The symposium “Territorios; new architecture, landscape, urban and regional design in Chile “sponsored by the Master of Urban Design groups and hosted by ED 261 and Professors Linda Jewell, Director of the Group and Architecture faculty member René Davids, will with the participation of five faculty members of the Chilean Universidad del Desarrollo and various faculty member from the College of Environmental Design will critically review some of the architecture and design developing in Chile.
Chileans have adapted their buildings to tolerate the demands of nature that includes a seismically prone and an extremely rough topography featuring a narrow longitudinal valley between the tall Andes mountains and the lower coastal chain and a climate that at its northern and southern ends alternatively; the driest desert in the world and one of the coldest and most fragmented and coldest world territories in the south. These extraordinary conditions make the country uniquely beautiful and a challenging environment to work in, but a vigorous economy that is about to take the country out of the developing to the developed world have created favorable condition for a what is an effervescent climate and the most creative period in the environmental design practices in the country’s history.
Oscar Mackenney Poblete graduated from the Pontificia Universidad catolica de Chile where he also taucht and held several administrative positions and is currently Vice Dean of the School of Art and Architecture at the Universidad del Desarrollo. A practicing architect he is also working on an edited book on the "Crucial Waters", together with faculty from the School of Architecture of Universidad del Desarrollo, Santiago and Concepción.
Pablo Allard is Dean at the Faculty of Architecture and Arts of UNIVERSIDAD DEL DESARROLLO in Santiago and Concepción. He is currently principal partner at URBANICA architecture and urban intelligence, director at PATAGONIA SUR, dedicated to conservation and sustainable development in Chilean Patagonia, and NUEVA VIA consultants, focused on the development of transportation infrastructure projects. Allard was a founding member of the "Do-Tank" ELEMENTAL, and participated in the post 2010 Chile earthquake reconstruction processes as National Coordinator for Urban Reconstruction at the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development in Chile. Alongside his academic and professional work, he is a columnist for the newspaper "La Tercera", board member of the National Council for Culture and the Arts CNCA and a member of the Presidential Commission for Urban Mobility
Claudia Onate graduated from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Santiago and did her graduate studies at - Boston, EEUU the BAC Boston Architectural College. Onate lived in Boston USA for nine years working in architectural offices such as AD+D where she helped winning in 1990 the Competiton for the Design of park San Giuliano across Venice, Italy. She is currently in private practice and teaches at the Universidad del desarrollo in Santiago de Chile.
Xaviera Gleixner Langdon was born in Munich, Germany. Founder and partner of GA, graduated with honors as an Architect at the Universidad del Desarrollo in Santiago - Chile, winning the award for the best Bachelor´s Degree Thesis of her generation. Since 2009 she teaches at the Faculty of Architecture of the Universidad del Desarrollo in Santiago, where she currently is a Professor. In 2012 she won the Best Teacher Award in the School of Architecture. She is currently participating in "Diploma in Management Product Development and Design" at the Universidad del Desarrollo in Santiago