Juan Almarza Anwandter, Dipl.-Ing., is an architect, graduated from Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile (1997) and holds a Mag. degree in Arts Theory and History from Universidad de Chile (2017). Since year 2000 and in parallel to his professional activity he has developed his academic career as professor of architecture and design in different Chilean universities, focusing his interests mainly in the field of aesthetics, semiotics, phenomenology and Arts critical theory. Currently he lives and works in Berlin as independent architect and art critic, and is pursuing a doctoral degree in the department of Architectural Theory at Technische Universität Berlin, with the dissertation „Nietzsche´s Grand Style: towards the definition of an aesthetic category of analysis“.

Professional experience:

2006-2020 Independent projects (private houses, corporate buildings, object and interior design)
1999-2006 Works as chief manager of Cazu Zegers Architecture Studio, Santiago, Chile
1997-1998 Staff member of Morelli-Bravo Architects, Santiago, Chile
1996-1997 Staff member of Vial y Vives Ingenieros, Santiago, Chile

Academic Experience

2020 Assistant Professor, Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin
2001-2014 Professor of Architecture and Design in Universidad Del Desarrollo, Santiago, Chile
2010-2014 Professor of Architectural Hand-Sketching and Morphology, Universidad Diego Portales,
Santiago, Chile
2014 Professor of Architecture and Context, Universidad San Sebastián, Santiago, Chile
2000-2010 Professor of Architecture, Universidad de Talca, Chile
2001-2002 Assistant Professor, Pontificia Universidad Católica, Chile

Seminar Lectures

11/2019 About the Role of Digital Technologies in the Modelling of Contemporary Architectural Experience. 6th Forum Architekturwissenschaft “Utopia Computer”, UDK Berlin.

09/2018 Between Being and Becoming: towards a metaphysical reading of architectural signs. 2nd summer school “Between intellectual and sensory reason: towards an epistemology of architecture”. Inter-University Centre Dubrovnik, Croatia.

12/2016 On Limits, Identity and Hybridization. Lecture for Seminar “Boundary apparatus”, organized by Sandra Meireis and Rena Tavernaraki. TU Berlin, Fachgebiet Architekturtheorie.

06/2016 On the “Pathos of closeness”: about the notion of experience in contemporary architectural practices.1st International conference “Think-Design-Build – Architectural matters”. IfA, TU Berlin, June 2016.

02/2016 Nietzsche´s Grand Style: Towards an architectural interpretation. 1st. PhD Colloquium, History and Political critique of Architecture – Berlin Milano research group. Institut für Architektur, TU Berlin

08/2008 About the process of Design: Three scales of project analysis. UDD Concepción, Chile.

06/2006 Geopoetics of Territory: Chile, in search of an Identity profile. Observatorio de Lastarria, Santiago, Chile

10/1998 “Hospedería del Errante”: towards a morphogenetic-topological model of architectural shape generation. PUC Lo Contador, Santiago, Chile.

Publications

Between Being and Becoming: the language of metaphysics in architecture. In: SAJ – Serbian Architectural Journal, Vol 10_1. Belgrade: University of Belgrade, Faculty of Architecture, 2018.

Mit den Augen eines Engels. In: Gianfranco Foschino-Hidden Stories. Bielefeld / Berlin: Kerber Verlag, 2018.

Aguirre, la ira de Dios y la melancolía de los hombres. In: V/A, Revista Despliegue, Facultad de Artes Universidad de Chile. Santiago: LOM, 2016.

Rio Maule: de lo bello a lo sublime. In: V/A, Aguas Cruciales, Libro I. Santiago: Ediciones Universidad del Desarrollo, 2016.

Parque Arauco, rostro y figura. In: V/A, Se llama Santiago. Santiago: Ediciones Universidad del Desarrollo - AOA, 2011.

Aproximaciones al tiempo como materia. Dos muestras de Gianfranco Foschino. Dec.2015.
http://artishockrevista.com/2015/12/29/aproximaciones-al-tiempo-materia-dos-muestras-gianfranco-foschino/