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ignacio g. galán

[ igg – office for architecture ]

Ignacio G. Galán is a New York-based architect, historian, and curator. His work explores and intervenes in the entanglements of architecture, politics, and the making of society, with attention to questions of residence, citizenship, belonging, and kinship. These interests manifest in design projects as much as in diverse scholarly and curatorial endeavors concerning nationalism, colonialism, migration, and disability cultures. His work operates across media and is continuously informed by different collaborations.

The collaborative designs of the office have been awarded in different competitions including the Second Prize for the Beti Jai Stadium in Madrid and the First Prize for the New Velodrome in Medellín, which is part of the permanent collection of the Pompidou Center. The office has recently designed and built a number of projects exploring new forms of residence, hospitality, and care, including Another Seedbed (Shortlised Dezeen Awards) and Beyond-the-family Kin (recently published in Architectural Record).

His work has been included in the international exhibition at the 2021 Venice Biennale (Your Restroom is a Battleground and The Restroom Pavilion), the 2014 Venice Biennale (Cinecittà Occupata), and at the Center for Architecture in New York in 2022 (Aging Against the Machine) among other venues. His scholarship has been published in a number of journals including Architectural Review, JSAH, JAE, and JDH among others. Together with the After Belonging Agency, he was the chief curator of the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale, and a co-editor of After Belonging: The Objects, Spaces, and Territories of the Ways We Stay in Transit, published by Lars Muller. He is also a member of the research project Radical Pedagogies and was a co-curator of its exhibition at the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale and the 2014 Venice Biennale, and a co-editor of the homonymous book, published by MIT Press.

Galán is Assistant Professor at Barnard and Columbia Colleges and teaches both undergraduate studios, seminars, and lectures as well as graduate courses at Columbia GSAPP. He graduated as an architect at ETSAM, holds an MArchII from Harvard GSD as well as an MA and a PhD from Princeton University. He is a licensed architect in Spain.

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