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Juan Felipe Mesa Rico

Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1605
Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1605
Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1605
Biography: 

Felipe Mesa is an Assistant Professor in The Design School (Architecture Program) at the Arizona State University. Before this appointment, Mesa was an Assistant professor in the architecture programs of some Universities in Colombia: Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (UPB) in Medellin; Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (PUJ) in Bogota, Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota; and he was Ivan Smith Eminent Visiting Professor at the University of Florida School of Architecture (SoA) - 2014. During his last seven years as a professor in Medellin, Mesa developed a Design-Build Studio focused on designing and constructing wooden projects in partnership with municipal leaders from rural underserved areas. Under his leadership, ten small-format buildings were built that positively impacted the daily life of a broad educational community in Antioquia. This work was published in the book Nubes de Madera (Clouds of Wood) by Mesaestandar editors (2017). In association with Professor Catherine Spellman, Felipe is currently working on developing a new Design Build program for The Design School at Arizona State University.

 

Mesa is a Founder member and Principal in PLAN: B Architects, a design practice based in Medellin, Colombia. During the last 15 years, he has built more than 50 buildings with different programs and scales: public spaces, sports, educational buildings, hotels, offices, houses, and art installations. His work has been awarded and selected in different events and biennials: Colombian Architectural National Award (for Flor del Campo School - 2012); First prize (Public competition for the design of the new Orquideorama of the Botanical Garden, Medellin, Colombia - 2005); First Prize (Public competition for the design of Four Sports Facilities, Medellin, Colombia - 2010); Selected for the Chicago Architecture Biennial: The State of the art of Architecture (with the project “Hollow Trunk” – 2015); VIII Ibero-American Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism Award (for the project "4 Sports Facilities" - 2012), etc. Mesa understands the architectural project as a provisional pact, a permeable configuration, and a positive expression of the eco-social constraints surrounding us. His projects and research topics related to the practice and teaching of architecture have been published in 4 books by Mesaestandar Editors: Partial Agreements (2005), Awaiting Architecture (2007), Permeability (2013), Architecture in Reverse (2017), and one book by Oro Editions: 10 Projects in 120 Constraints (2021). Mesa is part of the "Architecture Archipelago," a group of Colombian architects that studies the connection between design and new living ways in Latin America. This collective has three books published by Mesaestandar Editors: Architecture Archipelago I - 2010, Architecture Archipelago II (Set Theory)- 2016, and Architecture Archipelago III (Architecture is not what it seems / Architecture is a habit) – 2020.

Education: 

•2014-2015. MArch Arquitectura: Crítica y Proyecto, Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Medellin, Colombia. Thesis: "Permeability". Professors: Mauricio Gaviria and Jorge Mario Gómez.

•2000-2001. Professional and Academic Training, Arquitectura: Crítica y Proyecto, Universidad Politécnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Professors: Josep Quetglas and Eduardo Arroyo.

•1993-1998. BArch, School of Architecture, Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Medellin, Colombia. Graduate Design thesis distinction, "Cuatro Templos y un Palacio", Chair Jorge Pérez Jaramillo, Professor of Architecture.

 

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Research Interests: 

•Constraints in Architecture and creative disciplines.

•Design-Build Studios and teaching through social agendas.

•Latin American architecture.

•Tropical architecture and "Permeability" in architecture.

Publications: 

Books

12 Projects in 120 Constraints. Felipe Mesa and Federico Mesa (co-authors), San Francisco: AR+D Publishing, 2021. (Peer Reviewed)

Architecture is not what it seems/Architecture is a habit. Felipe Mesa, Federico Mesa, Miguel Mesa, Juan David Diez, Emerson Marín, Ricardo Vazquez, Catalina Patiño, Viviana Peña, Antonio Yemail, Sebastian Mejía, Edgar Mazo, María Paula Vallejo (co-authors), Medellin: Mesaestandar, 2020.

