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William F. Stern Visiting Professorship Annual Lecture: MAIO

Monday, August 30, 2021

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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MAIO Presents “Towards the Diffuse House”
Presenting projects of the MAIO office, as well as some interconnected theoretical issues related to its practice.

MAIO is an architectural office based in Barcelona and New York working on spatial systems which allow variation and change through time. MAIO’s projects embrace the ever-changing complexity of everyday life while providing a resilient, compromised, and clear architectural response.

MAIO’s members combine professional activities with academic, research, and editorial ones. They have been in charge of the magazine Quaderns d’Arquitectura i Urbanisme (2011-16), and currently teach at Columbia GSAPP (New York), the Architectural Association (London), the Escola d’Arquitectura de Barcelona ETSAB/ETSAV, and Elisava Escola de Disseny i Enginyeria.

MAIO has lectured at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Barbican Center, GSAPP-Columbia University, RIBA, UC Berkeley, Yale School of Architecture, and Piet Zwart Institute, among other places. MAIO’s work has been published in magazines such as Domus, AIT, Volume, Blueprint, A10, and Detail, and exhibited at the MOMA of New York, the Guggenheim Bilbao, the Art Institute of Chicago, and Storefront for Art and Architecture. Lately, MAIO has participated in the Venice Biennial 2016 in the Spanish Pavillion (awarded with the Golden Lion), Chicago Architecture Biennial (2015 & 2017 editions), and co-curated a Weekend Special at the Biennale di Venezia 2014 together with SPACE CAVIAR and DPR-Barcelona.

MAIO is run by Maria Charneco, Alfredo Lerida, Guillermo Lopez, and Anna Puigjaner, who was recently nominated as the finalist of the Rolex Mentor & Protege Initiative 2016 and awarded with the Harvard GSD Wheelwright Prize.