2021-2022 Lecture Series: Building Identities, Fall Edition
Oct. 13, 2021
12:00pm to 1:00pm
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Cecilia Puga and Paula Velasco, directors and founding partners, Cecilia Puga - Paula Velasco Arquitectura, present the lecture "Monument" at 12:00 p.m. via Zoom as part of the 2021-2022 Rice Architecture Lecture Series, Building Identities, Fall Edition.

Cecilia Puga - Paula Velasco Arquitectura connects independent professionals from various disciplines and specialties. Its structure and expertise are adapted to the specific areas in which it operates, in order to provide innovative and high-standard professional services at different scales and fields. Through different international competitions, the society has been in charge of the new headquarters of Chile’s Ministry of Cultures and Heritage, the infrastructure design project for Queulat National Park, and the masterplan and preliminary project for Punta Arenas’ International Passenger Terminal. Recently, together with architect Smiljan Radic, they obtained the first place for the design of the Chilean Pavilion for Expo Dubai 2020.

Cecilia Puga is director and founding partner of Cecilia Puga - Paula Velasco Arquitectura. Architect, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile 1990. Since 1995 she has developed her professional practice independently in Santiago, where she has carried out design projects at different scales and programs, from single-family homes (most notably the House in Bahia Azul), to collective housing, educational and industrial equipment, and urban design such as the renovation of public spaces in Cerro Toro. She has developed her academic activity at Universidad Católica de Santiago, at ETH Zurich’s School of Architecture, Austin’s University of Texas, GSD Harvard and at BIAarch in Barcelona. Several national and international specialized publications have included her work, and in 2010 journal 2G dedicated its 53rd issue to her work. In 2009, hers was one of the 100 offices around the world selected by Herzog & De Meuron to design a villa in Inner Mongolia, within the context of the «Ordos 100» project, led by artist Ai Wei Wei.

Paula Velasco is director and founding partner of Cecilia Puga - Paula Velasco Arquitectura. Architect, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile 2005. Master on Science Emergent Technologies and Design, Architectural Association UK, 2010. Undergraduate and Master’s Professor at Universidad Católica de Chile’s School of Architecture. She was one of the five runner-ups of the 2013 YAP Constructo competition and was nominated for the Rolex program “Mentor and Protégé” the following year. In 2014, she was invited by Chile’s British Council to do an International Architecture Residency during the London Festival.

Building Identities

Construction of physical structures is inseparable from the construction of human identities. Rice Architecture aims to broaden our understanding of building construction and identity formation as two interrelated processes, seeking to close the gap between the social and the formal in the field of architecture and our world more broadly. Reflecting the pluralism of Houston as the most diverse city in the United States, Building Identities advances the agency of architecture in a new multicultural world. We believe this is an urgent theme for our school, our community, and our field at large.
All lectures are free and open to the public. Please be sure to register online for each lecture to receive the link to join.

These lectures are recorded and will be posted on the Rice Architecture YouTube channel and the Rice Design Alliance Vimeo channel within three weeks of the live event.


Live captioning will be provided during the event. Transcripts are available upon request.


This lecture is available for one AIA/CES Learning Unit. Watch the lecture, download the pdf, and submit for credit.
This lecture series is made possible through the generous support of the Betty R. and the George F. Pierce Jr., FAIA, Fund, the William B. Coleman Jr. Colloquium Fund for Architecture, the Wm. W. Caudill Lecture Series Fund, and Rice Design Alliance (RDA), the public programs and outreach arm of Rice Architecture.


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