Xefirotarch (Hernan Diaz Alonso)


Xefirotarch is one of the leading firms of the second generation of architect utilizing digital tools. In their view, “the tool does not represent, but rather engenders” forms, in this case mutant and genetic architecture. The references of its founder, Hernan Diaz-Alonso, are drawn as much from film, graphic novels and science-fiction, as from the architects with whom he worked. He has linked, for example, his interest in the grotesque and the terrifying with his discussions with Eric Owen Moss, or his desire to keep a playful and childlike attitude with Enric Miralles.

Born in 1969 in Buenos Aires and graduated from the Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Hernan Diaz-Alonso built his first projects in his home country of Argentina (a cigar shop, Happening, a fashion boutique, Spy, as well as a school, Etnade). He began working with Enric Miralles in Barcelona in 1996, going on to found his own firm, Xefirotarch, in Los Angeles in 1999. He also collaborated with Eisenman Architects in 2000-2001. In 2004, his projects where exhibited at ArchiLab and the Venice Biennale of Architecture. H. Diaz-Alsonso was also the subject of a monographic show at the Art Institute of Chicago and at the MAK in Vienna in 2007 and 2008. His works have entered the permanent collections of the MoMA in San Francisco as well as the MoMa in New York. His critical writing, lecturing and teaching in prestigious schools such as the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in Los Angeles, Columbia University in New York, the Architectural Association in London and MIT in Boston, have earned him international recognition.

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