Fumihiko Maki Lecture: Carlos Ott

September 30, 2015
6p Reception, 6:30p Lecture
Steinberg Auditorium

Architect Carlos Ott, MArch/MUD72, will deliver the annual Fumihiko Maki Lecture, titled WORK IN PROGRESS. Ott has 40 years of experience designing and directing large-scale projects in the fields of architecture and urban planning.

Born in Montivideo, Uruguay, Ott graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Uruguay and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 1971, which allowed him to study at the University of Hawaii. He went on to earn a Master of Architecture and Master of Urban Design from Washington University in 1972.

After serving as vice president in charge of development for the Toronto-based real estate company Cadillac Fairview from 1969-1973, Ott joined the firm NORR Partnership in Toronto as a design partner in 1983. That same year, he won the International Competition for the Opera de la Bastille in Paris, to commemorate the Bicentennial Anniversary of the French Revolution. Following that accomplishment, he launched his architectural firm, Carlos Ott Architect, in Paris, and went on to open additional offices in Germany, the United Arab Emirates, Canada, China, and Uruguay.

Carlos Ott Architect has recently completed or begun construction on projects in France, Germany, Canada, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, China, Singapore, Malaysia, India, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Panama, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Argentina, Brazil, the United States, the Philippines, Venezuela, and Uruguay. Award-winning projects include the Calgary Courts Centre, the Boca Juniors Hotel in Buenos Aires, Artech Residences in Florida, and Playa Vik in Uruguay (designed in collaboration with Edgar Baruzze).

Ott has received numerous international honors for his work, including the Arts et Lettres and the Legion d'Honneur, awarded in 1986 and 1988, respectively, by Francois Mitterrand, the president of France; the Gold Medal from the Faculty of Architecture in Uruguay; a Distinguished Alumni Award from Washington University in 1997; and the Vitruvio Award from the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires in 1997.

Fumihiko Maki Lecture

The Fumihiko Maki Lecture recognizes annually an architect of international reputation whose work advances the optimism and strength of modern architecture. The lecture was established by the Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design to honor renowned architect and former faculty member Fumihiko Maki, architect of Steinberg Hall, Earl E. and Myrtle E. Walker Hall, and the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, all part of the Sam Fox School complex. Past Maki lecturers have included Ben van Berkel, David Chipperfield, Charles Correa, Tom Kundig, James Polshek, Steven Holl, Herman Hertzberger, Wang Shu, Thom Mayne, Michael Murphy, and Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto, among others.