Pier Vittorio Aureli
Pier Vittorio Aureli is an architect and educator. Aureli teaches at the Architectural Association where he is Director of studies in the PhD program, lecturer in the History and Theory program and Unit Master in the diploma school. Currently he is The William B. and Shepherd Davenport Visiting Professor, Yale School of Architecture. He has taught at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, and Columbia University in New York. Aureli is the author of several books including The Project of Autonomy: Politics and Architecture Within and Against Capitalism (2008), The Possibility of an Absolute Architecture (2011), and Ritual and Walls: The Architecture of Sacred Space (2016, with Maria Shéhérazade Giudici), The Room of One’s Own (2017, with Dogma) and Loveless: Minimum Dwelling and its Discontents (2019, with Dogma).
Together with Martino Tattara, he is the co-founder of Dogma, an office for architecture based in Brussels. Since the beginning, Dogma has developed a specific interest in large-scale interventions and in urban research. Currently Dogma is working on a research by design trajectory that focuses on domestic space and its potential for transformation. Besides being an architect and educator, Aureli is also a painter. The first solo exhibition of his paintings has taken place at Betts Project gallery in London in 2018.
– PhD in Architecture, Technische Universiteit, Delft, Berlage Institute, Rotterdam, 2005.
– Doctorate in Urban Planning, Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia (I.U.A.V), 2003
– Master in Architecture, The Berlage Institute, Rotterdam, 2001
– Laurea in Architettura, full marks cum laude, Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia (I.U.A.V), 1999.
– Studies at the Somer Akademie fur Bildende Kunst, Salzburg, 1990-1992
– Studies at the Accademia di Belle Arti, Rome, 1991-1992
– Diploma Liceo Artistico, Rome, 1987-1991
– The Possibility of an Absolute Architecture (MIT Press: Cambridge, Ma., 2011)
– The Project of Autonomy: Politics and Architecture within and against Capitalism (Princeton – – Architectural Press: New York, 2008)
– Less is Enough: On Architecture and Asceticism (Strelka Press: Moscow, 2013)
Co-authored and edited Books (Selection)
– Loveless: Minimum Dwelling and Its Discontents (Black Square: Milan, 2019), co-author with Dogma
– The Room of One’s Own (Black Square: Milan, 2017), co-author with Dogma
– Like a Rolling Stone: Revisiting the Architecture of the Boarding House (Black Square: Milan, 2016), co-author with Dogma and Black Square.
-Communal Villa (Spector Books: Leipzig, 2015), co-author with Dogma and Realism Working Group.
– Rituals and Walls: The Politics of Sacred Space (AA Publications: London 2016), co-editor with Maria Shéhérazade Giudici
– The City as a Project (Ruby Press: Berlin, 2014), editor
– Dogma 11 Peojects (AA Pubblications: London, 2013), co-author with Dogma
– Rome: The Centre(s) Elsewhere (Skira: Milan, 2011), co-editor with Martino Tattara and Gabriele Mastrigli
Selected Essays, Book Chapters and Articles
– ‘Labor and Work in Architecture’ in “Harvard Design Magazine”, No. 46, Fall/Winter, 2018.
– ‘Loveless: A Short History of Minimum Dwelling’ in Eszter Steierhoffer, Justin McGuirk (editors), Home Futures: Living in Yesterday’s Tomorrow (London: Design Museum, 2018), with Martino Tattara and Marson Korbi.
– ‘The Home at Work: A Genealogy of Housing for the Laboring Classes’ in “Harvard Design Magazine”, No. 46, Fall/Winter, 2018, co-authored with Dogma
– ‘Appropriation, Subdivision, Abstraction: A Political History of the Grid’ in “Log 44”, Fall 2018.
– ‘The Form of Otium: Labor and Leisure in Greek and Roman Domestic Space’ in Marina Otero Verzier (editor), Work, Body Liesure (Berlin: Hatje Cantz, 2018), co-authored with Maria Shéhérazade Giudici.
– ‘The Forest and the Cell: Notes on Mosej Ginzburg’s Green City’ in “Harvard Design Magazine”, No. 45, Spring/Summer, 2018, co-author with Dogma.
– ‘Life Abstracted: Notes on the Floor Plan’ in “E-Flux Architecture’, Fall 2017 https://www.e-flux.com/architecture/representation/159199/life-abstracted-notes-on-the-floor-plan/
– ‘Wohnen und arbeiten: miteinander leben’ in: Jesko Fezer, Nikolaus Hirsch, Wilfried Kuehn, Hilla Peleg (editors), Wohnungsfrage (Berlin: Matthes & Seitz, 2017), co-author with Dogma.
– ‘The Room of One’s Own: A Short History of the Private Room’ in Dogma, The Room of One’s Own (Milan: Black Square, 2017), co-author with Dogma.
