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Pep Avilés
Assistant Professor, Stuckeman Career Development Professorship in Design
Portrait of Pep Avilés
Department of Architecture
Stuckeman School

Pep Avilés is a historian, architect, and professor specialized in postwar and contemporary architecture. His academic research explores the impact media had in the materiality of architecture as well as in the redefinition of modernism after the World War II. His essays have been published in journals such as Thresholds, FootprintQuaderns d'Architecture i Urbanisme, and San Rocco, and in edited volumes such as Dust and Data: Traces of the Bauhaus Across 100 Years (Ines Weizman ed., 2019), Bauhaus In and Out, (Carolina B. García and Laura Martínez de Guerreñu, eds., 2019), and Climates: Architecture and the Planet Imaginary (James Graham, Caitlin Blanchfield, Alissa Anderson, Jordan Carver, and Jacob Moore, eds., 2016). He is currently working on a historiographic revision that has as its object of study the reappraisal of Antoni Gaudí’s work in the postwar context (1945-1960). 

Avilés' work has been sponsored by the Canadian Center for Architecture, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, and the Getty Research Center, among others, and has been exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale (2014), the Elmhurst Art Museum in Chicago (2016), the Centre de Cultura Contemporànea de Barcelona (2017), and the Oslo Architecture Triennale (2019) . He is also the founding editor of the journal Faktur: Documents and Architecture. 


  • 2016 Ph.D. –  History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture, Princeton University
  • 2010 Media and Modernity Certificate, Princeton University
  • 2008 M.A., Princeton University
  • 2008 M.Arch. Theory and History of Architecture, Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona, E.T.S.A.B., Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
  • 2006 Visiting Scholar, Columbia University
  • 2000 Dipl. Architect, Escola Tècnica d’Arquitectura de Barcelona, E.T.S.A.B. Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
  • 1996 Visiting Student, Arkitekturskolan, Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, Stockholm, Sweden 

Courses Taught

  • ARCH 536: Graduate Thesis
  • ARCH 519: Research in Architecture and Urban Design. 
  • ARCH 502: Analysis of Architectural Precedents II: Modern Architecture.
  • ARCH 497: Architecture, Materials, Culture.
  • ARCH 491: Undergraduate Thesis

Honors + Awards

  • 2019 Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts
  • 2019 The Getty Research Center, Library Grant
  • 2019 Stuckeman Collaborative Design Award
  • 2019 ACE / PICE Acción Cultural Española. Oslo Architecture Triennale. Scorched Earth
  • 2019 Faktur: Finalist, Foment de les Arts Decoratives Award (FAD). Theory and Criticism (Pensament i Crítica)
  • 2013 Digital Humanities Travel Fellowship, Princeton University
  • 2012 Harold W. Dodds. Honorific Fellowship, Princeton University
  • 2012 TDA Bank Group-CCA Collection Research Grant, Canadian Center for Architecture in Montreal and Princeton University
  • 2010 Richard Cramer Fellowship, Princeton University
  • 2009 Joseph Memorial Shanley ‘17 Memorial Award, Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies
  • 2009 Margaret Goheen, Summer Travel & Research Fellowship, Princeton University
  • 2008 Howard Crosby Butler Travel & Research Fellowship, Princeton School of Architecture
  • 2007 Henry N. Young III Award, Princeton University
  • 1996 Travel Fellowship, Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, K.T.H. Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1995 Erasmus Fellowship. Arkitekturskolan, K.T.H. Stockholm, Sweden

Exhibitions + Presentations

  • 2019 Oslo Architecture Triennale. Scorched Earth. With Miranda Esposito, Marc Miller, and Laia Celma
  • 2017 Co-curator with Beatriz Colomina, “Playboy Architecture 1953-1979.” Exhibition 1000sqm of Desire. Centre de Cultura Contemporànea de Barcelona
  • 2016 Co-curator with Beatriz Colomina, “Playboy Architecture 1953-1979.” Elmhurst Art Museum, Chicago, May 7, 2016 to August 28. 2016
  • 2014 Contributor, Pietro Belluschi and György Kepes at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1951-1965 for “Radical Pedagogies: Action-Reaction-Interaction”, Monditalia Section, 14th International Architectural
  • 2014 Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, June 7, 2014 to October 23, 2014. Special Mention
  • 2014 Assistant curator. “Playboy Architecture 1953-1979.” Frankfurt. Deutsches Architekturmuseum, February 15, 2014 to April 20, 2014
  • 2013 Assistant curator. “Playboy Architecture 1953-1979.” Maastricht, NAiM / Bureau Europa, September 29, 2012 to February 10, 2013
  • 2012 Invited architect. The Loitering Shipwrecked, Exhibition “Past Futures, Present, Futures.” Storefront for Art and Architecture, October-November, 2012
  • 2008 Research team. “Utopia’s Ghost: Postmodernism Reconsidered.” Director: Reinhold Martin, Canadian Center for Architecture, 2008
  • 2004 Architectural work. “House in Micheldorf,” Exhibition of work done by faculty Members, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University, September 2004
  • 2002 Architectural work. “Europan VI. In Between Cities, Architectural Dynamics and New Urbanity.” Sala de Arquería de Nuevos Ministerios, Madrid, 2002
  • 2002 Architectural work. “Europan VI. In Between Cities, Architectural Dynamics and New Urbanity.” Liege, Belgium, 2002


