José Aragüez

José Aragüez is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia GSAPP and an architect, writer, editor, researcher, and educator. He holds a Ph.D. in the History and Theory of Architecture from Princeton. Aragüez graduated with a Diploma in Architecture and Urbanism from University of Granada, Spain (Honorable Mention, University Graduation Extraordinary Prize, and 1st National Prize in Architecture) and with a M.S. AAD degree (Honor Prize for Excellence in Design) and a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Architectural Research from Columbia GSAPP. He has lectured internationally across Europe and North America in addition to the Middle East and Japan, and has taught, besides Columbia, at Cornell, Princeton, Rice University in Paris, and University of Granada. In the past, Aragüez worked for Antonio J. Torrecillas (Spain), MVRDV (Rotterdam), and Idom/ACXT (London).

Between 2014 and 2018, Aragüez has led an international project titled The Building. It was launched via two symposia in 2014—held at the Architectural Association and at Columbia GSAPP; it continued through a theory seminar at Cornell University in Fall 2015, and it was published as a book by Lars Müller in November 2016. Post-publication lectures, panel discussions, and launch events took place across Europe and the US throughout 2017 and extended into 2018. Featuring a striking number of essential voices, The Building is described in international circles as one of the most significant contributions to architectural discourse in the past decade.

His various other research initiatives—which have received numerous awards and fellowships from institutions including the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), the Barr Ferree Foundation, the Spanish government, Columbia and Princeton—span the history of the disciplinary distinction between architecture and engineering; the intersection of geometry, morphology, and formal thinking; the problem of criticality in architecture vis-à-vis other fields of knowledge; the study of idiosyncratic architectural pedagogies in the New York scene, and more generally, the relationship between architectural and philosophical epistemologies. Sections of these projects were shown at the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale and the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale.

The Building, 2014-2018


Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
A4102‑3 Spring 2019
Architecture Studio II
M, W, & F 2 PM - 6 PM
0 Points
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