamese Towers for Digital Technology and more recently the Angelini Innovation Center), St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas, a Children Workshop and Chairless for Vitra, a building for Novartis in their new campus in China, the Metropolitan Promenade and Children’s Park in Santiago, the reconstruction of the city of Constitucion after the 2010 earthquake, the redesign of the Copper mining town of Calama and a wide range of social housing projects in Chile and abroad starting in 2004 with Quinta Monroy, the first case following the principles established by Elemental for incremental housing.

Alejandro is a sought after speaker – in a few short months his TED talk My architectural philosophy? Bring the community into the process has been viewed over 780,000 times.

Alejandro will give the first lecture of the Futuna Lecture Series 2015 in Auckland at the Auckland Art Gallery auditorium on Wednesday 25th March, followed by Christchurch on Thursday 26th March and then at Futuna Chapel in Wellington on Sunday 29th March.  There will be CPD points for registered architects.

This event is the largest annual fundraising event for the Trust and would not be possible without the support of the following:

Architectural Profiles Ltd The Warren Trust



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NZ Institute of Architects
Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington

The Trust is grateful for this support in helping to bring this unique lecture series to NZ for the 5th  year running.

Further reading about Alejandro Aravena: