LATITUDES: April 3 +4 2014
				BETSY WILLIAMSON_WILLIAMSON CHONG ARCHITECTS_TORONTO_43º42’N
				JOEB MOORE_JOEB MOORE & PARTNERS LLC_GREENWICH_41º02’N
				JOSHUA AIDLIN_AIDLIN DARLING DESIGN_SAN FRANCISCO_37º46’N
				FERNANDA CANALES_FERNANDA CANALES ARQUITECTURA_CIUDAD DE MÉXICO_19º26’N
				DAVID BARRAGÁN_AL BORDE_QUITO_0º14’S
				FRANCISCO TÓMBOLY + SONIA CARISIMO_ASUNCIÓN_25º18’S
				RODRIGO PEREZ DE ARCE_SANTIAGO_33º26’S
				FEDERICO MIRABAL PIETRA_OAP ARQUITECTOS_PUNTA DEL ESTE_34º58’S
				SYMPOSIUM ON ARCHITECTURE IN THE AMERICAS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE
				Mebane Gallery,Goldsmith Hall	soa.utexas.edu/latitudes
				Sponsored by the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin, Center for American Architecture and Design (CAAD); O´Neil Ford 
				Chair in Architecture; the Goleman & Rolfe Centennial Lectureship in Architecture, and Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (Llilas)
				UTSOA The University of Tecxas at Austin School of Architecture Federico Mirabal Pietra Rodrigo Perez de Arce Francisco Tómboly + Sonia Carisimo David Barragán Fernanda Canales Joshua Aidlin Joeb Moore Betsy Williamson
BETSY WILLIAMSON is a partner with Shane Williamson and Donald Chong in the office of Williamson Chong Architects: experienced architects and academics committed to using both built and unbuilt work as vehicles to explore diverse agendas associated with research and practice. Their design approach privileges the specificities of context, material research, economies of construction, building performance, and client-based collaboration. 
Betsy received a BA with Honors in Architecture from Barnard College in 1992 and her professional MArch degree from Harvard University in 1997. Prior to founding Williamson Chong, she led the award-winning practice WilliamsonWilliamson Inc., which was awarded the Ronald J. Thom Award for Early Design Achievement from the Canada Council for the Arts in 2008, and was named one of the top forty under forty design practices in Canada by the National Post. 
Williamson Chong was recently selected for the 2014 Emerging Voices program by the Architecture League of New York and won the Professional Prix de Rome in 2012 from the Canada Council for the Arts. In addition, the firm has received a North American Wood Design Award and an OAA Design Excellence Award for the House in Frogs Hollow. 
www.williamsonchong.com
JOEB MOORE’s work has received over 50 national, regional, and state architecture and design awards. In 2010 Residential Architect magazine named him one of the “Top 50 Residential Architects in the US.” Recent awards include a 2013 New England AIA Design Award, a 2011 North American Wood Design Award, a 2011 AIA New England Honor Award, and a 2010 AIA National Housing Award. Mr. Moore’s work has been published widely, most recently in Taschen Books’ Architecture Now: Houses (2011), the 2011 and 2010 WOOD Institute Books, and The Nice House Book in 2010. Moore is currently an Adjunct Professor of Architecture in the Barnard/Columbia Undergraduate Architecture Department. From 1996-2006 he served as Assistant Director of the Architecture Department. In 2006 he joined the Yale School of Architecture as a Visiting Professor where he currently teaches the Housing Studio. 
Mr. Moore’s most recent lecture was titled “Second Wave of Modernism: The Emergence of Biological Thinking” at MoMA. He also serves on the advisory board for the University of Nicosia, Cyprus School of Architecture and Design, and the Board of Directors for The Cultural Landscape Foundation in Washington, DC.
www.joebmoore.com
JOSHUA AIDLIN is a founding partner of Aidlin Darling Design, formed with David Darling in 1998. He has over twenty-six years of design experience in architecture, interiors, furniture design, and sculpture. Aidlin Darling Design rigorously explores design across a wide range of scales, programs, and disciplines with the goal of enabling poetic, sustainable, and appropriate solutions. The firm has been chosen as a National Design Award Winner by the Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum. Additionally, the firm has been awarded over fifty regional, national, and international design awards in the past four years, including an AIA/COTE Top Ten Plus Green Project Award, an international Civic Trust Award, a National IIDA Interior Design Award, and a James Beard Award. 
www.aidlindarlingdesign.com
FERNANDA CANALES holds a PhD from the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura (ETSAM) in Madrid. She studied at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and the Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña in Barcelona. In 2003-04 she received a fellowship from the FONCA (Fondo Nacional de Cultura) in the Young Creators category, and in 2012 received the Career Award from the FCARM (the Mexican Federation of Architects Associations). She was recently named art creator by the National System of Creators (FONCA CONACULTA) for her project Artículo 123 Bis. After working for the architects Toyo Ito, Ignasi de Sola-Morales, and Luis Fernández-Galiano, Canales started her own practice in Mexico City in 1996. Her firm has won several competitions, including the Elena Garro Cultural Center, the new CEDIM campus in Monterrey, and a theater complex in Guadalajara. Her office is currently engaged in both public and private projects focused on housing and educational and cultural programs. Her essays have been published in The New York Times, El País, Reforma, Letras Libres, Praxis, Arquitectura Viva, Wallpaper, Domus, and Arquine and her work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale, the Museum of Modern Art, and the National Center for the Arts in Mexico City. Canales is member of the editorial board of Arquine and La Tempestad. Canales has taught at the Universidad Iberoamericana, the CMAS Master in Urbanism, and the Master Laboratory of Collective Housing for the 21st century in collaboration with the UPC in Barcelona. She has also taught at the UNAM’s Max Cetto workshop and was an invited professor at the ETSAB in Barcelona. www.fernandacanales.com
