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Maestro de Arquitectura Lecture: Hernan Diaz Alonso

LA.IDEA|DC and AIA|DC are pleased to announce the 2019 Maestros de Arquitectura Lecture featuring Argentine-American Architect Hernan Diaz Alonso, SCI-Arc Director/CEO.

Diaz Alonso was named by DesignIntelligence as one of their 25 Most Admired Educators for 2018-2019 and won the American Academy of Arts and Letters Architecture Award in 2019. His architectural designs have been featured in exhibitions at the Venice Architecture Biennale, the London Architecture Biennale, and ArchiLab in Orleans, France, as well as included in exhibitions at such leading museums as the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA); the Art Institute of Chicago; and MAK Centre, Vienna.

About the series:

Maestros de Arquitectura is a unique lecture series created to recognize renowned Latin American architects for their professional accomplishments and personal journeys as Latinos succeeding in the US and around the world.

A pre-lecture Tertulia—an intimate 45-minute conversation with Hernan Diaz will take place from 5:30pm-6:15pm. This pre-lecture is in Spanish and separate registration is required. To register, please click here.

Presented by: Hernan Diaz Alonso

Hernan Diaz Alonso assumed the role of SCI-Arc director beginning in the 2015 academic year. SCI-Arc is a world-renowned center of innovation and one of the nation's few independent architecture schools, located in the Arts District of Los Angeles. Diaz Alonso has been a distinguished faculty member since 2001, serving in several leadership roles. In 2018, Diaz Alonso ranked amongst the top 25 Most Admired Educators by DesignIntelligence Rankings.

In parallel to his role at SCI-Arc, Diaz Alonso is principal of the Los Angeles–based architecture office HDA-x (formerly Xefirotarch). His multidisciplinary practice is praised for its work at the intersection of design, animation, interactive environments, and radical architectural explorations. In 2005 he was the winner of MoMA PS1’s Young Architects Program (YAP) competition, and in 2012 he received the Educator of the Year award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He won the 2013 AR+D Award for Emerging Architecture and a 2013 Progressive Architecture Award for his design of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Pavilion/Museum in Patagonia, Argentina.

Diaz Alonso’s architectural designs have been featured in exhibitions at the Venice Architecture Biennale, the London Architecture Biennale, and ArchiLab in Orleans, France, as well as included in exhibitions at such leading museums as the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA); the Art Institute of Chicago; and MAK Centre, Vienna. The work has been widely published in magazines, journals, and books, including the Excessive monograph of Xefirotarch. The office is currently working on a new monograph to be published by Thames and Hudson. Diaz Alonso’s work is in the permanent collections of the FRAC Centre, Orleans, France; SFMOMA; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Thyssen-Bornemisza, the MAK Museum, Vienna; and the Art Institute of Chicago.


After attending this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explore the role of the architect in providing radically new responses to the real needs and aspirations of today's world;
  • Discuss how the practice of architecture and art, science, and industry converge, and new futures unfold;
  • Describe how the evolution of architecture is interacting with evolving technology; and
  • Explain and identify ways in which design can transform our world.