Guillermo Banchini teaches design studio at the National University of Rosario, Argentina. His goals can be described as an attempt to deal with architectural organizations capable of acquiring a rather unseen degree of material performance. He also intends to propose new proto instrumental and highly sensitive material orders akin to the complexity and sophistication of contemporary life.
As a professional he is a registered architect in Argentina since 1994. He established his own practice together with Marcelo Spina in Rosario from 1995 until 2001. 2001- 02 He completed his Master at Sci-arc in Los Angeles and after that he joined PATTERNS as an associate until 2004 when he returned to Argentina. Since 2004 he established BAarqs in Rosario, Argentina. During that period he has produced nearly 50 projects that range from academic research, private commissions as well as national and international competitions. Among the more significant projects are the first prize winning and completed project for the Soho-Lounge Restaurant, the winning proposal for Sci-arc extension, the selection of the the monocoque house for the Venice and Beijing Biennale 2004, a third prize for the “New tax national office branch Rosario” and the selection for BIAU 2014 exhibition. Guest lecturer at Escuela de arquitectura de Catalunya, Universidad de Palermo [BAP 2014, Buenos Aires], Universidad de Arquitectura de Puerto Rico [XIII Bienal de Arquitectura y Arquitectura Paisajista de Puerto Rico, 2013], Sigradi. Digital and Graphic symposium. [ Argentina, 2003], University of Sydney [Lecture series, 2002, Australia]. Di tella Institute 2004, UBA 2005-09, Guest critic at Penn, Columbia, Pratt, Sciarc, Harvard, UBA, University of Puerto Rico, Cooper Union, among others.
Education: Sci-arc, Los Angeles , CA. Usa. Master of Architecture, MR+D 2002; National University of Rosario, Argentina – School of architecture, planning and design - Architect, 1994.
BAarqs work ranges in scale, programs and intensity. As a collective body it shares a growing interest in exploring emerging conditions of material organizations associated to notions of volume and surface. Our practice is situated in the culture of the productive within our discipline. We believe in the self-evidence of any creative discipline. While external stimulus from other fields continuously reverberates, inspires and influences our practice, our work is fundamentally concerned with the Architectural medium, that what is particularly intrinsic and inherently unique about what we do.
Guillermo Banchini organized this lecture as a result of a new over imposed sequence among our production for the last 10 years. BAarqs has been developing design knowledge as a result of combining the designing and building of projects with an active participation in architectural pedagogy In 2004 by following a continued interest in geometry, digital fabrication, material effect, and craft work and attainable design solutions this communal knowledge led to the introduction of a knowledge platforms to the studio. The objective of the platform is to capitalize knowledge from within the discipline of architecture in order to propel design thinking and innovation.