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The XX Architecture and Urbanism Biennial is an initiative of the Colegio de Arquitectos de Chile in collaboration with the Association of Architecture Offices and the Network of Architecture and Urbanism Schools in Chile.

Considering the ‘unpostponable’ from within architecture and urbanism presents us with an urgency to work with those who reside in the margins and who have not seen their necessities and aspirations reflected in their urban environment. It is fundamental to generate a dialogue between the different forces that shape our cities, establish a connection with other countries of the global south countries and include in the discussion everybody who have been postponed throughout history.

The invitation is therefore for a Biennial that is not only commemorative but also provocative, a stimulation to take action. It will not be limited to the exhibition of projects and investigations that already exists, presenting also new developments; it will not be an enclosed disciplinary encounter, but instead, open to the city with its new forms of dialogue and interaction. It will not end with its closing date but will transcend through propositions, projects and actions that arise from it.

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The Colegio de Arquitectos de Chile made a public call for the roles of curator and team for the 20th edition of the Architecture Biennial 2017. The winning team is composed by Chilean and International architects and presents disciplinary diversity, with professionals from academia, the public sector and urbanism among others.

Curatorial Team

Felipe Vera
General Curator and Executive Director

Architect, graduated from Universidad de Chile (2009) with an MDes from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Director of Ecological Landscape and Urbanism Center of Design Lab UAI and Member of the Division of Urban Housing and Development of the Interamerican Bank of Development. He has curated international exhibitions such as the “Radical Temporalities” at the Shenzhen Biennial and “Does Permanence Matter” at the Venice Biennale. He is the author of a number of books, including Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral Mega City and Ephemeral Urbanism Cities in Constant Flux.

Rodrigo Tisi
Creative Director and Special Projects Curator

PhD in Performance Studies from NYU, also Architect with a Masters degree in Architecture from PUC of Chile. In academia he has been appointed as dean, director and professor. Tisi has been connected with the curatorial world since his project SCL2110 which has been exhibited in various events, among others, representing Chile at the Venice Biennial of Architecture and at the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design. Through his studio, MESS, he has done different professional projects related to Visual and Scenic Arts. Recently, he collaborated with the studio of Diller Scofidio + Renfro in New York. Tisi joined the DesignLab UAI in June 2016.

Jeanette Sordi
Academy and Research Curator

Architect PhD, graduated from University of Genoa (2013). Professor at the Adolfo Ibañez University, Researcher and Professor at the University of Genoa (2013-2014) and has been Visiting Researcher at Leibniz University Hanover (2014), and Visiting PhD candidate at Harvard Graduate School of Design (2011-2012). She has been the coordinator of various investigation projects in Italy, Germany, China and Chile, and is the author of a number of books.

Pablo Navarrete
Public Sector Curator

Architect, graduated from Universidad de Chile, received a Masters in Urban Politics from the Institute de Sciences Politiques de Paris (SciencesPo) and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from London School of Economics (LSE). He worked at the Atelier Jean Nouvel in Paris and is currently the Executive Secretary of the Corporación Más Progreso and a Professor at the Universidad San Sebastián.

Pola Mora
Practitioners Curator

Architect and Master in Cultural Management, graduated from Universidad de Chile. Since 2003 she has participated in various curatorial projects that look to promote contemporary Latin American architecture, and is currently Editor in Chief of ArchDaily.

José Mayoral
Academy and Research Curator

Architect, graduated from University of Seville (2010), received a Masters in Architecture from Harvard University (2014). He worked at Herzog and de Meuron in Basel (2010-2012) and has exhibited his work in MoMA and in the Venice Biennale. He is currently Professor at the Universidad Católica de Chile and in the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and a founding partner at PRÁCTICA.

Claudio Magrini
Activism and Valparaíso Territorialisation Curator

Architect, graduated from the Politécnico de Milán, received a Masters in Architecture at the Universidad Católica de Chile. Founding partner of Cancino & Magrini Architects and director of the Territory and Landscape Masters program of the Universidad Diego Portales, investigating different mechanisms of citizen participation in relation to territory and the city.

Miguel Cancino
Activism Curator

Architect, graduated from the Universidad La República, Chile. Founding partner of Cancino & Magrini Architects, an office dedicated to the development of architecture projects and the study and planning of landscape and territory, with a multidisciplinary focus combining principals of design, art and engineering.

International Members of the Curatorial Team

Belinda Tato

Gloria Cabral

José Luis Vallejo

Rahul Mehrotra

Solano Benítez


General Coordinator:

Carolina Sepúlveda

Production / Public Sector and Universities Coordinator:

Fernando Toro

Contents Editor:

Constanza Larach

Contents Coordinator:

Ignacia Acevedo

Valparaíso Territorialisation Coordinator:

René Reyes


León Duval, José Mayoral, Luis Felipe Venegas

Comunications & Media:

GRIETA – Sebastián Herrera


Piero Mangiamarchi, Diego Pinochet, Buendía, Sebastián Cuevas, Anton Knyphausen, Catalina Losada, Tomás Rodríguez, Blanca Valdés.

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For the second consecutive year Valparaíso will host the Architecture and Urbanism Biennial in its 20th edition, celebrating 40 years.




October 26 to November 10, 2017

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