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Lecture: Cecilia Puga and Paula Velasco

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Some Characters in Search of An Author

A lecture from Cecilia Puga and Paula Velasco

Thursday, April 27, 2023, 6:00 pm

Betts Auditorium

School of Architecture



Cecilia Puga and Paula Velasco are directors and founding partners of Cecilia Puga - Paula Velasco Arquitectura, a practice that connects independent professionals from various disciplines and specialties. Through international competitions, the studio has been in charge of the new headquarters of Chile's Ministry of Cultures and Heritage, the infrastructure design project for Queulat National Park, and the master plan and preliminary project for Punta Arenas' International Passenger Terminal. Recently, they obtained first place in a public competition to design The National Archive Building in Valparaiso, Chile.


Cecilia Puga (Architect, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, 1990) has developed her professional practice in Santiago since 1995, where she has carried out design projects at different scales and programs, from single-family homes—most notably the House in Bahia Azul, to collective housing, educational and industrial equipment, and urban design such as the renovation of public spaces in Cerro Toro. She has developed her academic activity at Universidad Católica de Santiago, ETH Zurich’s School of Architecture, University of Texas at Austin, Harvard GSD, and Barcelona Institute of Architecture. Her work has been featured in several national and international specialized publications, including the 53rd issue of journal 2G which was dedicated to her work. Her office was one of the 100 offices around the world selected by Herzog & De Meuron to design a villa in Inner Mongolia, within the context of the Ordos 100 project, led by artist Ai Wei Wei.


Paula Velasco (Architect, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, 2005; Master of Science, Emergent Technologies and Design, Architectural Association, 2010) is an assistant professor at Universidad Católica de Chile’s School of Architecture since 2012, parallel to her professional practice. She was one of the five runner-ups of the 2013 YAP Constructo competition and was nominated for the Rolex program “Mentor and Protégé”. The following year she was invited by Chile’s British Council to do an International Architecture Residency during the London Festival.



Lectures made possible by the Jean Labatut Memorial Lectures in Architecture and Urban Planning Fund. The School of Architecture, Princeton University, is registered with the AIA Continuing Education (AIA/CE) and is committed to developing quality learning activities in accordance with the AIA/CE criteria. Members of the AIA can log credits for this event by completing the form at the event.