  • “Faktur, Photography, and the Image of Labor. On Moholy-Nagy's Textures,” in Ines Weizman, ed., Dust and Data. Tracing the Materiality of Bauhaus Modernism, (Leipzig: Spector Books, 2019): 50-72. Pep Avilés, Laia Celma, Miranda Esposito, Marc Miller, Scorched Earth. Exhibition Catalogue, (Oslo Architecture Triennial, 2019)
  • “Image (T)acts.” Quaderns d’Arquitectura i Urbanisme, (Fall 2019): 49-59.
  • “Gaudí’s Neues Sehen: Josep Lluís Sert y la mirada fotográfica de posguerra,” Carolina B. García and Laura Martínez de Guerreñu, eds. Bauhaus in and Out: Perspectivas desde España, (Madrid: Asociación de los Historiadores de la Arquitectura y el Urbanismo AhAU, 2019)
  • “Marcel Breuer Through a Multi-Lens Window. Agency in the Afterlife of Images.” Thresholds, The MIT Journal, 47, (Spring 2019): 105-118.
  • “On Membranes, Masks, and Siegfried Ebeling’s Raumkubus.” in Climates: Architecture and the Planetary Imaginary, ed., James Graham with Caitlin Blanchfield, Alissa Anderson, Jordan Carver and Jacob Moore, (New York and Zurich: Columbia Books on Architecture and the City and Lars Müller Publishers, 2016), 319-327.
  • “On Consilience and Materials. Towards a Cultural Project.” Project Architectural Journal, nº 5 (Spring, 2016), 24-35.
  • “Essays in Continuous Conversation,” in The Other Architect, ed., Giovanna Borasi, (Montreal, Canadian Center for Architecture & Spector Books, 2015), 403.
  • Editor, Siegfried Ebeling: El espacio como membrana, (Barcelona: Mudito & Co, 2015). Trans. Guillermo López Ibáñez and Pep Avilés. Spanish edition of Der Raum als Membran, (Dessau: C. Dünnhaupt, 1926).
  • “A Hearth or a Kitchen: Reconsidering the Ethnographic Character of Semper’s Caribbean Hut.” San Rocco, Vol. 8, (Winter 2014), 54-60.
  • “Autarky and Material Contingencies in Italian Architectural Debate, (1936-1954).” Footprint. Delft School of Design Journal, (Spring 2009), 21-34. [Peer-reviewed journal]


Built Works

  • 2015 House in Pichicuy, Chile, 2015. In progress.
  • 2014 House for a Paraglider and Cameraman, Micheldorf, Austria, 2014. Unbuilt.
  • 2014 House Upstate New York, U.S., 2014. Unbuilt.
  • 2013 Competition, Housing Development and Museum in Ås, Norway, 2013
  • 2012 Award. Competition. Portes de Collserola: Porta de la Trinitat. Towards an Ecological Brutalism, Barcelona
  • 2011 Competition. Social Center in Barcelona, Spain, 2011
  • 2010 Runner up. Competition. Contemporary Architecture Foundation, Córdoba, Spain, 2010
  • 2008 Competition. San Josepe’s Quarry, Basque Country, Spain, 2008
  • 2006 Apartment Design and Construction, Escipió st., Barcelona, Spain, 2006
  • 2004 Apartment Design and Construction, Joan de Garay st., Barcelona, Spain, 2002-04
  • 2004 Europan VIII Competition. Housing Development in Sagunto, Spain, 2004
  • 2003 Young Architects’s Competition. Housing c. Bronce, Barcelona, Spain, 2003
  • 2001 Award. Europan VI Competition. Housing in Añaza, Tenerife. Spain, 2001
  • 2001 Apartment Design and Construction, Sardenya st., Barcelona, Spain, 2000-01
  • 2000 Apartment Design and Construction, Pi I Margall st., Barcelona, Spain, 2000

CV + Files + Links

Oslo Architecture Triennale 2019