The Bartlett School of Architecture


Izaskun Chinchilla - Bartlett International Lecture Series

10 October 2018, 6:30 pm–8:00 pm

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The Bartlett School of Architecture


The Christopher Ingold Auditorium
22 Gordon Street
United Kingdom

Feminism, ecology, research and social innovation in architecture

Lecturer's Abstract 

The jury of arcVision Prize - Women and Architecture stated in 2013: ‘The jury really admire the courage of Izaskun Chinchilla who tries to open unconventional paths through research and architectural education while being deeply concerned by a particular combination between social engagement, aesthetics and techniques to reinvent a new vision for ecological environment in her projects. The realisation of every project is transgressing architecture and art installation for embracing the social in public spaces. The jury wants to enhance her dynamism in breaking the limits and her strength to express it through drawings which have been influential on a new generation of young architects.’

Looking back on these comments, Izaskun reflects on whether, five years later; social engagement, ecology and female architecture have shifted from being in the periphery or the ‘limits’ of architectural practice to occupy the core of debates and discussions.


Izaskun Chinchilla is an architect from Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain) and International Fellow RIBA. She has ran her own practice since 2001 in Madrid. She has extensive experience in research, education and public engagement. Izaskun is Senior Teaching Fellow and Senior Research Associate at The Barlett School of Architecture. She has also taught in Ecole Special (Paris), HEAD University (Geneva), University of Alicante (Escuela de Arquitectura Universidad de Alicante), Madrid University (Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura Universidad Politécnica de Madrid), CEU San Pablo University (Madrid) and IE (Segovia) and Institut d´Arquitectura Avancada de Catalunya (Barcelona).

Her design activity has been accompanied by a research project called “The Structure of the Ecological Revolution in Architecture” that has taken her as visiting scholar to Columbia University in New York, Ecole de Mines de Paris and Princeton University in New Jersey.

She has received more than 30 awards in international competitions, she has lectured in more than 200 international destinations and more than 300 magazines have featured her work.

Image: Garcimuñoz Castle Refurbishment by Izaskun Chinchilla Architects 2015. Image by Imagen Subliminal.

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