World famous Spanish architect speaks at BRACU

Publish Date: 
Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 14:00

The Department of Architecture at BRAC University in collaboration with the Embassy of Spain organized the second lecture of The Spanish Architecture Lecture Series Fall 2017. The event took place on December 5, 2017. The speaker was acclaimed Barcelona architect Carme Pinós (1954).

Spanish architect and educator Carme Pinós (1954) is one of the well-known and influential architects of the contemporary age. She is known for her design ranging from cultural centers, educational institutions and public housing to office towers, urban landscapes and furniture design.

After completing her graduation and post-graduation from Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Barcelona (ETSAB) in Barcelona, she formed a partnership with eminent architect, Enric Miralles. The work of Pinós-Miralles received awards on several occasions, including the FAD prize for the La Llauna School and the Igualada Cemetery Park, as well as the City of Barcelona Prize for the 1992 Olympic Archery Range Buildings.

In 1991, Pinós set up her own studio Estudio Carme Pinós in Barcelona. Her designs have been exhibited around the world, and models of her buildings have been included in the collections of both the Centre Pompidou museum in Paris and New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). Among other recognitions, Pinós was named an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects in 2011 and a Royal Institute of British Architects International Fellow in 2013 for her outstanding contribution to architecture. In 2015 she was honored with the Creu de Sant Jordi, one of the highest civil distinctions awarded by the Catalan government to individuals and organizations for their cultural and social services in Catalonia. In 2016 she was also awarded with the Richard J. Neutra Medal for Professional Excellence by the California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, 2016 and received the 2016 Berkeley-Rupp Architecture Professorship and Prize for her significant contribution to advancing gender equity in architecture, and commitment to sustainability and community.

In her talk at BRAC University, architect Pinós presented her design philosophy through three projects : Cube I, Office Tower in Guadalajara (Mexico), Caixaforum Museum, Auditorium and Cultural Center in Zaragoza (Spain), and Cube II Office Tower in Guadalajara (Mexico).

Professor Adnan Morshed, Chairperson of the Department, welcomed the audience by providing a background of the series and introducing Architect Carme Pinós. Alejandra Lopez Garcia, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Spain, thanked the sponsors of the series. Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, KCMG , Founder and Chairman of BRAC, Lady Sayeda Sarwat Abed, founder and director of the BRAC Institute of Languages (BIL), his Excellency Alvaro de Salas, Spanish Ambassador to Bangladesh and. Dr. Syed Saad Andaleeb, Vice Chancellor of BRAC University, attended the presentation. Academics, architects, designers, professionals, students, and members of the civil society participated in the lively and interactive event.