The School of Architecture and Urban Studies is an academic unit within the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella conceived to stimulate, renew, and transmit the knowledge of the theories and practices of architecture and urban studies.
It is a flexible, dynamic and open organism, that tries to capture the quick changes of our times, while reflecting on the values that allow to decide about its convenience, and promote academic actions that contribute to improve the public and private spaces in the country.
Witnessing the inception of a School of Architecture is a unique experience.
The School of Architecture and Urban Studies of the Di Tella University in Buenos Aires is — under the direction of Jorge Francisco Liernur — currently undergoing its birth. Having completed the third year of existence in 2009, the first graduated architects will obtain their diplomas in 2011 — after a five-year graduate program. One of the goals of the School is to reinforce the learning of the discipline across all the different courses with the same degree of importance. Design Studio shall not occupy the central core of the school but it is just another -important- class that contributes to the learning of the architectural thinking as the intersection between every course.
Studio, theory and technology courses are taught by outstanding architects and practitioners.
The following selection of projects seeks to provide a cross section sample of some courses that undertake design problems, techniques, and theory from their own perspective. These initial projects of the three first years of the school deal with simple starting points and tasks that achieve complexity through the process.
Nevertheless, the selection for this publication tried to detect the projects (or sequences of short projects) that succeeded to promote discussion about disciplinary issues rather than to arrive to fully developed and known solutions.
STUDENTS | PROJECTS
Edita Aurelia Alvarado & María Honoria Perearnau | Triangulation/Ribs
Lucrecia Bakir, Ana Luz Dardik, Chiara Gibertoni, Ines Lobos, Andrea Real & Florencia Romaniello | Small / Large Inflatables
Maria Luz Crescini & Guido Gastaldi | Computer Models II
Carla Laguzzi, Armando Agustín Negri, Josefina de Paul, María Luz Rodríguez, Ignacio Mussi Tiscornia & Carolina Wundes | The Room
María Magnasco | A Lot with Little
Diego Arraigada is a Professor at the Escuela de Arquitectura y Estudios Urbanos of the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Buenos Aires, and at the Facultad de Arquitectura de la Universidad Abierta Interamericana in Rosario. He graduated in Architecture from the Facultad de Arquitectura, Planeamiento y Diseño de la Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Argentina, in 1999 and received his Master in Architecture in 2003 from the School of Architecture & Urban Design, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). He established his office, Diego Arraigada Arquitecto, in 2005. Along with Johnston Marklee he develops residential projects, and along with Juan Manuel Rois he develops urban and landscape projects.