Sandra Barclay and Jean Pierre Crousse follow the traces of Alexander Von Humboldt, the first European to realize that the section, and not the plan, is the only way to understand the central Andes region. This journey from the barren landscapes of the desert coast through the steep Mountain range into the Amazon jungle helped them rethink the region’s challenges from its geography and understand it from a design point of view.
Their practice explores the bonds between landscape, climate, and architecture to challenge common notions about technology, usage, and well-being that can inform and be pertinent in a global context from their specific conditions. The topological approach of their buildings combines resolutely contemporary architecture with a careful and open-minded search for the meaningful local conditions that root them in Peruvian society.
ABOUT SANDRA BARCLAY
Sandra Barclay was formed as an architect in Lima and Paris. She obtained a Master’s degree in Landscape and Territory at the UDP, Chile. She received the Doctor Honoris Causa degree from the University of Piura, Peru, 2018. She currently teaches at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Perú (PUCP). Her academic experience includes a 16-year tenure as Associate Professor at the PUCP (2006-present), and visiting professor at Yale School of Architecture (2019 and 2021) and at University of Virginia UVA (2020). She has received the 2018 Woman in Architecture Award from the London-based Architects’ Journal and Architectural Review. She has been a member of the jury for the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, 2021, and the 6th International Lafarge Holcim Awards, 2020. She is a foreign member of the French Académie d’Architecture and Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Sandra was co-curator, along with Jean Pierre Crousse, of the Peruvian Pavilion at the 15th Venice Biennale, 2016, which obtained the Jury’s Special Mention.
ABOUT JEAN PIERRE CROUSSE
Jean Pierre Crousse was formed as an architect in Lima and Milan. He obtained a Master’s degree in Landscape and Territory at the UDP, Chile. He is currently the Director of the Master Program in Architecture at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru (PUCP). His academic experience includes a 6-year experience teaching at the Paris-Belleville School of Architecture (1999-2006), a 16-year tenure as Associate Professor at the PUCP (2006-present), and visiting professor as Design Critic at Harvard GSD (2015), at Yale School of Architecture (2019 and 2021) and at University of Virginia UVA (2020). He has been a Curatorial advisor for Peru, for the MoMA exhibition “Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980”, 2015, and member of the jury for the MCHAP Prize, Chicago, 2016. He is a foreign member of the French Académie d’Architecture. Jean Pierre was co-curator, along with Sandra Barclay, of the Peruvian Pavilion at the 15th Venice Biennale, 2016, which obtained the Jury’s Special Mention. He is the author of “Landscape in Central Andes” (PUCP, 2020) and editor of “Urban Black Holes” (PCP, 2017).
ABOUT BARCLAY & CROUSSE ARCHITECTURE
Co-founded by Sandra and Jean Pierre in Paris in 1994, Barclay & Crousse Architecture was established in Lima in 2006. The practice has been awarded the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize 2018, the Oscar Niemeyer Prize 2016, the Peruvian National Prize of Architecture in 2014 and 2018, and the Latin America Prize 2013, given by the International Committee of Architectural Critics (CICA), among other international prizes. Their work has been published worldwide and was part of the main exhibition at the 16th Venice Biennale, 2018.