Spring 2017 Cullinan Studio Professor is…


We are excited to welcome Urtzi Grau as our Spring 2017 Cullinan Studio Professor and Guillermo Fernandez-Abascal as his Studio Assistant.


Urtzi Grau is an architect, Director of the Master of Architectural Research at UTS and co-founder of Fake Industries Architectural Agonism—an architectural office of diffuse boundaries and questionable taste distributed between Sydney, New York and Barcelona that was shortlisted in the MoMA PS1 and Miami Design pavilions in 2014, finalist in Guggenheim Helsinki competition in 2015 and represented Australia in the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Grau graduated from the School of Architecture of Barcelona in 2000, was awarded Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design by the Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation, Columbia University (GSAPP) in 2004, and is currently completing his Ph.D. at Princeton University School of Architecture on the 1970's urban renewal of Barcelona. Grau has previously taught Cooper Union, Princeton University, Columbia University and Cornell University. His work and writings have been published in various international journals such as AV, Bawelt, Domus, Kerb, Log, Plot, Praxis, Spam, Volume or White Zinfadel and exhibited in the Chicago Architecture Biennial, la Bienal de Buenos Aires, P! Gallery, Shenzhen Biennale, Storefront, the Venice Biennale and 0047.

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Guillermo Fernandez-Abascal is an architect operating around the world. He studied at the ETS of Architecture in Madrid (ETSAM), Tongji University and he is currently a MoRE candidate at University of Technology Sydney, analyzing the urban impact of driverless cars implementation. In 2010 he joined FOA, where he worked in Birmingham New Street station. Following FOA’s demerger, GFA became a member of AZPA, currently AZPML. He continued his involvement in the BNS project, while leading the London office in two buildings in the new Weifang Campus, the “Virtual” house in Youpon and several international competitions such as Antonino and Cinia Foundation (First Prize), Rabat Agdal Train Station and Masterplan, Arvo Part Centre, Montreal Biodome (First Prize), AustroControl Zentrale Wien (First Prize), Kirchberg Housing (First Prize) and Bellinzona Bridge (First Prize) among others. In parallel to his ongoing academic experience, he runs a series of collaborations highlighting his shortlisted entry for the Runnymede College in Madrid, a mixed-used development in Sydney and the 2016 Global Architecture Political Compass, co-authored with Zaera-Polo. He has previously taught at UTS. His work and writings have been widely published in media sources such as El Croquis, ArchDaily, afasia, BETA, HIC and exhibited in Reina Sofia Museum.