Cecilia Puga and Paula Velasco, “(Some) Characters in Search of an Author”

Photograph of a central courtyard of a building, with small trees in the courtyard and many surrounding windows.

© Cristobal Palma

The GSD’s Spring 2021 Public Programs are all virtual and require registration.

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Audience members are eligible for 1.5 AIA Continuing Education Learning Units after attending this event. Please visit the AIA website for more information.


CECILIA PUGA – PAULA VELASCO ARQUITECTURA connects independent professionals from various disciplines and specialties.  Its structure and expertise are adapted to the specific areas in which it operates, in order to provide innovative and high-standard professional services at different scales and fields. Through different international competitions, the studio has been in charge of the new headquarters of Chile’s Ministry of Cultures and Heritage, the infrastructure design project for Queulat National Park, and the masterplan and preliminary project for Punta Arenas’ International Passenger Terminal. Recently, together with architect Smiljan Radic, they obtained the first place for the design of the Chilean Pavilion for Expo Dubai 2020.


Director and founding partner of CECILIA PUGA – PAULA VELASCO ARQUITECTURA.

Architect, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile 1990. Since 1995 she has developed her professional practice independently in Santiago, where she has carried out design projects at different scales and programs, from single-family homes (most notably the House in Bahia Azul), to collective housing, educational and industrial equipment, and urban design such as the renovation of public spaces in Cerro Toro. She has developed her academic activity at Universidad Católica de Santiago, at Austin’s University of Texas (2007 and 2015), GSD Harvard (2009) and at BIAarch in Barcelona (2011) and ETH Zurich’s School of Architecture (2017-2019),


Director and founding partner of CECILIA PUGA – PAULA VELASCO ARQUITECTURA.

Architect, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile 2005. Master on Science Emergent Technologies and Design, Architectural Association UK, 2010. Undergraduate and Master’s Professor at Universidad Católica de Chile’s School of Architecture.

Screenshot from a virtual event. Cecilia Puga and Paula Velasco appear in two small squares on the right. A larger rectangle contains their PowerPoint presentation, which shows a photo from protests in Chile, with a tower of people and a burning fire in the background. There is a bright green background behind Cecilia, Paula, and the PowerPoint.

Screenshot from a virtual event. Three rectangles show Cecilia Puga, Paula Velasco, and Mark Lee, and they are all surrounded by a bright green background.

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Live captioning will be provided during this event. A transcript will be available roughly two weeks after the event, upon request.

Anyone requiring accessibility accommodations should contact the Public Programs Office at (617) 496-2414 or [email protected].