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Award-winning Spanish architects Belinda Tato and Jose Luis Vallejo are serving as visiting faculty at the Portland State University School of Architecture to share their expertise in urban design.
As 2014 Distinguished Visiting Professors of Urbanism, Tato and Vallejo are helping PSU architecture professor Rudy Barton and adjunct assistant professor Brent Young teach an urban design studio course for graduate architecture students.
Also, Vallejo will give a free public lecture about socially conscious urban design on Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. in the Shattuck Hall Annex on the PSU campus.
Tato and Vallejo co-founded Madrid-based architecture and urban design firm ecosistema urbano in 2000 and have designed projects throughout Europe and China. They have won more than 30 awards in national and international design competitions.
Before becoming visiting professors at PSU, Tato and Vallejo taught classes in urbanism at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
The Spanish architects’ approach of using their designs to help solve urban social issues is aptly suited for PSU’s Networked Urbanism course, which concludes next month, Barton said. Tato and Vallejo have given feedback on student projects that combat urban design challenges in Portland, such as making better use of underutilized parking and preventing birds from striking glass buildings, he said.
“It’s been great for the students and faculty to learn about their work and work with them directly,” Barton said. “It’s good to look at something that may be out of the ordinary for us.”