PIER VITTORIO AURELI
AA Diploma School Unit Master; Director City-Architecture
Pier Vittorio Aureli is an architect and educator. His work focuses on the relationship between architecture, politics, and urban history. Aureli teaches at the Architectural Association where he is Diploma Unit Master, lecturer in the History & Theory Programme and Director of the “City/Architecture” PhD Programme. Since 2013 he is The William B. and Charlotte Shepherd Davenport Visiting Professor, Yale School of Architecture. He has taught at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam, Columbia University in New York, TU Delft, Accademia di Architettura in Mendrisio, Switzerland, and at the Barcelona Institute of Architecture. 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).
Together with Martino Tattara, he is the co-founder of Dogma, an architectural practice 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.
– 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 Sommerakademie für 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 (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2011).
– The Project of Autonomy: Politics and Architecture within and against Capitalism (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2008).
– Less is Enough: On Architecture and Asceticism (Moscow: Strelka Press, 2013).
Co-authored and edited Books (Selection)
– The City as a Project (Berlin: Ruby Press, 2014), editor.
– Rituals and Walls: The Politics of Sacred Space (London: AA Publications, 2016), co-author
– Like a Rolling Stone: Revisiting the Architecture of the Boarding House (Milan: Black Square, 2016).
– Communal Villa (Leipzig: Spector Books, 2015), co-author (with Dogma)
– Dogma 11 Projects (London: AA Publications: London, 2013), co-author (with Dogma)
– Rome: The Centre(s) Elsewhere (Milan: Skira, 2011), co-author
Selected Essays, Book Chapters and Articles
– ‘Familiar Horror: Toward a Critique of Domestic Space’. In “Log 39”, Fall 2016, with Maria Shéhérazade Giudici
– ‘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 Filippo 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” 1, 2016.
– ‘History, Architecture and Labor: A Program of Research’. In Peggy Deamer et al. (eds.): Asymmetric Labors: The Economy of Architecture in Theory and Practice (New York: Architecture Lobby, 2016).
– ‘Intangible and Concrete: Notes on Architecture and Abstraction’. In “E-Flux Journal” 64, April 2016.
– ‘Production/Reproduction: Housing Beyond the Family’. In “Harvard Design Magazine” 41, 2016, with Martino Tattara.
– ‘A Room of One’s Own: Preliminary Notes on the Architecture of the Room”. In “Volume” 46, Winter 2015, 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 (ed.), 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, 2015).
– ‘The Dom-ino Problem: Questioning the Architecture of Domestic Space’. In “Log 30” Winter 2014.
– ‘The Return of the Factory’. In Kadri Klementi et al. Recycling Socialism, Catalogue of the Tallinn Architecture Biennale (Tallinn: TAB, 2014).
– ‘Manfredo Tafuri, Archizoom and Superstudio and the Critique of Ideology’. In Peggy Deamer (ed.) Architecture and Capitalism: 1845 – Present (London: Routledge, 2013).
– ‘More Money and Less Work: Notes on Archizoom’. In Alex Coles, Catharine Rossi EP V. 1 The Italian Avant-Garde, 1968-1976 (London: Sternberg Press, 2013).
– ‘In Hilberseimer’s Footsteps’ in Ludwig Hilberseimer, Metropolis-Architecture (New York: GSAPP Sourcebook, 2013).
– ‘Indifference and Absorption of Architectural Form: Notes on Le Corbusier’s La Tourette Monastery’. In “San Rocco” n. 7, Fall 2013, with Maria Shéhérazade Giudici.
– ‘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 “Scapegoat” 3, Spring/Summer 2012.
– ‘Pretty Vacant: Architecture Between Monumentality and Abstraction’ in Atelier Kempe Thill: Projects and Buildings 1999-2011 (Hamburg: Hatje Kantz, 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 “AA Files” 63, Fall 2011.
– ‘Labour and Architecture: Revisiting Cedric Price’s Potteries 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 Transformation’. 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 (eds.), First Works: Emerging Architectural Experimentation of the 1960s and 1970s (London: Architectural Association, 2009).
– ‘The Geopolitics of the Ideal Villa: Andrea Palladio and an Anti-Ideal Project of the city’ In “AA Files” 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 (ed.) 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.
– ‘City as Political Form’. In: Power. Producing the Contemporary City (Rotterdam: NAI Publishers, 2007).
– ‘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 (ed.) Enciclopedia Arte-Novecento, (Milan: Motta Editore 2006).
– ‘From Nothingness to Nothing at All. An answer to Rem Koolhaas’. In “Hunch, The Berlage Report” 4, 2001, with Irene Amanti Lund.
– ‘Architecture For a World Without People: The Story of Jan-Gert Willemse’ in”Hunch, The Berlage Report” 4, 2001.
Organized Seminar Series, Conferences and Symposia
– “Labor and Architecture: Space and the Production of Subjectivity”, one-day Symposium at the Architectural Association, London, 13/11/2015. Speakers: Fabrizio Ballabio, Peggy Deamer, Fabrizio Gallanti, Maria S. Giudici, Francesco Marullo, Andreas Rumpfhuber.
– “The Dom-ino Effect: The Legacy of Le Corbusier’s Maison Dom-ino”, one day symposium at the Architectural Association, London, 15/3/2014. Speakers: Tim Benton, Peter Carl, Maria S. Giudici, Justin McGuirk, Platon Issaias, Marina Lathouri, Mary McLeod, Francesco Passanti, Stanislaus Von Moos.
– “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, Branden W. Joseph, Douglas Spencer, David Gissen.
– “The Non-Figurative City: Rethinking the Legacy of Ludwig Hilberseimer”, one day symposium at the Berlage Institute, Rotterdam, 19/03/2010. Speakers: Andrea Branzi, Philippe Morel, 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 Speakers: Giorgio Ciucci, Luis Fernandez-Galiano, Richard Ingersoll, Joan Ockman, Andreas Ruby, Mario Tronti, Elia Zenghelis
Supervised in-progress PhD theses:
– 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.-
Jingru Cyan, ‘Hukou Reform as Urban Reform: Rethinking the Superblock as New Model for Governance in China’, Architectural Association, London.
– Olivia Neves Marra, ‘The Garden as Political Form: From Archetype to Project’, Architectural Association, London.
– Samaneh Moafi, ‘Housing the Masses: Domestic Architecture, Governance and Conflict in Iran’, Architectural Association, London.
– Davide Sacconi, ‘Archetypes: A Project for the Brazilian city’. Architectural Association, London.
– Ricardo Ruivo Pereira, ‘Learning from Leningrad: Complexity and Contradiction in Socialist Architecture’. Architectural Association, London.
Supervised successfully completed PhD Theses
– Gabriela Garcia de Cortazar Galleguillos, ‘The Coreography of the Modern City’, Architectural Association London, 2016.
– Alejandra Celedon Forster, ‘The Rhetoric of the Plan’, Architectural Association, London, 2014.
– Ross Exo Adams, ‘To Fill The Hearth: Architecture and the Horizon of Urbanization’. London Consortium, London.
– Christopher C.M. Lee, ‘Dominant Types: Typological Ideas for and from the City’, TUDelft / Berlage Institute, 2012.
– Bernardina Borra, ‘The Architecture of Co-operation. A project for Organizing Collective Creativity’, TUDelft / Berlage Institute, 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, 201.