Spotlight Prize: Pezo von Ellrichshausen

RDA’s fourth annual Spotlight Award is being given to the Chilean firm Pezo von Ellrichshausen. The international award, which recognizes exceptionally gifted architects in the early phase of their professional careers, carries a cash prize and invitation to lecture at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Led by Sofia von Ellrichshausen and Mauricio Pezo, Pezo von Ellrichshausen is an art and architecture studio that focuses largely on the power of geometric form, volumetric experiments, and conceptual simplicity.

Spotlight Committee Member and Harry K. & Albert K. Smith Professor of Architecture at Rice University John Casbarian said, “I was struck by the power of their bold abstract compositional forms which exist simultaneously in harmony and in contrast with the context. This tension, coupled with the inventive use of stark materials underscores the visual impact of their unique and simply stunning architecture.”

Founded in Concepción in 2002, the firm has been awarded at the IberoAmerican Biennial, the Chilean Architecture Biennial, and at The AR Awards for Emerging Architecture, among others. They teach regularly in Chile and have been visiting professors at universities in New York and Texas.

The public is invited to hear Pezo von Ellrichshausen lecture on Monday, November 12, 2012 at The MFA,H.

DATE: Monday, November 12, 2012
TIME: 7:00 p.m. (pre-lecture wine reception begins at 6 p.m. Reception is sponsored D.E. Harvey Builders. Please note that the reception will take place in the Beck Building across the street).
PLACE: Brown Auditorium, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston 1001 Bissonnet.
Additional parking is available until 7 p.m. for $6 in the museum garage located at the corner of Binz and Fannin Streets.
TICKETS: This event is free for RDA Members and students presenting identification. Tickets for non-members are not for sale yet but they will be $25 at the door, also those who join RDA that evening will receive a free ticket. Tickets are required for entry and will be distribute on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 6 p.m. the evening of the lecture. Seating is limited; attendees are encouraged to arrive early.

This event is made possible by support from: A & E – The Graphics Complex, Abel Design Group, Behringer Harvard, D. E. Harvey Builders, Haynes Whaley Associates, Inc., Mary Haus and Willard Holmes, Lonnie Hoogeboom and Betsy Strauch, Paradigm Consultants, Inc., Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, Inc., TDIndustries, Inc., Transwestern, Turner Construction Company, Walter P Moore, the Corporate Members if the Rice Design Alliance, the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Texas of Commission on the Arts.

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