About the Speaker:
Architect, Associated Professor at “Universidad Europea de Canarias (UEC”) and President of the Laboratory for Innovation in Architecture, Design and Advanced Tourism of Tenerife. He works as well as Member of Jury, Workshop Director and Guest Lecturer at Harvard, Columbia NY, ESA Paris, TU Berlin Universities, Akbield Wien Academy and for Architecture Congress in Switzerland, Australia, Singapore, South Africa, Croatia, Italy, Poland, Colombia, and so on. Having completed his studies in Architecture in Barcelona (1981- 2004), he teamed up with two partners to establish the so-called “Artengo- Menis- Pastrana Architects” firm. In 2008 Fernando Menis established “Menis Arquitectos” Architecture Studio with offices in Tenerife and Valencia.
Menis serves as principal architect and/or co-author of a large number of projects. Some of the already-built projects are: “Tenerife Athletics Stadium” (2007), “Magma Art & Congress Centre” (2005), “Swimming pool on the Spree River in Berlin” (2004) and “Presidency of the Canary Islands Government Building” (1999). Some of the on-going projects are: “Jordanki Auditorium” in Poland, “ Fuerteventura Congress Centre”, “Aurum Building” in Taiwan, “Tower Block” in Taipei, a Church in La Laguna and a winery in Crimea.
WAF 2012 Awarded: 1st prize in the “New & Old” category and “Special Director’s Award” with the “Plaza España en Adeje” project, 2012 Ambuja Cement Foundation Award in Architecture Innovation, “Santísimo Redentor Church”, WAF (World Architecture Festival) awarded: 2010 Best Future Cultural Project Award. winner of the Spanish National Architecture and Design Award (PAD 2000). Recognised on several occasions as Winner of the Canary Islands Regional Architecture Award. FAD Awards (Arts And Design Promotion) and Spanish Architecture Exhibition Awards finalist. He has been invited to participate in the Venice Biennale and other exhibitions held at the MOMA NY (2006), Aedes Berlin (2006), GA Tokyo (2009), and so on. Holy Redeemer Church model recently added to the permanent collection of the MoMA.
At this point in the journey of Menis Arquitectos, we could say that there are two inescapable references for understanding the evolution of the studio and even of my own personal evolution: the passion for manual labour, as craft, which permeates every project, and the interest in the spirit of the place where it belongs.
Thereafter molding each object, as an organ that rises from the site itself, has helped us discover a more free and artistic architecture, but also allowed us to approach the subject in a process of ongoing review and confrontation with technology: a comprehensive dialogue with the environment of the project which ensures its proper insertion.
Over the years, we have developed a very particular way of addressing the project at our office, This process is based on two pillars that support the project in an ongoing mutual dialogue, reason and emotion. Common sense in dealing with raw materials and their true potential in the context where it is inserted is the framework within which reason and emotion are combined.
The Multifunctional Concert Hall “Jordanki” in Torun is an example of the result of the evolution of Menis Arquitectos. Where, with a multidisciplinary team, are trying to get and capture our knowledge of a professional career.
This lecture is open to the general public.
The Spring 2014 Public Lecture Series are co-sponsored by “Ronald Lu & Partners (HK) Ltd.” & “Woo, Chow, Wong & Partners (HK) Ltd.” visiting lectureship in architecture.