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Alejandro Saldarriaga Rubio

Alejandro Saldarriaga Rubio is a Colombian designer known for his work in architecture and ephemeral design. Born and raised in Bogota, Colombia, Alejandro has had an international professional trajectory, having lived, and worked in various countries including Denmark, Switzerland, and the United States.

He holds a master’s degree in architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he honed his skills and developed his unique approach to design. In 2020, he founded his architecture practice, ALSAR-ATELIER, during the midst of the pandemic. The studio is dedicated to investigating low-cost and low-tech design solutions for global states of emergency, focusing on sustainable construction methods and community engagement.

Since its inception, ALSAR-ATELIER has produced a noteworthy line of projects work that has gained significant attention from local and international media. In 2023, ALSAR-ATELIER was included in the latest edition of Archdaily’s Best New Practices.

Departments

Architecture

Education

  • M.Arch., Harvard Graduate School of Design
  • Professional Architecture Degree, Universidad de los Andes

Awards

  • Honorable Mention in Architecture for Humanity- Issued by YAC
  • Winner of Shade is Social Justice Initiative- Issued by the City of Cambridge
  • Socially Responsible Architecture Prize – Issued by Consejo Profesional Nacional de Arquitectura y sus Profesiones Auxiliares
  • Part of Best New Architecture Practices 2023- Issued by Archdaily
  • Gold Prize in Responsive Design – Issued by Design that Educates Awards

Research & Publication Highlights

https://www.dezeen.com/2023/04/19/alsar-atelier-fog-catcher-bogota/amp/

https://www.archdaily.com/993502/archdaily-selects-the-best-new-practices-of-2023

Colab-19’s Provisional Projects Make a Mark on Bogotá, Colombia

https://www.dezeen.com/2021/04/10/colab-19-temporary-church-bogota/amp/

Design collaborative colab-19 is changing how we think about post-pandemic architecture

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