Architecture in Reverse. Felipe Mesa and Federico Mesa (co-authors), Medellin: Mesaestandar, 2018.

Nubes de Madera. Felipe Mesa and Miguel Mesa (co-authors), Medellin: Mesaestandar, 2017.

Set Theory. Felipe Mesa, Federico Mesa, Miguel Mesa, Juan David Diez, Antonio Yemail, Manuel Villa, Catalina Patiño, Viviana Peña, Sebastian Mejía, Edgar Mazo. (co-authors), Medellin: Mesaestandar, 2016.

Permeability. Felipe Mesa and Federico Mesa (co-authors), Medellin: Mesaestandar, 2013.

Four Sport Facilities. Felipe Mesa and Giancarlo Mazzanti (co-authors), Medellin: Mesaestandar, 2010.

Archipelago. Felipe Mesa, Federico Mesa, Miguel Mesa, Juan David Diez, Camilo Restrepo, Luis Callejas, Sebastian Mejia, Edgar Mazo, Viviana Peña, Catalina Patiño (co-authors), Medellin: Mesaestandar, 2010.

Awaiting Architecture. Felipe Mesa, Medellin: Mesa Editores, 2007.

Acuerdos Parciales. Felipe Mesa and Alejandro Bernal (co-authors), Medellin: Mesa Editores, 2005.

Conference Proceedings

“Clouds of Wood: A Colombian Design Build Experience.” Paper presented at the “Schools of Thought: Rethinking Architectural Pedagogy” Conference, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, March 2020.

Magazines and Websites

“Click Clack Hotel, Medellin”. Dezeen architecture website, 2020, UK. https://www.dezeen.com/2020/06/03/hotel-click-clack-medellin-planb-arquitectos-colombia-architecture/

“Bar Sánchez.” Archdaily architecture website, 2020, USA. https://www.archdaily.co/co/937290/bar-sanchez-plan-b-arquitectos?ad_source=search&ad_medium=search_result_all

“House in Envigado.” Archdaily architecture website, 2020, USA. https://www.archdaily.com/923650/casa-en-envigado-plan-b-arquitectos?ad_source=search&ad_medium=search_result_all

“Click Clack Hotel, Medellin”. Published in 3 illustrated pages, Hinge magazine # 9, 2020, Hong Kong, China.

“Landscape as Urbanism in the Americas, Orquideorma.” Published in 12 illustrated pages, NESS.docs magazine # 2, 2020, USA.

“Click Clack Hotel, Medellin”. Published in 18 illustrated pages, PLOT Magazine Special Edition # 52, 2020, Argentina.

“Zebrano Housing Building.” Published in 12 illustrated pages, PLOT Magazine Special Edition # 8, 2017, Argentina.

“Zebrano Housing building.” Published in 8 illustrated pages, Summa Magazine # 155, 2017, Argentina.

“Puerto Triunfo Community Center”. Published in 6 illustrated pages, Summa Magazine # 157, 2017, Argentina.

 “Puerto Triunfo Community Center”. Published in 10 illustrated pages, PLOT magazine # 36, 2017, Argentina.

“Embera School”. Published in 6 illustrated pages, Radical 50 Arquitecturas Latinoamericanas. Miquel Adriá – Andrea Griborio (Eds) Arquine, 2016, Mexico.

“Embera School.” Published in 6 illustrated pages, Summa Magazine # 151, 2016, Argentina.

“4 Sports Facilities”. Published in 6 illustrated pages, Arquitectura Viva Magazine # 138, 2014, Spain.

“Plan:b in four projects: Skyline Cloud, BO House, C4 House, Click Clack Hotel ”. Published in 50 illustrated pages in PLOT magazine # 17, 2014, Argentina.

“Click Clack Hotel, Bogotá”. Published in 8 illustrated pages, Summa Magazine # 136, 2014, Argentina.

“Santo Domingo Kindergarten”. Published in 12 illustrated pages, C3 Magazine # 343, 2013, Korea.

