Julian Palacio

Visiting Professor

Julián Palacio (b. Bogotá, Colombia) is a licensed architect and Visiting Professor in the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union. He received a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University (New York), and a Bachelor of Architecture from the Universidad Javeriana (Bogotá).

Palacio is the founder of JP/A, an architecture and design office based in New York City. The work of the studio ranges across different scales, from buildings and interiors, to furniture and installations. Current projects include the design of an artist retreat in the outskirts of the city of Bogotá, Colombia, a private residence in Dakar, Senegal, and a master plan for a waterfront site in Shelter Island, NY. Before establishing his independent practice, Palacio worked with TEN Arquitectos, in New York, and Boston-based Office dA, where he coordinated and participated in a number of award-wining projects and competitions in the United States, Asia and Latin America.

In addition to his professional practice, Palacio has been named a MacDowell Fellow by the MacDowell Colony for the creative arts, and has been awarded the Deborah J. Norden Fellowship from the Architectural League of New York for a proposal to investigate the innovative ceramic structures of the Uruguayan engineer Eladio Dieste. Through his research, he continues to explore the possibilities for materials and structure to produce alternative vocabularies in architecture, including their role in the articulation and figuration of collective spaces.

Palacio was previously a Visiting Critic in the Department of Architecture at Cornell University from 2013 to 2017, where he taught design studios and research seminars in the undergraduate and graduate programs. He was also the organizer of the Preston H. Thomas Memorial Symposium and Exhibition Chronicles of the South: Architecture for the City, which examined the agency of architecture, urbanism and politics in the revitalization of cities in Colombia. Palacio has been a guest speaker at various institutions and an invited juror for design reviews at MIT, Columbia University, UPenn, and Pratt Institute, among others.

See Julián Palacio's full CV here.

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