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Alejandro Zaera-Polo

Alejandro Zaera-Polo © Princeton University, Office of Communications, photo by John Jameson (2012)

Alejandro Zaera-Polo is a contemporary architect and founder of London and New York-based Alejandro Zaera-Polo & Maider Llaguno Architecture (AZPML). He is the former dean of the School of Architecture at Princeton University and a prolific theorist, widely published in different professional media.

Alejandro Zaera-Polo’s practice has produced critically acclaimed and award winning projects for the public and private sector on an international scale. He favors a pragmatic approach, embracing technical rigor in a search towards a complex and organic architecture which unfolds through a broad variety of locations and typologies.

Yokohama International Passenger Terminal. Image © Satoru Mishima / FOA

He has also been an advisor to the Quality Commission for Architecture in Barcelona and to the Urban Age Think Tank of the London School of Economics. He has published extensively as a critic in professional magazines worldwide. El Croquis, Quaderns, A+U, Arch+, Harvard Design Magazine feature his work and he has contributed to numerous publications.

His most notable projects include the Yokohama International Cruise Terminal in Japan, the Revensbourne College of Design and Communication in the United Kingdom, the Carabanchel social housing project in Madrid, the Meydan retail complex and multiplex in Istanbul, the Spanish Pavilion at the 2005 International Expo in Japan, and the Dulnyouk Publishing headquarters in South Korea. He has also received numerous honors for his work, including the Enric Miralles Prize for Architecture, five RIBA awards from the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Venice Architecture Biennale Award and the Charles Jencks Award for Architecture.

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