Pedro Aparicio is a Colombian architect and urbanist, Design Critic at the Architecture Department of the Rhode Island School of Design, Research Associate at the Harvard GSD Office for Urbanization, and co-founding partner of Altiplano, an architecture and research office based in Bogotá that works by overlapping construction techniques with geographic inquiries. Trained as an architect in Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Aparicio received a Fulbright Scholarship for Regional Development and pursued a Master in Design Studies in Urbanism Landscape Ecology from Harvard Graduate School of Design, graduating with distinction and awarded the Gerald M. McCue Medal for the highest academic achievement. He has served as a research assistant for the Harvard-Mellon Urban Initiative and was a member of both the Berlin and the Boston Portal Research Groups.
Devoted to exploring collective processes of fieldwork interrogation and experiment in research performance, Aparicio makes work that investigates socio-spatial patterns that emerge within tropical contingencies. He is particularly interested in active volcanism as a medium to shift narratives of spatial organization beyond notions of fixed space. As part of his research, he served in 2015 as a visiting researcher at the Rujak Center for Urban Studies in Jakarta, Indonesia. With a strong conviction for collective work and collaboration, his work in Altiplano has been recognized in public competitions and appeared in the thirteenth Venice Architecture Biennale. In parallel, Altiplano co-founded CAMPO, an interdisciplinary cultural space for critical dialogue and exhibition. CAMPO received a 2016 Graham Foundation Grant under Public Programs for the project Colombian Architecture Banal and is currently hosting the first international workshop investigating rural housing typologies for Colombia’s post-conflict ecology.