The investigation is based upon two particular notions. First, it is an attempt to investigate the integration of Art and Architecture in which architectural projects carefully develop such relationship as a symbiosis. Drawing, painting, assemblage, etc., become mechanisms of mediation between architectural notions of space and their representation. They constitute different elements of interpreting the duality of object and space.

The second notion is framed by an exploration of the relationship between architectural concepts such as light, shadow, projection, transformation, etc., from a psychological perspective, particularly Jung’s theories, where both coexist in a series of dichotomies such as: order/chaos, individual/collective; subject/object; rational/ irrational, conscious/ un-conscious, etc.

Notions on Architecture, Art, and Academia.


Contemporary cultural congestion defines the individual experience, at the beginning of the 21st century, as a result of coexisting with a series of dichotomies such as: global / individuality; subjectivity / inter-subjectivity; rationality / irrationality; end of history / genealogy of history, etc.Fundamental works of Architecture and Art, those which still have a place in historic memory despite the time elapsed since its construction, are those who managed to integrate the spirit of its time with tradition and cultural specificity, those who managed to merge established tectonic and spatial values with individual creativity, and created a dialogue of coincidence of local and foreign aspects, new and existing conditions, merging the present and the past at a particular moment. Architecture and Art are generated from a series of events in various social levels, and being Architect involves a global awareness of the movement of these events. Making Architecture means, among other things, to articulate the different dimensions of society at a particular time. Octavio Paz says …” To be truly modern, we must first encounter with our tradition …”

Architecture operates in different layers, it is a discipline that combines experience, image, concept and use, and by definition involves the outside projection of image with interior, psychological space and the notion of collective. One of the conditions inherent in being an Architect is the search for innovation. It is there where much of its spirit exists within the condition of a globalized world. The Architect must be an enhancer of ideas at all levels and a visionary, that projects into the future meaningful concepts that become concrete realities, not only as visual constructs, but also as social fabrications.

Architectural space / social space

Based on the notion of social innovation, we can develop urban/architectural strategies and dynamics of participation and interaction in the city, that value personal and collective identity through experimentation of new tools and processes of information extraction. Based on action / cooperation strategies each individual can interact as a transformer agent of his/her environment, in which an Architect acts as an orchestra director. Social innovation proposes the development of experiences in the construction of society, conceptualizing the inclusion of identity, specificity, heritage, and local/global industrial mechanisms as re-activators of the territory from both domestic and collective space.  It focuses on architectural / urban space through notions of “text” which can be “read” from the analysis of both social, and spatial aspects.

Teaching Architecture, in general terms, should be guided by ideas that reflect different aspects of contemporary cultural, social and technological dichotomies, which establish links between academia and society.  These changes represent a singular point of view regarding the relationship of Architecture with other disciplines, which generates the process of creation and transformation of space, – the social.   Exposure to visions that allow questioning aspects regarding an approach of teaching Architecture and consequently the production of space, is one of the premises proposed in my experiences in design, theory and art studios, which aim to be a place of exploration and invention, as a kind of theatre where the city and culture are put on scene, in which the role of Architecture/Art and their learning process is questioned in terms of the elements and strategies that generate them.

Alejandro Borges

Alejandro Borges Architect


Architect, graduated from the Faculty of Architecture, Universidad Central de Venezuela in 1989.

Master of Architecture, Cornell University, USA .1994.

Painting studies, 1993-1994 with Professor Kay Walkingstick, Cornell University. Sculpture studies in 2007-2008 with sculpture professor Marcos Salazar. Caracas, Venezuela.

Visiting Associate Design Studio Professor, School of Architecture, University of Texas, Arlington. current.

Design Studio Professor, and Visual Arts Professor, Universidad Simon Bolívar, Caracas.  since 1994. Editor of Architecture Department Publication Galpon 5. 1997-2005.

Visiting critic and Professor at Cornell University, Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, Texas University, Universidad de Cuenca and Católica del Ecuador, Facultad de Arquitectura, Universidad Central de Venezuela,  among others.

He has lectured in Puerto Rico,Colombia, Ecuador, United States, Dubai and Venezuela.

His work has been widely published in national and international books and magazines, as well as in a wide variety of web pages, such as: Arquitectura x Procesos, Fundación Espacio. 2010, Venezuela; Arhitecture 1906 International Magazine, Rumania. 2006; Un-private spaces. InForm Magazine. U.S.A. 2005; Architettura Iberoamericana, Napoli. Italia. 2003; Bienal Iberoamericana de Arquitectura, Chile 2002; “Casas Latinoamericanas”. Quito, Ecuador. 2001; “La Construcción de América del Sur”. Buenos Aires, Argentina. Junio 2001; GAN, Deconews, Revista Entre-rayas, Habitat Plus; Inmuebles, Biennial publications, and so on.

He has received several awards and recognitions such as:

Honorary Mention.  National Biennial of Architecture. Caracas. 2014.

Honorary Mention, Casa Fractal. VI Salón Malaussena, National Architecture Biennial. 2006.

Industrial Design Award, VII Salón Malaussena, National Architecture Biennial. 2008;

Finalist- Selected work, Simbiosis II, House Project, Ibero-American Biennial of Architecture, International Recognition. Chile. 2002.

Honorary Mention, Simbiosis II, House Project, XII Bienal de Arquitectura de Quito, International Recognition. Ecuador 2000;

Faculty Research Award.- International Recognition. Canadian Embassy, 2000;

Honorary Mention, Simbiosis I House Project, XI Bienal de Arquitectura de Quito, International Recognition, Ecuador 1998;

Recognition Diploma of Excellence in Architecture Studies, Facultad de Arquitectura y Urbanismo, Universidad Central de Venezuela. 1989. And so on.

He has developed a sustained exploration in painting, drawing, collage, sculpture and installations and has participated in many solo and collective exhibitions and fine arts biennials.