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Architect Mauricio Rocha Iturbide speaks tonight on architecture as provocateur

The College of Design’s Fall 2010 lecture series continues this evening with Mauricio Rocha Iturbide, principal of Taller de Arquitectura in Mexico City speaking on the architectural process as “provocateur.”

Born in Mexico City in 1963, Iturbide studied architecture at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in the Max Cetto workshop. Since graduating, he’s taught architecture at Anahuac University and Ibero University in México City, and has lectured throughout the United States and Latin America. His notable architectural projects include the “Center for the attention of blind people” in the Ixtapalapa district, “House for abandoned children” in Observatorio DF, “San Pablo Ozotepec Market” in the Milpa Alta district in DF — all in Mexico City.

He alternates his architectural practice with ephemeral architectural interventions in art exhibitions, such as at the Artists Space in New York. He is currently a juror of art and culture for the National Foundation for Arts and Culture Commission of Arts.

During his lecture, Iturbide will discuss how his interpretation of the relationships among the design process, the building process and use manifest in his architecture. He’ll also show how such processes vary depending the physical and social environments in which the buildings exist. Best of all, he’ll show examples of his ephemeral architecture, art interventions and award-winning projects from in his office.

Mauricio Rocha Iturbide. 6 p.m., 100 Rapson Hall, University of Minnesota. Free.

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