– ‘Familiar Horror: Toward a Critique of Domestic Space’ in “Log 39”, Fall 2016, with Maria Shéherazade Giudici
– ‘Il Ritorno della Fabbrica: appunti su territorio, architettura, operai e capitale’, in “Operaviva”, December 2016, https://operavivamagazine.org/il-ritorno-della-fabbrica/
– ‘The Field and the Monument: Nicholas Hawksmoor’s Churches vs. Georgian London’ in “OASE 97”, fall 2016
– ‘Do you Remember Counter Revolution: The Politics of Flippo Brunelleschi’s Syntactic Architecture’ in “AA Files 71”, Winter 2016.
– ‘How To Become an Architect: Review of Becoming an Architect in Renaissance Italy: Art, Science, and the Career of Baldassarre Peruzzi by Ann C. Huppert, in “Real Review”, n.1, 2016.
– ‘History, Architecture and Labor: A Research Program in Peggy Deamer et al. (editors): Asymmetric Labors: The Economy of Architecture in Theory and Practice (Architecture Lobby: New York, 2016).
– ‘Intangible and Concrete: Notes on Architecture and Abstraction’ in “E-Flux Journal” n. 64, April 2016.
– ‘Production/Reproduction: Housing Beyond the Family in “Harvard Design Magazine” n. 46, 2016, co-author with Martino Tattara.
‘A Room of One’s Own: Preliminary Notes on the Architecture of the Room” in “Volume” n. 46, Winter 2015, co-author with Martino Tattara.
– ‘A Room Without Ownership’ in Hannes Meyer: Co-Op interieur (Spector Books: Leipzig, 2015)
– “Architecture and Counterrevolution: OMA and the Politics of the Grands Projets’ in “OASE 94”, 2015.
– ‘Form and Labor: Towards a History of Abstraction in Architecture’ in Peggy Deamer (ediror), The Architect as Worker: Immaterial Labor, the Creative Class and the Politics of Design, (London: Bloomsbury, 2015).
– ‘Dwelling Within Abstraction’ in Albert Pope, Ladders (Princeton Architectural Press: New York, f2015).
– ‘The Dom-ino Problem: Questioning the Architecture of Domestic Space’ in “Log 30” Winter 2013, Winter 2014.
– ‘The Return of the Factory’ in Kadri Klementi et al. Recycling Socialism, Catalogue of Tallin Architectural Biennale (TAB: Tallin, 2014).
– ‘Manfredo Tafuri, Archizoom and Superstudio and the Critique of Ideology’ In Peggy Deamer (ed.) Architecture and Capitalism: 1845 – Present (Routledge: London, 2013).
– ‘More Money and Less Work: Notes on Archizoom’ in Alex Coles, Catharine Rossi EP V. 1 The Italian Avant-Garde, 1968-1976 (Sternberg Press: London, 2013).
– ‘In Hilberseimer’s Footsteps’ in Ludwig Hilberseimer, Metropolis-Architecture (GSAPP Sourcebook: New York, 2013).
– ‘Indifference and Absorption of Architectural Form: Notes on Le Corbusier’s La Tourette Monastery’ (With Maria Shéherazade Giudici), in “San Rocco” n. 7, Fall 2013.
– ‘The Theology of Tabula Rasa: Walter Benjamin and the Architecture in the Age of Precarity’ in “Log 27” Winter 2013.
– ‘Manet: Images for a World Without People’ in “Scapegoat3” Spring/Summer, 2012
– ‘Pretty Vacant: Architecture Between Monumentality and Abstraction’ in Atelier Kempe Till: Project and Buildings 1999-2011 (Hatje Kantz: Hamburg, 2012).
– “Rethinking the Autonomy of Architecture: The Architectural Project and the Production of Subjectivity” in “Harvard Design Magazine 35”, Spring/Summer 2012.
– ‘Architecture for Barbarians: Ludwig Hilberseimer and the Rise of the Generic City’ in AAFiles 63, Fall 2011.
– ‘Labour and Architecture: Revisiting Cedric Price’s Pottery Thinkbelt’ in “Log 23”, Fall 2011.
– ‘The Barest Form in Which Architecture Can Exist: Notes on Ludwig Hilberseimer’s Chicago Tribune Building’ in “SanRocco 2”, Spring/Summer 2011
– ‘City as Political Form: Four Archetypes of Urban Tranformation’ in “Architectural Design” Volume 81, Issue 1, January February 2011.
– ‘Recontextualizing Tafuri’s Critique of Ideology’ in “Log 18”, Winter 2010.
-‘Aldo Rossi: Locomotiva 2, Competition Entry for a Directional Centre, Turin, Italy’ in Brett Steele, Francisco Gonzales de Canales (edited by) First Works: Emerging Architectural Experimentation of the 1960’s and 1970’s (London: Architectural Association, 2009)
– ‘The Geopolitics of the Ideal Villa: Andrea Palladio and an Anti-Ideal Project of the city’ In AAFiles 65, Fall 2010.
– ‘More and More About Less and Less: Notes Towards a History of Non-Figurative Architecture’ in “Log 16” Spring/Summer 2009.
– ‘Secular Monumentality in the Architecture of Palladio and Mies’ in Florian Sauter (edited by) Iconoclastia: News From a Post-Iconic World (Barcelona: Actar, 2009).