“V House.” Published in 6 illustrated pages, Summa Magazine # 126, 2013, Argentina.

“Santo Domingo Kindergarten”. Published in 20 illustrated pages in PLOT Magazine Special Edition # 2, 2012, Argentina.

“Sudamérica Doméstica, M house”. Published in 8 illustrated pages, PLOT Magazine Special Edition # 1, 2012, Argentina.

“4 Sports Facilities and Flor del Campo School”. Published in 10 illustrated pages, LOTUS magazine, 2011, Italy.

“Recent work in Colombia, Four Sports Halls,” curated and written by Michael Webb. Published in 12 illustrated pages, Architectural Review Magazine # 1368, 2011, UK.

“4 Sports Facilities”. Published in 10 illustrated pages, Details Magazine # 22, 2010, Korea.

“plan:b´s Manifesto.” Published in 5 illustrated pages, Domus Magazine # 934, 2010, Italy.

“Orquideorama and 4 Sports Facilities”. Published in 10 illustrated pages, Domus Magazine # 937, 2010, Italy.

“Orquideorama”. Published in 10 illustrated pages, Atlas (Arquitecturas del siglo XXI – América) Luis Fernández-Galiano (Ed), 2010, Fundación BBVA, Spain.

“Flor del Campo School and 4 Sports Facilities”. Published in 14 illustrated pages, Abitare Magazine # 504, 2010, Italy.

“4 Sports Facilities”. Published in 8 illustrated pages, C3 Magazine # 318, 2010, Korea.

“4 Sports Facilities”. Published in 8 illustrated pages, Arquine Magazine # 53, 2010, Mexico.

“Plan:b projects: Orquideorama, Parque de la Vida, Social Pavilion, Flor del Campo School, Four Sports Halls.” Published in 40 illustrated pages in PLOT magazine # 02, 2010, Argentina

“Orquideorama.” Published in 12 illustrated pages, C3 Magazine # 295, 2009, Korea.

“Orquideorama.” Text by Cathelijne Nuijsink. Published in 6 illustrated pages, MARK Magazine # 21, 2009, Netherlands.

“Orquideorama.” Published in 6 illustrated pages, Arquitectura Viva Magazine # 125, 2009, Spain.

“Orquideorama.” Published in 10 illustrated pages, Ecologik Magazine # 04, 2008, France.

“Orquideorama.” Published in 8 illustrated pages, Abitare Magazine # 482, 2008, Italy.

“Iberoamérica: Emerging Architecture”. Published in 10 illustrated pages in 2G Dossier Iberoamérica, 2007, Magazine, Spain.

“Orquideorama.” Published in 6 illustrated pages, Arquine Magazine # 40, 2007, Mexico.

Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
ARC 101Architecture Project I
ALA 394Special Topics
ADE 521Adv Architectural Studio I
ADE 592Research
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
ADE 422Architectural Studio IV
ADE 622Adv Architectural Studio IV
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
ADE 521Adv Architectural Studio I
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
ADE 422Architectural Studio IV
ADE 622Adv Architectural Studio IV
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
ADE 322Architectural Studio II
ADE 422Architectural Studio IV
Honors / Awards: 

Awards/Biennials

2021 Faculty Design Award Honorable Mention. ACSA Awards 2021 (Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture). “2 Projects in 12 Constraints”. USA

2020 Selected, Architecture Project category -Click Clack Hotel-, 27 Colombian Architecture Biennial, Cartagena, Colombia.

2018 Selected, Architecture Project category -Siete Vueltas School-, 25 Colombian Architecture Biennial, Armenia, Quindío, Colombia.

2014 Selected, IX Ibero-American Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism Award for: “Santo Domingo Kindergarten,” granted by BIAU and the Ministry of Housing of Spain, Rosario, Argentina

2012 National Prize, Architecture Project category -Flor del Campo School-, 23 Colombian Architecture Biennial, Armenia, Quindío, Colombia.

