Early Experiments in Rethinking Architectural Practice - Webinar

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    Thursday, March 4 2021

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AIA|DC and LA.IDEA are pleased to host Nicolás Delgado Alcega, an emerging practitioner, teaching, practicing, and publishing with a commitment to architecture as a discipline that can tangibly affect socio-economic and political conditions.

During this webinar, Delgado Alcega will explore the growing divide between academia and the profession, and the challenges this poses for a generation generally skeptical of the impact they can have by participating in conventional forms of architectural practice. 

Architecture, at least in places strongly affected by the Western tradition since the Renaissance, has implied a form of practice that is both an intellectual search and a form of craftsmanship. As the discipline in the United States has inched away from the latter for decades, the profession has struggled to retain the former in a fast-paced economy. This has left young professionals struggling to reconcile with the discipline’s foundational myth and led established firms to explore new models that allow them to retain a new generation of talent. In the context of these issues, Delgado Alcega will share a series of built and ongoing infill-housing projects in Miami that he has been developing collaboratively with a group of young practitioners. He will discuss the group’s experience finding creative ways to structure projects in order to
test architectural and development models that can make a different contribution to Miami’s pressing urban challenges. Delgado Alcega will also touch on how lessons from this experience have informed the way his practice is now pursuing projects with larger scope in diverse contexts.

Presenter Bio:

Nicolás Delgado Alcega is involved in teaching, practice and publishing. He is a principal of Alliata / Alcega, a design and research studio based in Rome, and a Lecturer the University of Washington's College of Built Environments. Delgado Alcega is also a founding editor of ​Pairs,​ a journal dedicated to conversations with designers, academics and activists involved in issues of the built environment, published by the Harvard Graduate School of Design. His work across these fields tackles the ways in which architecture’s reflexive capacity can best affect the social, political and economic phenomena transforming cities and towns today. Delgado Alcega received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Miami and a Master in Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He previously worked in an architecture and urban design practice, a graphic design studio, an archaeological excavation, and a filmmaking atelier.

Learning Objectives:

  • Investigate how architecture can tangibly affect socio-economic and political conditions.
  • Discuss different ways architectural projects can disrupt with convention.
  • Explore the differences between the architecture practice and academia.
  • Identify ways in which design can act as both an intellectual and practical tool.