Rural Studio, Newbern, AL. Town Hall, under construction. Photo: Timothy Hursley.

Eugene J. Mackey Jr. Lecture: Xavier Vendrell

October 25, 2017
6p Reception, 6:30p Lecture
Steinberg Auditorium

Xavier Vendrell will deliver the Eugene J. Mackey Jr. Lecture, titled Rural Studio, born and raised in Hale County. Vendrell is a professor and acting director of Rural Studio at Auburn University, as well as the founder of Xavier Vendrell Studio Chicago/Barcelona.

Vendrell studied architecture in his native city of Barcelona, where he has been practicing architecture since 1983. His work embraces a range of scales, in landscape architecture, urban design, public buildings, housing, and interior design. In 1988, his office won the competition for the Poblenou Park in the Olympic Village of Barcelona. His office was involved in several other projects for the 1992 Olympic Games.
Xavier Vendrell won the FAD Award in 1997 for the Riumar School. He has also taught at the Barcelona School of Architecture (1990-1998). He was co-founder, in 1986, of A30 Edicions d’Architectura and has written numerous articles for Spanish journals.

In 1999 Vendrell founded Xavier Vendrell Studio Chicago/Barcelona, a collaborative practice of architecture, landscape and design. His works and projects have been published in magazines and books, and presented in several exhibitions internationally.

In 2002, The Graham Foundation at Chicago presented his work in the exhibition Xavier Vendrell: Retrospective Thoughts on Work in Progress. In 2005, he has one of the architects selected for the exhibition Chicago Architecture: TEN VISIONS at the Art Institute of Chicago. In fall 2011 his project for Roscoe Village, a collaboration with Doug Garofalo, was part of the exhibit Design on the Edge, Chicago Architects Reimagine Neighborhoods at the Chicago Architectural Foundation. In 2012 his studio was one of the five finalists of the international competition for Navy Pier in Chicago. In 2017 he won the FAD award for the Joan Oliver Park in Barcelona, a collaboration with Data AE.

Vendrell has lectured across Europe, the United States, and Latin America. He was a visiting professor at Washington University in 1994 and 1996 and served as the Jens Jensen Visiting Professor in Landscape Urbanism at the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1997, 1998, and 1999.
In August 2001, he was appointed professor of architecture at the School of Architecture in the College of Architecture and the Arts at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he served as director of graduate studies for five years. From 2002-2012 he was a consultant for Rural Studio, and since 2013 he has been a professor at Rural Studio, where he is currently is acting director.

Eugene J. Mackey Jr. Lecture

This endowed lecture honors Eugene J. Mackey Jr., a distinguished architect who practiced in partnership with Joseph Murphy, former dean of the School of Architecture. Among other projects, Mackey and Murphy designed John M. Olin Library and collaborated with R. Buckminster Fuller on the design of the Missouri Botanical Garden's Climatron.

The Eugene J. Mackey Jr. Lecture brings significant patrons of architecture to campus. Past lecturers have included Gerald Edelman, Thomas Krens, Jorma Ollila, Emily Pulitzer, Richard Jackson, Eric J. Cesal, Alan Webber, Stanislaus von Moos, K. Michael Hays, Robert Herrmann, and Joanne Kohn.