2012  Selected, VIII Ibero-American Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism Award for: “4 Sports Facilities”, granted by BIAU and the Ministry of Housing of Spain, Cadiz, Spain

2010 First Prize, Public Competition for the design of modular Schools, Cartagena. Organized by FONADE, Bogotá, Colombia

2010 First Prize, International and Public Competition for 4 Sports Facilities, South American Games. Organized by INDER and Medellín Municipality, Colombia

2009  Selected, Latin-American Biennial of Architecture, granted by BAL Pamplona, Spain

2008 Selected, VI Ibero-American Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism Award for: “Orquideroama at the Medellín Botanical Garden,” granted by BIAU and the Ministry of Housing of Spain, Lisboa, Portugal

2005 First Prize, Public Competition for the design of the new Orquideorama of the Botanical Garden, Medellín, Colombia

2005 First Prize, Private Competition for the design of the Hontanares School, Organized by Evolucionar S.A. Medellín, Colombia

Exhibitions

2018 Collective Exhibition. Plan:b Models, “Wunder – Kammer, La cámara del Príncipe”. Museo El Castillo. Curator: Lucrecia Piedrahita. Plan:b Architects, Medellín, Colombia

2015 Temporary Installation “Hollow Trunk.” Chicago Architecture Biennial: The State of the art of Architecture. Curators: Joseph Grima and Sarah Herda. Plan:b Architects, Chicago, USA

2013 Temporary Installation “Skyline Cloud.” Biennial of the Americas: Draft Urbanism. Curators: Carson Chan, Paul Andersen, and Gaspar Libedinsky. Plan:b Architects, Skyline Park, Denver, USA

2013 Temporary Installation “Permeability”. LIGA, Architecture Gallery. Curators: Ruth Estevéz, Wonne Ickx, Carlos Bedoya, Victor Jaime, Abel Paredes. Plan:b Architects, Ciudad de México, México

2007 Individual Exhibition “Partial Agreements.” Alianza Colombo-Francesa Gallery. Curator: Juan Pablo Ortiz. Plan:b Architects, Bogotá, Colombia.

Professional Associations: 

•Sociedad Colombiana de Arquitectos

•Grupo Archipiélago de Arquitectura. Colombia.

Work History: 

Professional Credentials

2003 Licensed and registered Architect at Professional Architects Council of Colombia

Built Projects

2018-2021 Design and Construction overseeing “Bahra Hotel,” built area 6.000 m2, Construction Budget US$ 5.000.000, Commissioned by Hoffman. Plan:b Architects, Joao Pessoa, Brasil

2019-2020 Design and Construction overseeing “House in La Siria,” built area 220 m2, Construction Budget US$ 160.000, Commissioned by The Owner. Plan:b Architects, Amagá, Antioquia, Colombia

2019-2020 Design and Construction overseeing “House in Cartagena,” built area 250 m2, Construction Budget US$ 300.000, Commissioned by The Owner. Plan:b Architects, Cartagena, Colombia

2019-2020 Design and Construction overseeing “House in Sopó,” built area 250 m2, Construction Budget US$ 200.000, Commissioned by The Owner. Plan:b Architects, Sopó, Cundinamarca, Colombia

2018-2019 Design and Construction overseeing “Click Clack Hotel – Medellín,” built area 10.000 m2, Construction Budget US$ 8.000.000, Commissioned by Monkey Business Group. Plan:b Architects, Medellín, Colombia

2018-2019 Design and Construction overseeing “Antejardín – Office Building”, built area 14.000 m2, Construction Budget US$ 9.800.000, Commissioned by Trazos Urbanos S.A.S. Plan:b Architects, Medellín, Colombia

2018 Design and Construction overseeing “House in Envigado 2”, built area 300 m2, Construction Budget US$ 210.000, Commissioned by The Owner. Plan:b Architects, Envigado, Antioquia, Colombia