AL BORDE is a collaborative and experimental architecture studio that focuses on solving real needs based on existing social and physical contexts. The group works with what it has at its disposal, re-combining these immediate conditions in a logical and simple way. The work is developed from the specific complexity of the problem reconciled with an overarching, holistic perspective. This approach has led to interdisciplinary collaborations with musicians, artists, performers, designers, and publicists. The strength of Al Borde’s buildings lies in their capacity to fuse objective architectural responses with subjective user perceptions, resulting in architecture that links the traditional with the contemporary. The firm was founded in 2007 in Quito, Ecuador. The team consists of David Barragán, Pascual Gangotena, Marialuisa Borja, and Esteban Benavides. Al Borde has given lectures and workshops worldwide and has received many awards and recognitions among which are the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture by the LOCUS Foundation, the Schelling Architecture Prize, the Bicentennial Medal Cultural Merit Award, and a nomination for the Iakov Chernikhov International Prize for Young Architects in 2012. www.albordearq.com
In 2008 Sonia Carísimo graduated from the National University of Asunción, Faculty of Architecture (U.N.A.) where she currently teaches as an Assistant Professor. Francisco Tómboly earned his degree at the Catholic University Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, Faculty of Sciences and Technologies in 2004 and serves as an Assistant Professor for workshop courses on Architectural composition at U.N.A. Both architects participated among others in international workshops at IUAV, Venice and the Escola da Cidade, São Paulo. In 2007, Tómboly and Carísimo formed the architecture studio -=+x- Arquitectura y Mobiliarios. The work of the studio is comprised mostly of residences, with exceptions being the recent refurbishment of the Martha Luz Academy Dance Gallery and the executive project development and work control for the department building VENTUMI Park, both in Asunción, Paraguay.  Their work has been exhibited at the VII Ibero American Biennal of Architecture and Urban Planning in 2012 in Cadiz, Spain and the 2013 Latin American Biennal of Architecture in Pamplona, Spain. They were invited to the American classroom of Andalucia Architecture’s 2013-2014 course INT-ECT in Sevilla, Huelva, Cadiz, Malaga and Granada, Spain. www.tombolycarisimoarq.blogspot.com
RODRIGO PÉREZ DE ARCE received his graduate degree in architecture from the Architectural Association in 1975 and his doctorate from UCV in 2011. He has taught at the AA, the University of Bath, the University of Pennsylvania, and Cornell University, among others. He currently teaches at the Catholic University Santiago. 
His topics of research include urban types and forms, and the influence of history, landscape, and program on the dimensions of public space. 
He has published on the topic of landscape in public space and play. He is preparing a book entitled Imprints of Leisure examining the architecture of play and the urban imprints of formal and informal modes of leisure. 
His work as a practicing architect includes almost exclusively public programs (all realized in collaboration), such as the Mapocho Cultural Center, Plaza de Armas, the Crypt for the Metropolitan Cathedral in Santiago, the Mercado Puerto, and the Cerro Artilleria in Valparaiso. 
www.perezdearce.cl
FEDERICO MIRABAL PIETRA received his architectural degree from the Facultad de Arquitectura de la Universidad de la República in Uruguay and a masters degree from the Politecnico di Milano, Italy—later teaching at both Universities. 
Federico received several awards in architectural competitions, among them: first prize in the competition for the new urban project at Lago di Garda in Italy, finalist in the Biennials of Santiago de Chile 2002, Lima 2004, Montevideo 2006, and Quitole Panamerican Biennial in 2006. He was selected as one of the top ten young architects at the VI Ibero American Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism in 2008, and as a finalist to represent Uruguay in Pamplona’s Latin American Architecture Biennial in 2013. His work has been published and exhibited in Chile, Italy, Argentina, Peru, Uruguay, Spain, Switzerland, Portugal, Indonesia, India, and Mexico. In 2012 Federico participated in the International Furniture Fair of Milan, the International Design Fair in Shanghai, and represented Uruguay at the International Architecture Exhibition of Venice. He has recently received recognition with his nomination for the International Young Designer of the Year Award of India. Currently he directs OAP architects.
www.oap.com.uy

