3rd PhD-in-progress presentation, London

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Light coming from two sides, a warm, high-ceilinged and open room. 
An ocean of chairs in front of me.
And another one, this one wrapped in hot pink thread, right next. Hosting 9 donated personal objects - While Making It Together. 
As I was one of the first-morning presenters, a reduced and generous audience.
A fantastic panel: Katharine Herron (Westminster), Vivian Mitsogianni (RMIT) João Barbosa Sequeira (Lisbon), Claus Peder Pedersen (Aarhus), Arnaud Hendrickx (KU Leuven) and Dimitri Vangrunderbeek (KU Leuven LUCA), chaired by Johan Verbeke (KU Leuven).

I chose to, inspired by Hans Ulrich Obrist, interview WMIT. And, while I wished to learn from her: meaning, tacit knowledge, intentions and connections to the rest of my practice, I ended up being the interviewed one.
This methodology was well received and got encouraged to be explored further, as method for practice-based research. 


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November 2016

While Making It Together to be featured in 3 upcoming events:

Photo by Tarek J. Waked for AVA (Alicia Velázquez Atelier)

Photo by Tarek J. Waked for AVA (Alicia Velázquez Atelier)


While Making It Together will be part of the large group exhibition Adapt-r

"This ground-breaking and challenging exhibition is the conclusion of a four-year international research initiative, funded by a major EU grant, and aims to provide rare insights through an extraordinary range of 35 creative practitioners from around the globe." (excerpt from AmbikaP3 announcement, full content here)

Ambika P3, University of Westminster
27 November to 18 December 2016, Daily, 10am – 6pm • Admission: Free
Exhibition Opening Wednesday 23 November 2016 18:30 - 20:30


After an intimate series of making moments with each of my Brussels colleagues at a time, the current sculpture travels to London, where I invite every person part of Adapt-r program to participate in a social performative (and silent) act of wrapping. Together we will wrap the current, chair-sized sculpture, to its temporary home during AmbikaP3 exhibition: a table.

University of Westminster,  35 Marylebone Road. NW1 5LS
Sunday 27 November, 4.15pm
Right after the plenary session of Practice Research Symposium


I will be giving my third PhD in-progress presentation in the upcoming Practice Research Symposium. This time my focus will be While Making It Together, one work to be the lens from which to look through my practice.  

University of Westminster,  35 Marylebone Road. NW1 5LS
Saturday 26 November, 9.30am

Intimacy with materials at ARM

EventAlicia Velazquez

Can "material sex" inform architectural design process?

One of the thrown set of questions during the presentation of my practice (which is the subject of my current PhD research) during my exhibition/presentation at ARM - Architecture Research Moments - event in KU Leuven School of Architecture in Brussels.

Honored to have had a great panel of professionals from LUCA School of Arts, ZHAW in Zurich, KU Leuven Architecture - Sint Lucas  and more.

Practice Research Symposium (PRS) in Barcelona

PresentationAlicia Velazquez

For my first PhD biannual presentation I invited to enter my intimate space, to share a historical view on my practice since my early architecture times.

With a double projection, textile bodies on table and scattered in the room, plus a large background timeline map full of postcard-sized images (which decided to fall two days prior to the event) I unfolded for the first time my practice dedicated to reaching down to emotions, with extended emphasis on the last two years of intimacy with materials. 

My PhD is a practice-based research, which I follow as Adapt-r fellow (Art Design Architecture Practice Training Research) with university of KU Leuven Architecture. Adapt-r is a partnership project between seven European universities plus RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology).