"How does architecture position itself after 2 or 3 thousand years of history of the discipline? What do we still have to say after all that time and what’s the relevance?”
As Founder and Chief Designer of SPAN and Associate Professor of Architecture at University of Michigan’s famed Taubman College, Matias del Campo, explores what he jokingly calls ‘the witches cauldron’ of architecture’s rich contextual, philosophical and sociopolitical history, in the context of the most advanced technologies.
Chilean-borne but raised in Vienna, Matias credits the architectural landscape of his childhood with his passion to create cutting-edge innovations that are rooted in and inspired by the past. “Vienna has a very strong historical background and you’re exposed to it continually, whether you’re actively looking at it or just passing by. Growing up there, you develop this sense of the history of architecture and how it has contributed to culture, what it means beyond just being shelter and how it becomes a symbol that expresses something deeper than just its structure.”