Ivan Blasi, curator of awards and programs at the Mies van der Rohe Foundation, was born in Barcelona in 1976. He cofounded the architectural practice 100 arquitectura in 2003 with two partners and has been commissioner, lecturer and author of articles on architecture with Docomomo International and the Mies van der Rohe Foundation since 2002.
In 2013 he was in charge of organizing the roundtables "Where do we stand?" at MoMA; in 2014, he coordinated the "Made in Europe" project for the European Commission at the Venice Biennale; and in 2015 and 2016 he was the curator of the exhibition "Made in Europe" at the Shanghai Art and Space Art Season and at the European Capital of Culture in Wroclaw.
Since 2005 he has been a professor at the Barcelona Architecture Center (BAC) and has extensive experience in publications on architecture, photography and criticism. At the Mies van der Rohe Foundation he is in charge of the Euroepan Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award and of the program of interventions by artists in architects that has worked with SANAA, Ai Weiwei, Andrés Jaque, Anna & Eugeni Bach, Spencer Finch and Luftwerk among many others.
The EU Mies van der Rohe Award was launched in 1988 and for over 30 years has created a network that has scanned and interpreted the construction of the European territory. This space is composed of an emulsion of natural and cultural, vernacular and canonical, traditional and artificial elements.
Contemporary architecture must assume this ambiguity, project it towards the future and offset the natural wear to which forms are subject by means of a symmetrical process of innovation. The nearly 4.000 works of the archive, created since the inception of the EU Mies Award, contribute a new inflection or added value to the European territory and the results of the 2019 cycle highlight this attitude.
The lecture will present the organization of this network of people, institutions and companies and the works chosen by a prestigious jury formed by architects, curators, journalists and clients and it will be complemented with the exhibition in the Stubbins Gallery.