Franco Micucci: Architecture in Caracas after Modern Times

The lecture is about the urban and architectural outcome of the modern project in Venezuela and its consequences for the contemporary city of Caracas.

Franco Micucci is an architect who graduated in 1989 from Universidad Simon Bolivar in Caracas, Venezuela, and got his Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1992, where he received the Urban Design Thesis Prize.

He has been a Professor of Architecture since 1993 at Universidad Simon Bolivar where is currently the coordinator of the architecture program since 2009. He has also taught at Universidad Central de Venezuela and in the Master of Urban Design at Universidad Metropolitana, a joint program with Harvard University in Venezuela.

He has had academic experiences in Puerto Rico, Colombia, Chile and Spain.

His professional practice at MA+, Micucci arquitectos asociados, is based in Caracas and has developed a wide variety of projects for several Venezuelan cities in collaboration with a young generation of architects that share a vision for the city and its architecture.

Micucci has won the National Award at the Bienal de Arquitectura de Caracas in 2000 and recognitions on several national and international competitions of architecture and urban design. His work has been published in several magazines and books in Venezuela and some other countries of Latin America.

His academic research about the contemporary city and the tradition of modern architecture in Caracas is focused on an understanding of the city from the 20th century and its results. It is also an exploration about new ways to produce architecture with a proper response to strong and difficult political, economic, social and cultural issues in the Venezuelan and Latin American context.


MIT Architecture Fall 2012 Lecture Series