José Aragüez

José Aragüez is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia GSAPP and an architect and writer. He holds a Ph.D. in the History and Theory of Architecture from Princeton; a M.S. AAD degree (Honor Prize for Excellence in Design) and a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Architectural Research from Columbia GSAPP; and a Master of Architecture and Urbanism from University of Granada, Spain (Honorable Mention, University Graduation Extraordinary Prize, and 1st National Prize in Architecture).

Between 2014 and 2019, 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. Following publication, over 20 lectures, panel discussions, and launch events took place across Europe and the US between 2017 and 2019. Featuring a striking number of essential voices, The Building is widely regarded in international circles as one of the most significant contributions to architectural discourse in the 2010s.

Aragüez has lectured extensively across Europe and North America—including most of the top schools—in addition to the Middle East and Japan. Besides Columbia, he has taught at Cornell, Princeton, Rice University in Paris, and University of Granada, and worked for Antonio J. Torrecillas (Spain), MVRDV (Rotterdam), and Idom/ACXT (London). His writings have appeared in eFlux, LOBBY, Flat Out, The Routledge Companion to Criticality in Art, Architecture and Design (Routledge, 2018), and Pidgin among other places. His latest piece, titled “The Spatial Infrastructure Approach,” is forthcoming in Log.

His various other research initiatives—which have received 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, 2014-2019


Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
A4101‑7 Fall 2019
Architecture Studio I
José Aragüez
0 Points
A4102‑3 Spring 2019
Architecture Studio II
M, W, & F 2 PM - 6 PM
0 Points
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