Jorge Otero-Pailos

Jorge Otero-Pailos works at the intersection of art, architecture and preservation. He is Professor and Director of Historic Preservation at GSAPP. His work has been commissioned by and exhibited at major museums, foundations and biennials notably, the 53rd Venice Art Biennial, Victoria and Albert Museum, Louis Vuitton Galerie Museum, Artangel Trust, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Otero-Pailos is the founder and editor of the journal Future Anterior, author of Architecture’s Historical Turn (2010) and contributor to scholarly journals and books including the Oxford Encyclopedia of Aesthetics and Rem Koolhaas’ Preservation Is Overtaking Us (2014). He is a member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences of Puerto Rico, and has received awards from major art, architecture and preservation organizations including the Kress Foundation, the Graham Foundation, the Fitch Foundation, and the Canadian Center for Architecture, and in 2012 the UNESCO Eminent Professional Award. Otero-Pailos studied architecture at Cornell University, holds a Ph.D. from MIT, and was a founding faculty member of the School of Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico.

GSAPP Conversations

Jorge Otero-Pailos speaks with Carlos Bayod Lucini and Adam Lowe of Factum Arte. Lowe and Bayod Lucini jointly taught an advanced studio in Historic Preservation at Columbia GSAPP in the Fall of 2016, which involved the documentation of the medieval church of San Baudelio de Berlanga in Spain, as well as some of its paintings in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Cloisters.

Jorge Otero-Pailos speaks with Francine Houben of Mecanoo. They focus on her firm's ongoing renovation of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington DC, originally designed by Mies van der Rohe.

Houben delivered the annual Paul S. Byard Memorial Lecture on April 17, 2017. This was the sixth annual lecture to celebrate the lasting legacy of Byard, who was the director of Historic Preservation at GSAPP from 2000 to 2008.


Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
A6753‑1 Spring 2018
Thesis II
Jorge Otero-Pailos Required for 2nd Year
By Appointment
Full Semester
4 Points
A8906‑1 Spring 2018
Ph.D Colloquium: Aesthetics of Decay
Jorge Otero-Pailos Ph.D Seminar
412 Avery
TU 4 PM - 6 PM
Full Semester
3 Points
A4105‑17 Fall 2017
Architecture Studio V
Mark Rakatansky, Jorge Otero-Pailos
Full Semester
0 Points
Recent News
Sep 13, 2017
HP Director Jorge Otero-Pailos and alumnus Gunny Harboe (MSHP '84) are featured in Metropolis article on Experimental Preservation
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