About this Event

For Didier Faustino, the process of the architect, artist, or designer must preserve an engagement with political, social, and cultural issues. Since founding his Bureau des Mésarchitectures in 2002, Faustino has developed an expressive multidisciplinary practice in art and architecture that highlights the complex relationship between the body and the spaces it inhabits. By challenging the boundaries of these spaces, his work explores the precarious equilibrium between public and private space.  His lecture will feature ten projects chosen to make explicit the issues on which he focuses in his practice; these projects include his “under construction” building in Mexico for Alumnos 47, with which he will explain his method of “building intimacy.”

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About Didier Faustino

Didier FAUSTINO
As an artist and an architect, Didier Faustino works on the affinity between body and space.

He started his own practice at the crossroad of art and architecture just after graduating with an architecture degree in 1995. Since then, he has been developing a multi-faceted approach, ranging from installation to experimentation, from visual art to the creation of multi-sensorial spaces, mobile architecture and buildings. 

Didier Faustino created the Bureau des Mésarchitectures in 2002. Faustino’s work has been shown in group and solo exhibitions and has received several prizes, including the Académie d’Architecture’s Dejean prize for lifetime achievement in 2010.

Characterized by their fictional dimension, their critique of establishment, their freedom from motif and their ability to offer new experiences to the individual and collective body, several of his projects entered the collections of major institutions: MoMA, Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Fonds National d'Art Contemporain, Musée National d’Art Moderne / Centre Georges Pompidou.

He currently divides his time among architecture (in Spain, Mexico City, Portugal), art (with exhibitions in Grenoble, London, and Rome), and teaching (AA School, Diploma Unit 2); and he is also editor-in-chief of the French architecture and design magazine CREE.

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Above: This is not a Love Song, 2014 by Didier Faustino © ADAGP

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This event is co-presented by Harvard Graduate School of Design.

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