ignacio g. galán
[ igg - office for architecture ]


Curators of the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016 Conference: Lluís Alexandre Casanovas Blanco, Ignacio González Galán, Carlos Mínguez Carrasco, Alejandra Navarrete Llopis, Marina Otero Verzier

Oslo Opera House

Oslo (Norway) / September 9, 2016

The After Belonging conference brings together architects, thinkers, decision-makers, and local experts in order to dissect the role of the architect in the contemporary reconfiguration of belonging. 

The Conference is organized in four sections: 

Global Expertise interrogates the role of the architect within current processes of globalization. By addressing economic, ecological, and logistic networks, this first section questions previous understandings of global expertise and practice, and seeks for a new common frame of action and discussion.

Sheltering Temporariness delves into the complexities of architectural action within the loaded social and political contexts in which notions of belonging and shelter are reconfigured. The section addresses contexts either affected by the alleged exceptionality of natural disasters or armed conflicts, or where precariousness has been normalized.

Productions of Locality looks at the practices and representations involved in the construction of identities in global regimes. Distinctive geographies will be addressed both in their instrumentalization for the markets of tourism or as a form of emancipation.

The Digital and the Real Estate analyzes architecture’s mediations within the technological and financial infrastructures supporting new ways of being together, considering both their potentials and challenges.

Participants: Amale Andraos, Yoshiharu Tsukamoto & Momoyo Kajima, Eyal Weizman, Grete Brochman, Gro Bonesmo, Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, Juan Herreros, Karl Otto Ellefsen, Kjetil Trædal Thorsen, Michel Feher, Negar Azimi, Even Westvang & Simen Svale Skogsrud, Per Heggenes, Reinhold Martin, John Palmesino & Ann-Sofi Rönnskog, Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Andreas G. Gjertsen, Yasmeen Lari


Acordeón Office Sidebar

  • About Open or Close

    [igg - office for architecture] is a design and research office based in New York City and led by Ignacio G. Galán, PhD. Our work focuses on architecture's role in the articulation of society through design projects, research, and pedagogical endeavors. The designs of the office have been awarded in competitions including the First Prize for the New Velodrome in Medellín and are part of the permanent collection of the Pompidou Center. The office was a finalist to the 2014 Iakov Chernikhov Prize as a result of its contributions to design culture. 

    We operate through diverse media and platforms and are continuously informed by different kinds of conversations and collaborations. Galán's research has led to the production of several publications and exhibitions including the installation Cinecittá Occupata for the 2014 Venice Biennale by invitation of the general curator Rem Koolhaas. Together with the After Belonging Agency, Galán was the Chief Curator of the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale (Graham Foundation Grant 2015). He is also a member of the research project Radical Pedagogies and has co-curated its exhibition at the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale and at the 2014 Venice Biennale, where it was awarded a Special Mention of the jury. He is currently one of the editors of the eponymous volume, forthcoming in 2020 by Sternberg Press (Graham Foundation Grant 2019).

    Additionally, Galán is an architecture historian working on the intersection of architecture, politics, and media, with a particular focus on nationalism, colonialism, and diverse forms of population displacement in the 20th and 21st centuries.

    Galán studied Architecture at ETSAMadrid and TUDelft, he graduated with Distinction from the MArchII program at Harvard GSD, and has a PhD in Architecture History and Theory of Architecture from Princeton. He has been a Fellow at the Spanish Academy in Rome and a Fulbright Scholar. He is Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture at Barnard+Columbia Colleges and has taught studios and seminars at Columbia GSAPP and PennDesign among others.

  • Statement Open or Close

    We understand architecture as a key agent participating in the articulation of society. 

    We explore the ways in which architecture contributes to the definition of new ways of being together.

    We are concerned with architecture's relation to cultural transfers, material networks, and diverse forms of population transience in a global context. The relation of these forms of circulation challenge our understanding of architecture (conventionally associated with control, enclosure, permanence, and stability), requires new imaginations for our ways of being together and consequently remains a realm for further inquiry and intervention.

    We are additionally interested in the objects, media technologies, and institutions transforming architecture's individual occupations, its collective operations, and its diverse types of mobilization. 

    These emphases lead the work of the office and continuously challenge our methods of analysis and our design practice.