Portland State University School of Architecture welcomes architect Urtzi Grau as Distinguished Visiting Professor for Winter 2018. Urtzi Grau will be in residency February 4 – 10, 2018, where he will work with first-year Master of Architecture students in a graduate design studio course taught by Assistant Professor of Practice Andrew Santa Lucia.
Grau is an architect, director of the Master of Architectural Research at University of Technology Sydney and co-founder of Fake Industries Architectural Agonism, an architecture office that has received the AIA New York New Practices Award, has been shortlisted in the MoMA PS1 and the Miami Design pavilions, was finalist the Guggenheim Helsinki Competition, and represented Australia in the Chicago Architectural Biennial. The office has recently completed the Superphosphates! Masterplan in Cáceres and the OE House in Barcelona. Grau graduated from the School of Architecture of Barcelona in 2000, was awarded Master in Advanced Architectural Design by Columbia University in 2004, and is currently completing his Ph.D. at Princeton University on the 1970s urban renewal of Barcelona. He has previously taught at Cooper Union, Princeton University, Columbia University, Cornell University, and Rice University School of Architecture. His work and writings have been published in various international journals such as AV, Bawelt, Domus, Kerb, Log, Plot, Praxis, Spam, Volume, and White Zinfandel and exhibited in la Bienal de Buenos Aires, P! Gallery, RMIT Design Hub, Shenzhen Biennale, Storefront, the Venice Biennale and 0047.
His CPID Talk will focus on the public processes informing his innovative design work in Medellin, Colombia.
Urtzi Grau is one of three Distinguished Visiting Professors at the School of Architecture during the 2017-2018 academic year, with Leni Schwendinger (Fall 2017) and Ipek Türeli (Spring 2018).