Venue: Davis Theatre, Arts Block, Trinity College Dublin
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN KINDLY SPONSORED BY THE PORTUGUESE EMBASSY, IRELAND
At the same time that old dichotomies such as global and local, modern and vernacular, rural and urban, refined tradition and local culture, seem to erode, blending into each other, Ricardo Bak Gordon work, as a professional architect and teacher, finds itself between the inevitability of a point of departure and an opening up to the world.
Working with the traditional methods of the discipline – brief interpretation, respect for the place, use of stable forms and memory as a support for action – Ricardo Bak Gordon keeps on innovatively treading his own path, alone or in varied associations with artists and other architects, without breaking away with his cultural legacy.
The lecture will present some of the architectural work developed by Bak Gordon Arquitectos office, from the small scale of a southern Portuguese house to a new masterplan for the growing city of Maputo in Mozambique.
Ricardo Bak Gordon was born in Lisbon in 1967. He graduated in 1990 at the Faculty of Architecture of Lisbon Technical University. During his studies he also attended the Faculty of Architecture of Porto University and the Milan Polytechnic Institute.
He is currently a visiting professor in the Integrated Master Degree (MSc) in Architecture at the Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Lisbon. He has also lectured and/or attended as visiting professor at several universities and institutions such as the Faculty of Architecture of Lisbon Technical University, the Porto Art School, the University Lusíada, the Lisbon University Autónoma, the Madrid University Camilo José Cela, the Salamanca University, the Catalonia College of Architects, the Milan Polytechnic Institute, the Venice University Cá Foscari, the Sardegna University of Sassari, the Academy of Architecture of Mendrisio, the University of Brasília, the University of São Francisco de Quito, the Ozone Gallery in Tokyo or the Venice University IUAV.
His activity as an architect has been developed since 1990, and in the year 2000 he created the studio Bak Gordon Arquitectos, where he currently works.
He was the author of the Portugal Pavilion in ExpoZaragoza 2008, of the Portugal Pavilion in São Paulo Biennial 2007 and of the exhibition project in the first edition of Lisbon International Architecture Triennial 2007.
His work as an architect was presented in different exhibitions in Portugal, Spain, Italy, United Kingdom, Germany, Czech Republic, Mexico, Ecuador, Brazil, Macau and Japan; and published on prestigious editions of the specialty.
He was a nominee for the Mies van der Rohe prize in 2009 and 2011; and winner of the FAD PRIZE 2011 (Barcelona, Spain). He was one of Portugal’s representatives at the Venice Biennale in 2010 and 2012.
The post-talk conversation will be chaired by Andrew Clancy of Clancy Moore Architects.