Patricio del Real (On Leave: Return 2020)
Patricio del Real works on modern architecture and its transnational connections with a focus on Latin America, exploring the changing ideological maps and geographies of modernity, and the modes in which these cultural maps have been imagined and re-imagined as historians, critics and architects tell the story of modern architecture. His current book project examines how postwar politics and modern architecture came together at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and its Department of Architecture and Design to construct and transform the idea of Latin America. He co-edited the anthology, Latin American Modern Architectures: Ambiguous Territories (Routledge, 2012), and Taking Positions: Architects Write from Latin America, an anthology of original documents to be published in MoMA’s Documents series.
He holds a PhD in Architecture History and Theory from Columbia University and a Master in Architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. Before becoming an Assistant Professor of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University, he was Visiting Associate Research Scholar and Lecturer in the Program of Latin American Studies at Princeton University. Prior, he was working in the Architecture and Design Department at the Museum of Modern Art where he worked on several exhibitions, and co-curated Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980, for which he along with the co-curators, received the 2017 Philip Johnson Exhibition Catalogue Award, recognizing excellence of architectural history scholarship in exhibition catalogues.