Alejandro Aravena, socially committed architects
Considered one of the most interesting figures on the latest generation international scene, Alejandro Aravena was born in 1967 and entered the world of architecture in Chile in the late 1980s .
In 1994 he founded the “Alejandro Aravena Architetti studio“.
Since 2006 he has been executive director of Elemental SA, an organization that promotes the improvement of social conditions by operating in the sectors of infrastructure, public spaces and housing through the construction of experimental works located in Chile and Mexico.
The architect experiences a practice that produces architectural works and also addresses major challenges of the 21st century. His work offers economic opportunities to the less privileged, mitigates the effects of natural disasters, reduces energy consumption and provides a welcoming public space. Innovative and inspiring, it shows how architecture can improve people’s lives.
The studio’s name, Elemental, reminds us that an elementary project is always the best choice: it’s something that goes straight to the heart of the matter. Elemental divides its working time into three equal parts, one part is for social housing and one for private customers and third focuses on urban development of cities.
Alejandro Aravena’s 2016 Pritzker Prize victory took place because through his projects he is involved in creating new opportunities for the less privileged.
Tom Pritzker, president of the Hyatt Foundation, said that “Innovative and inspiring, Aravena shows how architecture can improve people’s lives.”
“The capacity for synthesis and simplicity are the answers to the most complex problems”. And there is no sentence that best describes the Aravena’s work.