Alejandro Aravena wins Marcus Prize for Architecture

Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena has been chosen as the 2009 recipient of the for Architecture. The for Architecture is a $100,000 prize funded by the Marcus Corporation Foundation and administered through the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning to recognize emerging talent in architecture worldwide.

During the spring 2010 semester (January through May, 2010), will make scheduled visits to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning, focusing a graduate studio on specific challenges in architecture that inspire enduring benefits to Milwaukee’s urban fabric.

Arevena’s firm, ELEMENTAL, a self-described “Do-Tank,” is affiliated with COPEC, a Chilean oil company and the Universidad Católica de Chile. The affiliation has a social/political agenda and considers architecture a source for building social equity. His work includes the Mathematics Faculty, the Medical Faculty, the Siamese Tower and the Architecture School for the Universidad Católica, dorm facilities for St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, new children workshops and training facilities for Vitra in Weil am Rhein, Germany. From 2000-2005, Aravena was Visiting Professor at Harvard GSD.

Cite: Jordana, Sebastian. "Alejandro Aravena wins Marcus Prize for Architecture" 10 Jun 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 24 May 2015. <>
  • PanamArq

    How does the affiliation with a university and oil company work??? is Elemental an independent firm who has partnered with COPEC and the university to work on specific projects while also working on their own independent work? Or is Elemental the architecture wing of COPEC and the University?

  • David Basulto [tricky]

    Elemental started as a project inside the university, as an independent office on which the University has a participation in terms of property.

    Copec funded Elemental because of its social work, but they don´t do architectural work for them.


    RT @archdaily:Alejandro Aravena wins Marcus Prize for Architecture

  • Design Metafeed

    #architecture Alejandro Aravena wins Marcus Prize for Architecture: Chilean architect Alejandro Ara..

  • PanamArq

    thanks! looks like an successful format because they are doing some really nice work!

  • MC

    Well deserved!

  • Toby


    Alejandro seems a great guy with a tremendous sense of personal social responsibility, I went to a very interesting talk by him at the RIBA London about his social housing work in Chile, If he is self promoting then more power to him, of course the prize is sponsored by an oil company, but the Nobel Peace Prize is sponsored by the inventor of dynamite! Good luck

  • JuanLuisBurke

    Alejandro looks like a younger version of Jim Jarmusch. Stupid comment aside, congrats to Alejandro, I like his work very much.

  • javier dagá kunze

    @archdaily interesante los proyectos de Aravena,