2017-2019 Design and Construction overseeing “Bar and Restaurant Sanchez,” built area 734 m2, Construction Budget US$ 1.000.000, Commissioned by The Owner. Plan:b Architects, Bogotá, Colombia

2017-2018 Design and Construction overseeing “House in La Esperanza,” built area 300 m2, Construction Budget US$ 210.000, Commissioned by The Owner. Plan:b Architects, Envigado, Antioquia, Colombia

2017 Design and Construction overseeing “House in Sajonia,” built area 300 m2, Construction Budget US$ 150.000, Commissioned by The Owner. Plan:b Architects, Rionegro, Antioquia, Colombia

2017 Design and Construction overseeing “House in Pontezuela,” built area 500 m2, Construction Budget US$ 350.000, Commissioned by The Owner. Plan:b Architects, Rionegro, Antioquia, Colombia

2015-2017 Design and Construction overseeing “Zebrano – Housing Building,” built area 6.972 m2, Construction Budget US$ 4.800.000, Commissioned by Rios Constructores. Plan:b Architects, Medellín, Colombia

2106 Design and Construction overseeing “House in Envigado,” built area 500 m2, Construction Budget US$ 350.000, Commissioned by The Owner. Plan:b Architects, Envigado, Antioquia, Colombia

2015-2016 Design and Construction overseeing “Miguel Valencia School,” Elementary and High Schools, built area 1.530 m2, Construction Budget US$ 1.000.000, Commissioned by Fundación Fraternidad Medellín. Plan:b Architects, Jardín, Antioquia, Colombia

2015-2016 Design and Construction overseeing “Chaparral School”, High School, built area 995 m2, Construction Budget US$ 700.000, Commissioned by Fundación Fraternidad Medellín. Plan:b Architects, San Vicente, Antioquia, Colombia

2015-2016 Design and Construction overseeing “Siete Vueltas School”, Elementary and High Schools, built area 1.776 m2, Construction Budget US$ 1.200.000, Commissioned by Fundación Fraternidad Medellín. Plan:b Architects, San Juan de Urabá, Antioquia, Colombia

2015-2016 Design and Construction overseeing “San Vicente Community Center,” built area 1.000 m2, Construction Budget US$ 700.000, Commissioned by VIVA. Plan:b Architects, San Vicente, Antioquia, Colombia

2015-2016 Design and Construction overseeing “Puerto Triunfo Community Center,” built area 1.000 m2, Construction Budget US$ 700.000, Commissioned by VIVA. Plan:b Architects, Puerto Triunfo, Antioquia, Colombia

2015-2016 Design and Construction overseeing “Select – Office Building,” built area 5.290 m2, Construction Budget US$ 3.700.000, Commissioned by Rios Constructores. Plan:b Architects, Medellín, Colombia

2015-2016 Design and Construction overseeing “House in Santa Fé,” built area 595 m2, Construction Budget US$ 416.500, Commissioned by The Owner. Plan:b Architects, Santa Fé, Antioquia, Colombia

2015-2016 Design and Construction overseeing “House in El Tablazo,” built area 500 m2, Construction Budget US$ 350.000, Commissioned by The Owner. Plan:b Architects, Rionegro, Antioquia, Colombia

2015 Design and Construction overseeing “El Carmelo School”, Elementary and rural School, built area 168 m2, Construction Budget US$ 100.000, Commissioned by Fundación Fraternidad Medellín.Plan:b Architects, Montebello, Antioquia, Colombia

2014-2015 Design and Construction overseeing “Embera School”, Elementary and High Schools, built area 1.305 m2, Construction Budget US$ 1.000.000, Commissioned by Fundación Fraternidad Medellín. Plan:b Architects, Vigía del Fuerte, Antioquia, Colombia

2012-2015 Design and Construction overseeing “Click Clack Hotel - Bogotá,” built area 4.500 m2, Construction Budget US$ 3.600.000, Commissioned by Monkey Business Group. plan:b Architects, Bogotá, Colombia

