This year of architecture is ruled by an unassuming designer that indicates a shift in the field. With the news of this year's Pritzker Prize win, Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena represents a concern for social awareness rather than just an artistic expression. But this leadership goes even further with the selection of Aravena serving as this year's director for the Venice Architecure Biennale, as well.
To articulate this work that has garnered both of these honor's in such a short time frame, The New York Times' architecture critic, Michael Kimmelman, profiled Aravena. What he finds is an architect that is "earnest, open, a little nerdy — and deadly serious," according to his feature in T Magazine. Rather than designing spectacles, he comes up with modest designs that prioritize issues like natural disasters, climate change, and social housing projects to improve not just his home country, but to provide a better sense of place for his people.
To read the full feature, go to The New York Times.