Ignacio G. Galán
Term Assistant Professor in Professional Practice
Ignacio G. Galán is a New York based architect, historian, and educator concerned with the role of architecture in the articulation of societies. His scholarship addresses the relationship between architecture, politics, and media, with a particular focus on nationalism, colonialism, and diverse forms of population transience.
His research has led to the production of several publications and exhibitions including the installation Cinecittá Occupata for the 2014 Venice Biennale by invitation of the general curator Rem Koolhaas.
The designs of his firm [igg-office for architecture] have been awarded in several competitions, including the First Prize for the New Velodrome in Medellín, and are part of the permanent collection of the Pompidou Center. His work unfolds through diverse media and platforms and is continuously informed by different kinds of conversations and collaborations.
Together with the After Belonging Agency, he was the Chief Curator of the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale (Graham Foundation Grant 2015) and an editor of the volume After Belonging: The Objects, Spaces, and Territories of the Ways We Stay in Transit (Lars Muller, 2016). He has also collaborated in the research project Radical Pedagogies and has co-curated its exhibition at the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale and at the 2014 Venice Biennale, where it was awarded a Special Mention of the jury. He is currently one of the editors of the homonymous volume, forthcoming in 2020 by Sternberg Press (Graham Foundation Grant 2019).
Galán studied Architecture at ETSAMadrid and TUDelft, he graduated with Distinction from the MArchII program at Harvard GSD, and has a PhD in Architecture History and Theory of Architecture from Princeton. He has been a Fellow at the Spanish Academy in Rome and a Fulbright Scholar.
Prior to joining the Department of Architecture at Barnard+Columbia Colleges in 2016, Galán taught studios and seminars at Columbia GSAPP and PennDesign and serve as Assistant instructor at Harvard GSD, Princeton SOA, and ETSAM.