Pep Avilés is a historian, architect, and educator currently pursuing a doctoral degree at Princeton University. He holds a diploma in Architecture and a Masters degree in the history and theory of art and architecture from the School of Architecture in Barcelona (Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona – U.P.C.), and a Master in Arts from Princeton University. He also studied at the Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan in Stockholm and as Visiting Scholar at Columbia University. Avilés taught previously at Princeton University, Columbia University, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, and the Barcelona Institute of Architecture where he was appointed Head of Graduate Studies to design, coordinate and supervise the Master’s curriculum. He is the 2012 recipient of the Collection Research Grant at the Canadian Center for Architecture in Montreal and the 2012-2013 Harold W. Dodds Fellow at Princeton University.
His dissertation, The Rhetoric Countenance: Industry, History, Ornament (1947-1961), explores the relation between material production and discourse in professional practice. Spinning around issues raised by new technologies and materials, the research concentrates in the specific forms that ornament took after the Second World War within modern architecture. His academic work has been published in journals such as Footprint, Abitare, Volume i Quaderns d’Architectura i Urbanisme among others, and presented at conferences at the Institute of Fine Arts in New York, the school of architecture and urbanism in Sao Paolo (FAUS), and the Université de Montréal. He is the editor of the Spanish translation of Sigfried Ebeling’s Der Raum als Membran (1926), forthcoming in the Fall 2013.
Avilés is also the co-founder of The Fautory, a collaborative architecture platform that investigates and interrogates the social, political and material conditions of architecture within the urban context. His work as an architect received several national and international recognitions (Europan 2001) and has been published in international magazines such as Bauwelt. He also worked as a senior architect in the office of Herzog & de Meuron in Basel and coordinated the design and construction phases of buildings designed by David Chipperfield and Toyo Ito in the city of Barcelona.