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Pep Avilés

Assistant Professor of Architecture, Stuckeman Career Development Professorship in Design
Portrait of Penn State Assistant Professor, Stuckeman Career Development Professorship in Design Pep Avilés

Pep Avilés is a historian, architect, and professor whose academic research explores the cultural territories of architectural materials and specifically, their role in the redefinition of modern architecture from the 1930s. He has published extensively in international publications and curated exhibitions on modern architecture and mass media.

  • Education
    • Visiting Student from Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, Stockholm, Sweden in 1996
    • Studied at Escola Tècnica d’Arquitectura de Barcelona, E.T.S.A.B. Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in 2000
    • Visiting Scholar from Columbia University in 2006
    • M.ARCH from Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona, E.T.S.A.B., Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in 2008
    • MA from Princeton University in 2008
    • Media and Modernity Certificate from Princeton University in 2010
    • Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2016
  • Courses Taught
    • Undergraduate Thesis
    • Graduate Thesis
    • Architecture, Materials, Culture
  • Honors + Awards


    • Digital Humanities Travel Fellowship, Princeton University.


    • Harold W. Dodds. Honorific Fellowship, Princeton University.
    • TDA Bank Group-CCA Collection Research Grant, Canadian Center for Architecture in Montreal and Princeton University.


    • Richard Cramer Fellowship, Princeton University.


    • Joseph Memorial Shanley ‘17 Memorial Award, Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies.
    • Margaret Goheen, Summer Travel & Research Fellowship, Princeton University.


    • Howard Crosby Butler Travel & Research Fellowship, Princeton School of Architecture.


    • Henry N. Young III Award, Princeton University.


    • Travel Fellowship, Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, K.T.H. Stockholm, Sweden.


    • Erasmus Fellowship. Arkitekturskolan, K.T.H. Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Exhibitions + Productions


    • Co-curator with Beatriz Colomina, “Playboy Architecture 1953–1979.” Elmhurst Art Museum, Chicago, May 7 to August 28.


    • Contributor, Pietro Belluschi and György Kepes at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1951–1965 for “Radical Pedagogies: Action-Reaction-Interaction,” Monditalia Section, 14th International Architectural
    • Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, June 7, 2014 to October 23. Special Mention.
    • Assistant curator. “Playboy Architecture 1953–1979.” Frankfurt. Deutsches Architekturmuseum, February 15 to April 20.


    • Assistant curator. “Playboy Architecture 1953–1979.” Maastricht, NAiM / Bureau Europa, September 29, 2012, to February 10, 2013.


    • Invited architect. The Loitering Shipwrecked, Exhibition “Past Futures, Present, Futures.” Storefront for Art and Architecture, October–November.


    • Research team. “Utopia’s Ghost: Postmodernism Reconsidered.” Director: Reinhold Martin, Canadian Center for Architecture.


    • Architectural work. “House in Micheldorf,” Exhibition of work done by faculty Members, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University, September.


    • Architectural work. “Europan VI. In Between Cities, Architectural Dynamics and New Urbanity.” Sala de Arquería de Nuevos Ministerios, Madrid.
    • Architectural work. “Europan VI. In Between Cities, Architectural Dynamics and New Urbanity.” Liege, Belgium.
  • Publications + Presentations


    • Pep Avilés, “Nikolaus Pevsner, Photography, and the Architecture of Antoni Gaudí,” Getty Reseach Journal, 14, (Summer 2021): 123-150.


    • “On Membranes, Masks, and Siegfried Ebeling’s Raumkubus,” in Climates: Architecture and the Planetary Imaginary, ed., James Graham with Caitlin Blanchfield, Alissa Anderson, Jordan Carver and Jacob Moore, (New York and Zurich: Columbia Books on Architecture and the City and Lars Müller Publishers, 2016), 319–327.


    • “Essays in Continuous Conversation,” in The Other Architect, ed., Giovanna Borasi, (Montreal, Canadian Center for Architecture & Spector Books, 2015), 403.
    • Editor, Siegfried Ebeling: El espacio como membrana, (Barcelona: Mudito & Co, 2015). Trans. Guillermo López Ibáñez and Pep Avilés. Spanish edition of Der Raum als Membran, (Dessau: C. Dünnhaupt, 1926)
  • Built Works


    • House in Pichicuy, Chile. In progress.


    • House for a Paraglider and Cameraman, Micheldorf, Austria. Unbuilt.
    • House Upstate New York, US. Unbuilt.


    • Competition, Housing Development and Museum in Ås, Norway.


    • Award. Competition. Portes de Collserola: Porta de la Trinitat. Towards an Ecological Brutalism, Barcelona


    • Competition. Social Center in Barcelona, Spain.


    • Runner up. Competition. Contemporary Architecture Foundation, Córdoba, Spain.


    • Competition. San Josepe’s Quarry, Basque Country, Spain.


    • Apartment Design and Construction, Escipió st., Barcelona, Spain.


    • Apartment Design and Construction, Joan de Garay st., Barcelona, Spain, 2002–04.
    • Europan VIII Competition. Housing Development in Sagunto, Spain.


    • Young Architects’ Competition. Housing c. Bronce, Barcelona, Spain.


    • Award. Europan VI Competition. Housing in Añaza, Tenerife. Spain.
    • Apartment Design and Construction, Sardenya st., Barcelona, Spain, 2000–01.


    • Apartment Design and Construction, Pi I Margall st., Barcelona, Spain.
  • Service + Affiliations


    • Member of the Graduate School’s Committee on Academic Standards