Ignacio G. Galán is a New York based architect and scholar, Principal of [igg—office for architecture] and Term Assistant Professor in Professional Practice at Barnard+Columbia Colleges. Prior to joining the Department of Architecture at Barnard+Columbia Colleges, Galán has taught studios and seminars at Columbia GSAPP and PennDesign.
His work considers architecture’s role in the articulation of society. He is particularly concerned with the architectures of residence; their relation to processes of cultural and material circulation and population transience; and the objects, media, and institutions transforming their occupation.
His dissertation, "Circulating interiors: The logics of arredamento and the furnishing of national imaginaries in Italy 1922-1945," examines the transformation of the architectural interior in Italy in the interwar period through the lens of its circulation, and the entanglement of such circulation in narratives of national formation and their international dissemination.
The designs of his firm have been awarded in competitions including the First Prize for the New Velodrome in Medellín, and he was finalist to the 2014 Iakov Chernikhov Prize. His work 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, and is part of the permanent collection of the Pompidou Center.
His work unfolds through diverse media and platforms and is continuously informed by different kinds of conversations and collaborations. Together with the After Belonging Agency, he is the Chief Curator of the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale (Graham Foundation Award 2015) and co-editor of the homonymous book (Lars Muller, 2016). He previously collaborated in the research project Radical Pedagogies, led by Beatriz Colomina at Princeton SOA, 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 and has co-authored several articles on the topic.
Galan studied architecture at ETSAMadrid and TU Delft, he graduated as a Fulbright Scholar from the MArchII program at Harvard GSD, and obtained his PhD in Architecture History and Theory from Princeton in 2018. He was a Fellow at the Spanish Academy in Rome in the year 2013-14.