As with the first "Latitudes" conference, initiated by the UT Austin Center for American Architecture and Design and held annually since 2009, the ambition of this symposium is to explore the question of whether there is—already, still emerging, or never to be—an "American" modern architecture, that is, an architecture that transcends the North/Central/South America division and that is in some way distinguishable from European, Asian, and other models.

Clearly latitude matters, climatologically, geographically, and culturally. But, what are the current challenges for American architects in contemporary metropolises now that post-colonialism and post-modern regionalism are fading into history?

Prominent and upcoming practitioners from the Americas will present their recent work in roughly these terms, focusing on the development and execution of a single project in their oeuvre.

PROGRAM

APR 3 /2014

12:50 WELCOME
Frederick Steiner, Dean, School of Architecture,
The University of Texas at Austin


01:00 INTRODUCTORY REMARKS
Kevin Alter, Sid W. Richardson Centennial
Professor in Architecture, UT Austin


01:10 LECTURE
David Barragán, AL BORDE, Quito, Ecuador


02:10 LECTURE
Betsy Williamson, Williamson Chong Architects, Toronto, Canada


03:10 COFFEE BREAK


03:30 LECTURE
Federico Mirabal Pietra, OAP, Punta del Este, Uruguay


04:30 LECTURE
Joeb Moore, Moore and Partners, Greenwich, VA


05:30 PANEL DISCUSSION
Moderator Barbara Hoidn
Respondents Mauricio Pezo
Carlos Jiménez


06:10 RECEPTION, GOLDSMITH COURTYARD

APR 4 / 2014

01:00 INTRODUCTORY REMARKS
Wilfried Wang, O´Neil Ford Centennial Chair
in Architecture, UT Austin


01:10 LECTURE
Fernanda Canales, Fernanda Canales Arquitectura,
Mexico City, México

02:10 LECTURE
Josh Aidlin, Aidlin Darling Design, San Francisco, CA


03:10 COFFEE BREAK

03:30 LECTURE
Francisco Tómboly, Sonia Carisima, Asunción, Paraguay


04:30 LECTURE
Rodrigo Perez de Arce, Santiago, Chile


05:30 PANEL DISCUSSION
Moderator Fernando Lara
Respondents Dean Almy
Coleman Coker


06:30 CLOSING REMARKS
Michael Benedikt, Hal Box Chair in Urbanism, UT Austin
Introductions: Kevin Alter, Allison Gaskins,
Benjamin Ibarra-Sevilla, Gabriel Diaz Montemayor,
Wilfried Wang, Danilo Udovicki-Selb, Matt Fajkus, Fernando Lara