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Lorena del Río appointed Tenure Track Assistant Professor at Cooper Union

Lorena del Río appointed Tenure Track Assistant Professor at Cooper Union

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“The Faculty Committee was looking for individuals who could both speak to Cooper culture, while also imagining different ways of extending and transforming it into a new era,” Nader Tehrani, dean of the school of architecture, says. “Given the lack of full time designers on the faculty, the idea was also to tap into practicing architects who had other interests that could be supportive of seminars and allied intellectual work.”

Lorena del Rio exemplifies that multi-disciplinary approach. Born, raised and educated in Madrid, she co-founded RICA* studio, along with Iñaqui Carnicero, which has offices in Spain and New York City. She also taught for four years at Cornell University prior to coming to The Cooper Union. “What originally drew me to architecture was the idea that an architect can never work in isolation,” del Rio says. “I’m especially interested in an interdisciplinary approach to design where architecture, art and material research meet to investigate architecture’s psychological affect and its capacity to promote emotional wellbeing.”

In a recent example, the English for Fun Centre in Madrid needed to represent the center’s goal of using teaching methods that use the five senses. To foster this, RICA* designed “inhabitable,” modular dividing walls in a sunny yellow hue that stores all furniture and objects as well as being a play space on a scale for children. “Design can be a powerful tool to shape cognition and experience,” del Rio says. “Beyond design, Professor del Rio’s work on building technologies made her an ideal candidate to contribute to courses that could integrate material thinking, environmental systems and systems of production within the design studio,” Nader Tehrani says.

Professor del Rio has plans for her approach at the school. “My goal is to blend what I learned in Europe with my experience in American academia in a pedagogical approach that integrates the best of both worlds. I am thrilled to be part of such a legendary institution as Cooper Union, and participate of the unique spirit of their faculty and students.”

Iñaqui Carnicero invited to Tulane University Lecture Series 2017

Iñaqui Carnicero invited to Tulane University Lecture Series 2017

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  • Monday, January 23, 2017 – 6:00pm
  • Room 201 Richardson Memorial Hall (Thomson Hall)
  • Evolving Practice Lecture Series Poster
  • Carnicero Lecture Poster

A reception will be held prior to the lecture in the Favrot Lobby at 5pm. The lecture will begin at 6pm. This event is free and open to the public. AIA credits will be offered for this lecture.

The Uncertain Future Life of Our Buildings

Iñaqui Carnicero is an architect and educator. His academic experience includes 12 years of teaching at E.T.S.A.M. and 4 years at Cornell University as the Gensler Visiting Professor and as a Visiting Assistant Professor. Since 2012, he has also run the office Rica Studio with partner Lorena del Rio.

He was recently awarded with the Golden Lion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 as co-director of the Spanish Pavilion for the design and the curation of the exhibition ”Unfinished.” Carnicero has won several international competitions and completed projects, including CEU Polytechnic University, Social housing in Vallecas 29, a High School in Albacete, the restoration of an Arab tower in Guadalajara, Hangar 16 Matadero-Madrid at the former Slaughterhouse of Madrid, and the Pitch´s house.

His work has been recognized with the AIANY Housing Award 2015, Design Vanguard Award 2012, Hauser Award 2012, Emerging Architecture Award Architectural Record 2011, Rome Prize at the Royal Spanish Academy 2009, COAM Award 2012, FAD Architecture and Public Opinion Award 2012 and shortlisted for the BSI University of Mendrisio 2007.

He has also been the director of “Symmetries,” an architecture platform that relates Roman and contemporary strategies in the city. His Ph.D. dissertation focuses on Louis Kahn and Robert Venturi’s discoveries and connections with Rome.