Pedro Aparicio

Pedro Aparicio (born in Bogotá, 1986) is a Colombian architect and research associate at the Harvard GSD Office for Urbanization. Aparicio is co-founding partner of Altiplano, an architecture and research office based in Bogotá that works by overlapping construction techniques with geographic enquiries. With a strong conviction for collective work and collaboration, Altiplano develops projects across sectors and scales in Colombia. The work has been recognized in public competitions and appeared in the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale. In parallel, Altiplano co-founded CAMPO, an interdisciplinary cultural space for critical dialogue and exhibition. CAMPO received a 2016 Graham Foundation Grant under Public Programs for the project Colombian Architecture Banal.

Trained as an architect in Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Aparicio received a Fulbright Scholarship for Regional Development and pursued a Master in Design Studies post-professional degree in Urbanism Landscape Ecology from Harvard Graduate School of Design. He graduated from Harvard in 2016 with distinction and was awarded the Gerald M. McCue Medal for the highest academic achievement. Devoted to exploring collective processes of fieldwork interrogation and experiment in research performance, Aparicio makes work that investigates socio-spatial patterns that emerge within tropical contingencies. He is particularly interested in active volcanism as a medium to shift narratives of spatial organization beyond notions of fixed space. As part of his research, he served in 2015 as a visiting researcher at the Rujak Center for Urban Studies in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Apparel Design Architecture Ceramics Digital + Media Experimental and Foundation Studies Film / Animation / Video Furniture Design Glass Graduate Studies Graphic Design History of Art + Visual Culture History, Philosophy + the Social Sciences Illustration Industrial Design Interior Architecture Jewelry + Metalsmithing Landscape Architecture Literary Arts + Studies Painting Photography Printmaking Sculpture Teaching + Learning in Art + Design Textiles