Key Speaker

Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen

Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen established their art and architecture studio in Concepcion, southern Chile, in 2002. Subsequently, Pezo von Ellrichshausen has produced a number of works that attest to the practice’s interest in architecture as both intellectual pursuit and practical endeavour. Pavilions, exhibitions and installations form a significant component of Pezo von Ellrichshausen’s portfolio. In 2008, the studio curated the Chilean Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale and in 2016 again exhibited at Venice, this time at the invitation of the Biennale’s director, Alejandro Aravena. In 2014, Pezo von Ellrichshausen contributed to the Sensing Spaces exhibition at the Royal Academy, London, and to Conceptions of Space: Recent Acquisitions in Contemporary Architecture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

South American architects are noted for their mastery of concrete forms, and Pezo von Ellrichshausen has illustrated this regional trait in projects including The Poli House, Casa Guna and Casa Cien. Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen teach regularly at the Universidad Catolica in Santiago and at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), and have taught at the University of Texas and Cornell. They are winners of the 2014 IIT Mies Crown Hall Americas Emerge Prize, the 2012 Rice Design Alliance Prize, the 2006 V Iberoamerican Architecture Biennial Award, and the XV Chilean Architecture Biennial Award.

2016 Chicago Biennial interview