– ‘Architecture as Framework: The Project of the City and the Crisis of Neo-Liberalism’ in “New Geographies 1” Winter 2009.
– ‘Towards the Archipelago: Defining the Formal and the Political in Architecture’ in “log 11”, Winter 2008.
– ‘The difficult whole. Typology and the singularity of individuality of the urban artifact in the early work by Aldo Rossi. 1954-1964’ In “Log 9”, Spring 2007.
– “Aldo Rossi” Entry in Umberto Eco (edited by) Enciclopedia Arte-Novecento, (Milan: Motta Editore 2006)
– “From Nothingness to Nothing at All. An answer to Rem Koolhaas” (with Irene Lund), in “Hunch, The Berlage Report” n.4, 2001.
– “Labor and Architecture: Space and the Production of Subjectivity”, One-day Symposium. 13/11/2015 Speakers: Fabrizio Ballabio, Peggy Deamer, Fabrizio Gallanti, Maria S. Giudici, Francesco Marullo, Andreas Rumpfhuber, 2015
– “The Dom-ino Effect: The Legacy of Le Corbusier’s Maison Dom-ino”, One day symposium. 15/3/2014 Speakers: Tim Benton, Peter Carl, Maria S. Giudici, Justin McGuirk, Platon Issaias, Marina Lathouri, Mary McLeod, Francesco Passanti, Stanislaus Von Moos, 2014
– “The City as a Project” PhD seminars series at the Berlage Institute, 2010-2012.
Speakers: Sven-Olov Wallestein, Mary McLeod, Joan Ockman, Lucia Allais, Matteo Pasquinelli, Cesare Birignani, Felicity Scott, Mario Carpo, Lukasz Stanek, Sebastien Marot, Jean Louis Cohen, Anthony Vidler, Philippe Morel, Andrew Leach, Gail Day, Braden W. Joseph, Douglas Spencer.
– “The Non-Figurative City: Rethinking the Legacy of Ludwig Hilberseimer”, one day symposium at the Berlage Institute, 19/03/2010.
Invited speakers: Andrea Branzi, Philippe Morell, Charles Waldheim, Markus Kilian, Martino Tattara, Albert Pope.
– “Critical Judgement: Architectural Criticism and the Politics of City Form” one day symposium at the Academia Belgica in Rome. 11/11/2008
Invited speakers: Giorgio Ciucci, Luis Fernandez-Galiano, Richard Ingersoll, Joan Ockman, Andreas Ruby, Mario Tronti, Elia Zenghelis
Supervised in-progress PhD theses
– Gili Merin, ‘Towards Jerusalem: The Architecture of Pilgrimage’, Architectural Association, London.
– Ioanna Piniara, ‘We Have Never Been Private! The Housing Project in Neoliberal Europe’, Architectural Association, London
– Brendon Carlin: ‘Territorialised Interiors: Non Typological Architecture in Japan’, Architectural Association London
– Georgios Eftaxiopoulos, ‘Towards a Critique of Flexibility in Architecture’, Architectural Association, London.
– Olivia Neves Marra, ‘The Garden as Political Form: From Archetype to Project’, Architectural Association, London
– Davide Sacconi, ‘Archetypes: A Project for the Brazilian city’. Architectural Association, London
Supervised successfully completed PhD Theses
– Jingru Cyan Cheng, ‘Care and Rebellion: The Dissolved Household in Contemporary Rural China’, Architectural Association, London
– Samaneh Moafi, ‘Housing the Masses: Domestic Architecture, Governance and Conflict in Iran’, Architectural Association, London
– Ricardo Ruivo Pereira, ‘Learning from Leningrad: Complexity and Contradiction in Socialist Architecture’. Architectural Association, London.
– Gabriela Garcia de Cortazar Galleguilos, ‘The Coreography of the Modern City’, Architectural Association London, 2016.
– Alejandra Celedon Forster, The Rethoric of the Plan, Architectural Association, London, 2014.
– Christopher C.M. Lee, ‘Dominant Types: Typological Ideas for and from the City’, TUDelft/Berlage Institute, 2012
– Ross Exo Adams, ‘To Fill The Hearth: Architecture and the Horizon of Urbanization’. London Consortium, London, 2014.
– Bernardina Borra, The Architecture of Co-operation. A Project for Organizing Collective Creativity, 2014
– Amir Djalali, ‘Common Space: The Architecture of Collective Cooperation’, TUDelft/Berlage Institute, 2014
– Fernando Donis, ‘The Public Frame’, TUDelft/Berlage Institute, 2014
– Maria S. Giudici, ‘The Street as a Project: The Space of the City and the Construction of the Modern Subject ”, TUDelft/Berlage Institute, 2014
– Platon Issaias, ‘Beyond the Informal City: The Lump City of Athens and the Possibility of an Urban Common’, TUDelft/Berlage Institute, 2014
– Hamed Khosravi, ‘Camp of Faith: On Political Theology and Urban Form’, TUdelft/Berlage Institute, 2014
– Francesco Marullo, ‘Typical Plan: The Architecture of Labour and the Space of Production’, TUDelft/Berlage Institute, 2014.