Armando Montilla

Is an architect with a degree from Canada (Université de Montréal, 1992), a Master from Pratt Institute in New York (1995) and a Master of Urban Geography at Universitat Autònoma deBarcelona (2004) He worked in Miami and Los Angeles, with firms such as Arquitectonica and The Jon Jerde Partnership. In 1999 he initiated Doctoral studies at ETSAB in Barcelona and was later a visiting Scholar at the Department of Histories and Theories of the AA in London. He did part of his Doctoral research at the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation in Germany, being later a teacher with the Bauhaus Kolleg Program. His area of interest covers the phenomenology of cities, the city as an event, the loss of public space and privatization of cityspace, the effect of emergent technologies in cities, as well as the effects of mass tourism, mobility and immigration, as well as the multicultural city. He completed a novel (IDENTI*-Park, 2002) on corporate trans-nationalism, city privatization and the city as a theme park, and has lectured at the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, the Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Australia; the Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez, in Mexico; at Harvard Graduate School of Design, at the University of Alberta in Edmonton and Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada; at Parsons School of Design and Pratt Institute in New York; at the University of Wales College at Newport in Wales UK, the Royal Swedish Institute of Technology in Stockholm, the American University of Sharjah in Dubai, UAE; and at Florida International University in Miami and Clemson University in South Carolina USA. In Barcelona he has taught at the Summer Travel Study Program of UIC/ESARQ, and was invited critic to the Master Metropolis in 2002, 2003 and 2004, being part of the Program Faculty since 2005. His essays and writings have been published by theCenter for the Advanced Inquiry in the Interaction of the Arts (Caiia) and in the bookEngineering Nature: Art & Consciousness in the Post-biological Era (Intellect Books, 2006) in the UK, the Biennale of Electronic Art (BEAP) in Perth, Australia, the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation on the books Die Stad als Event (Frankfurt: Campus Verlag, 2002) and Dot.City (Berlin: Jovis, 2004) in Germany; by the Universities of Alberta and Toronto in Canada, on the Magazine Aula: Architecture and Urbanism in Las Américas in the US, on Transversal in Barcelona; 2D Architecture and Design in Dubai and Design Book Magazine, in Miami. He has taught Upper Division Design Studio at the School of Architecture of Florida International University in Miami since 2007, is presently a PhD Candidate at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, on a comparative study on mobility and multi-culturalism between Miami and Barcelona, and will be taking on the position of Assistant Professor in Architecture, History and Theory at the College of Architecture, Arts + the Humanities, School of Architecture, of Clemson University starting Fall of 2009.

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