2012-2013  Design and Construction overseeing “Santo Domingo Kindergarten,” built area 1.500 m2, Construction Budget US$ 1.000.000, Commissioned by The Medellín Municipality. Plan:b Architects, Medellín, Colombia

2013 Design and Construction overseeing “House in La Ceja,” built area 120 m2, Construction Budget US$ 84.000, Commissioned by The Owner. Plan:b Architects, La Ceja, Antioquia, Colombia

2012-2013 Design and Construction overseeing “House in La Acuarela,” built area 300 m2, Construction Budget US$ 210.000, Commissioned by The Owner. Plan:b Architects, Envigado, Antioquia, Colombia

2010-2011 Design and Construction overseeing “House in Río Cedro,” built area 250 m2, Construction Budget US$ 100.000, Commissioned by The Owner. Plan:b Architects, Río Cedro, Córdoba, Colombia

2010-2011 Design and Construction overseeing “House in Medellín,” built area 360 m2, Construction Budget US$ 252.000, Commissioned by The Owner. Plan:b Architects, Medellín, Colombia

2010 Design and Construction overseeing “Pajarito Community Pavilion,” built area 100 m2, Construction Budget US$ 50.000, Commissioned by Camacol. Plan:b Architects, Medellín, Colombia

2009-2010 Design and Construction overseeing “Flor del Campo School,” Elementary and High School, built area 3.000 m2, Construction Budget US$ 2.000.000, Commissioned by Ministry of Education and FONADE. Plan:b Architects (In collaboration with Mazzanti Architects), Cartagena, Colombia

2009-2010  Design and Construction overseeing “4 Sports Facilities for the South American Games”, built area 30.694 m2, Construction Budget US$ 21.000.000, Commissioned by The INDER. Plan:b Architects (In collaboration with Mazzanti Architects), Medellín, Colombia

2009-2010 Design and Construction overseeing “Chairama SPA,” built area 1.200 m2, Construction Budget US$ 1.000.000, Commissioned by Chairama SPA. Plan:b Architects (In collaboration with Mazzanti Architects), Bogotá, Colombia

2009 Design and Construction overseeing “San Antonio de Prado Kindergarten,” built area 1.500 m2, Construction Budget US$ 1.000.000, Commissioned by The Medellín Municipality.Plan:b Architects (In collaboration with Ctrlg Architects), Medellín, Colombia

2009 Design and Construction overseeing “Pajarito La Aurora Kindergarten,” built area 1.500 m2, Construction Budget US$ 1.000.000, Commissioned by The Medellín Municipality.Plan:b Architects (In collaboration with Ctrlg Architects), Medellín, Colombia

2008 Design and Construction overseeing “House in Sopó1”, built area 250 m2, Construction Budget US$ 200.000, Commissioned by The Owner. Plan:b Architects, Sopó, Cundinamarca, Colombia

2006-2007 Design and Construction overseeing “Hontanares School” Elementary and High Schools (2 phases completed), built area 4.000 m2, Construction Budget US$ 1.500.000, Commissioned by Evolucionar S.A. Plan:b Architects, El Retiro, Antioquia, Colombia

2006-2007 Design and Construction overseeing “Orquideorama,” built area 4.200 m2, Construction Budget US$ 2.000.000, Commissioned by the Botanical Garden of Medellín. Plan:b Architects, Medellín, Colombia

2005-2006 Design and Construction overseeing “Industrial Facility Gráficas Diamante,” built area 2.500 m2, Construction Budget US$ 400.000, Commissioned by Mensula. Plan:b Architects, Medellín, Colombia

Service: 

2021 HIDA Research Council committee member

2020-present Graduate Committee for the Curriculum, member, Arizona State University

2020 Jury member, 2020 Ideas Competition, Reconnect, AIA Phoenix Metro.

2020 Jury member, School of Thought Competition, UNYT competitions. http://competitions.uni.xyz

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