LECTURE | Xavier Vendrell, "Rural Studio"
Xavier Vendrell studied architecture in his native city of Barcelona, where he has practiced architecture since 1983. His award-winning work embraces a range of scales from landscape architecture to urban design, public buildings, housing, and interior design. His office was involved in several projects for the 1992 Olympic Games. Vendrell has also taught at the Barcelona School of Architecture, Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and he is currently professor and chair of the Graduate Program at Auburn University. In 1999 Vendrell founded Studio Chicago/Barcelona, a collaborative practice of architecture, landscape architecture, and design. In 2005, he was among those selected for the exhibition Chicago Architecture: TEN VISIONS at the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2012 his studio was one of the five finalists of the international competition for Navy Pier in Chicago. In 2017 He won the FAD award for the Joan Oliver Park in Barcelona in collaboration with Data AE.