Apéritif: Andrea Soto

DATE
Oct 23 2020 - 6:00pm

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For this Apéritif lecture, we welcome Andrea Soto of Atelier ARS, based in Guadalajara, Mexico. Atelier ARS is the architectural practice led by Alejandro Guerrero and Andrea Soto, who both graduated from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente [ITESO] in Guadalajara, and have been working together since 2010. Andrea Soto won the CEMEX Architect Marcelo Zambrano Scholarship through which she studied the Master in Landscape Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, graduating with distinction and obtaining a recognition from the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) for Academic excellence. Together, Soto and Guerrero have received the Emerging Voices award, given by The Architectural League of New York and the Design Vanguard from the Architectural Record magazine.

Their work has been nominated for the Mies Crown Hall America’s Prize that is granted by the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago and has been a finalist in the Ibero-American Architecture and Urbanism Biennial in Sao Paulo, Brasil. They have been lecturers at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard through the Latin GSD cycle and also guests’ critics for the final reviews. Some of their work became part of the Official Exhibition of Mexico’s Pavilion at the Architecture Venice Biennial in 2014, 2016 and 2018. Their built work Novasem won the First Prize at the Latin American Landscape Architecture Biennial 2018 in the category of Corporate Built work, and also obtained a Silver Medal in the XV Mexican Architecture Biennial, that same year they were finalists in the Emerging Architects prize from the Architectural Review magazine.

Their proposals are the result of a deep reflection regarding the role of history in the architectural project. They come from the idea of a living tradition, that is recreated in the idea of continuity and that simultaneously shows a concern to connect with life in the present. Their work develops through very different scales; from the design of furniture, gardens, single-family houses, to industrial-type, public space and landscape projects; always with a special attention in the manufacture, the materials, and attending also the relation of the local craftsmanship with the constructive techniques of the present. Their current work focuses on researching and proposing new relationships between the disciplines of landscape and architecture.