The following is a public lecture presented by the University of Michigan that may be of interest to our members:
LECTURE: XAVIER VENDRELL, "PROFESSIONALS AND/OR MAGICIANS"
Xavier Vendrell studied architecture in his native city of Barcelona, where he has been practicing architecture since 1983. His work embraces a range of scales from landscape architecture, urban design, public buildings, housing and interior design.
In 1988, his office won the competition for the Poblenou Park in the Olympic Village of Barcelona. His office was involved in several other projects for the 1992 Olympic Games.
Xavier Vendrell won the FAD Award in 1997 for the Riumar School. He has also taught at the Barcelona School of Architecture (1990-1998).
He has lectured across Europe, USA and Latin America. He has been visiting Professor at Washington University, School of Architecture in St. Louis, Missouri in 1994 and 1996 and visiting professor at School of Architecture, University of Illinois at Chicago in 1997, 1998 and 1999 as the Jens Jensen Visiting Professor in Landscape Urbanism.
In August 2001, Xavier Vendrell was appointed Professor of Architecture, at School of Architecture, the College of Architecture and the Arts at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he served during 5 years as a Director of Graduate Studies. From 2002 to 2012 he has been a consultant for Rural Studio and since 2013 he is professor at Rural Studio, where currently is acting Director.
Xavier Vendrell founded in 1999 Xavier Vendrell Studio Chicago/Barcelona, a collaborative practice of architecture, landscape and design.
In 2002, The Graham Foundation at Chicago presented his work in the exhibition “Xavier Vendrell: Retrospective Thoughts on Work in Progress”. In 2005, he has one of the architects selected for the exhibition Chicago Architecture: TEN VISIONS at the Art Institute of Chicago. In fall 2011 his project for Roscoe Village a collaboration with Doug Garofalo was part of the exhibit Design on the Edge, Chicago Architects reimagine Neighborhoods at the Chicago Architectural Foundation. In 2012 His studio was one of the five finalists of the international competition for Navy Pier in Chicago.
His works and projects have been published in magazines and books, and presented in several exhibitions internationally. He was co-founder, in 1986, of A30 Edicions d’Architectura and he has written numerous articles for Spanish journals.