Besonias Almeida arquitectos
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Besonias Almeida arquitectos

Besonias Almeida arquitectos

Architects from Buenos Aires Argentina, Argentina
Besonias Almeida arquitectos is an studio integrated by Argentinian architects María Victoria Besonias and Guillermo de Almeida. They both are engaged in the profession independently since 1975 and as holders of BAKarquitectos architecture office from 2000 until 2012.

Collaborate or have collaborated with the studio since 2000: Arch. Diorella Fortunati - Arch. Florencia Testa - Denisse Gerard - Micaela Salibe - Karina Casares - Hernán de Almeida - Ekaterina Allaria - Belen Ferrand - Federico Santinon - Enzo Vitali - Arch. Leandro Pomies - Andrea Wohlgenannt - Arch. Diego Grosso - Martin Saavedra - Alejandro Sánchez - Sebastian Sciccioli.

María Victoria Besonías was born on October 18th, 1947 in Madrid, Spain. She earned a degree in Architecture and Urbanism from University of Buenos Aires in 1975, is a lecturer at FADU, the University of Buenos Aires and a member of the jury’s panel of FADEA (Federación Argentina de Entidades de Arquitectura). She serves as an advisor on urban issues and as a judge for architecture competitions. In 2012 has been honored by the Senators Chamber of the Province of Buenos Aires with the Trajectory and Merit Award.

Lectures:
2014 – Series of Architecture Lectures: Works and Processes, organized by CAPBA District 6, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2014 – Lectures Cycle: Thinking and Making at FAUD Auditorium (University Campus), National University of Córdoba, Córdoba, Argentina.
2014 – Program of Free Chairs (as assistant professor), Faculty of Architecture, Planning and Design, National University of Rosario, Argentina.
2013 – Argentinean Architecture Week in Manizales – Colombia National University.
2012 – XVIII Quito’s Panamerican Biennal of Architecture (BAQ), Seminar: The necessary architecture. Quito, Ecuador.
2012 – Architecture Lectures Cycle de la Facultad de Arquitectura de la U.P.B. de Medellín, Medellín, Colombia.
2012 – XXIV Latinoamerican Conference of Architecture Schools and Faculties (CLEFA), San José, Costa Rica.
2012 – International Conference L4titudes, Texas University, Austin, Texas, USA.
2010 – 2nd Architecure Meeting, organized by E. Posadas Group, Argentina.
2010 – Latinoamerican Architecture Lectures Cycle, Faculty of Architecture, Planning and Design, National University of Rosario, Argentina.
2009 – XIV Monterrey International Architecture Congress, Monterrey, México.
2009, 2008, 2006 – Lectures Cycle, Buenos Aires Province Architecture College, 3d District.
2008 – Lectures Cycle “Devolución”, Mendoza Architecture College. Argentina.
2008 – Lectures Cycle, Carlos Paz Architecture College. Córdoba, Argentina.
2007 – Lectures Cycle, Buenos Aires Architecture and Urbanism Professional Council.
2006 – Brasilia Biennal, Brasilia, Brazil.

Jury:
2014 – UFLO Award Best Latinamerican Housing / Sponsored by SUMMA+
2014 – CIMA Competition ( Puerto Madryn’s Industrial Chamber Building) – College of Architects of the Province of Chubut, Jury designated by the participants.
2014 – ARQUIFADUCompetition – Technological Center Design, Ciudad Evita, La Matanza.
2014 – Headquarters Association of Magistrates and Officers of the Trenque Lauquen Judicial Department Preliminary Competition.
2014 – Ideas Science Park National Competition.
2012 – Preliminary Competition for the construction of the new building of the Campana’s Public Library.
2011 – Berazategui Civic Square Draft.
2008 – Pedestrian Priority National Ideas Competition.
2007 – Architecture National Award SCA Clarín for Best Student Projects.
2006 – New Headquarters of the School of Psychology, UBA (Pavilion No. 5, University Campus) Winner Project.

Guillermo de Almeida was born on November 12th, 1945 in Buenos Aires. He earned a degree in Architecture and Urbanism from the University of Buenos Aires in 1975. He taught architecture at the University of Buenos Aires and the University of Morón. He is a member of the College of Buenos Aires High Council of Architecture and their jury’s panel. Guillermo was a guest lecturer at Brasilia’s 2006 biennial. He participated in the 2007 CPAU young lecturers' series, the 2008 Architects’ College of Carlos Paz Conference and the 2008 Commune of Cabalango Conference. He was also a guest at the 2008 Devolution Conference, organized by The Architects' College of Mendoza.

Awards obtained as BAKarquitectos holders
XVIII Bienal Panamericana de Quito 2012. Selección de Casa Besonías Almeida
Primer Premio a la Vivienda Individual SCA 2012. Sociedad Central de Arquitectos. Casa Franz
Segundo Premio Bienal de Arquitectura Urbanismo, Investigación y Teoría 2011. Colegio de Arquitectos de la Provincia de Buenos Aires. Casa JD
Premios ARQ a la Arquitectura Argentina 2011, Mención en la categoría Escala Menor. Casa Cher
Primer Premio Bienal de Arquitectura, Urbanismo, Investigación y Teoría 2009. Colegio de Arquitectos de la Provincia de Buenos Aires. Casa en la Playa
XII Bienal Internacional de Arquitectura de Buenos Aires (XII BA09). Segundo Premio Concurso “La Arquitectura y el Ladrillo”. Casa de Ladrillos
XVI BAQ, Bienal Panamericana de Arquitectura de Quito 2008. Tercer Mención de Honor Casa de Hormigón
Primer Premio Bienal de Arquitectura Urbanismo, Investigación y Teoría 2007. Colegio de Arquitectos de la Provincia de Buenos Aires. Casa de Hormigón
Gran Premio Bienal CPAU/SCA 2006, Consejo Profesional de Arquitectura y Urbanismo de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires y Sociedad Central de Arquitectos. Casa en Mar azul.
Premio Sacriste Bienal de Arquitectura Urbanismo, Investigación y Teoría 2005. Colegio de Arquitectos de la Provincia de Buenos Aires. Casa Mar Azul
Primer premio Arquitectura Joven 2005, organizado por Alucobond.

Exhibitions as BAKarquitectos holders
XIII Bienal de Arquitectura de Venecia, agosto 2012. Casa Mar Azul, Edificio EEUU.
Muestra Obra Reciente Argentina, Fundación COAM (Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid), enero 2011. Casa de Hormigón.
XVII Bienal Panamericana de Arquitectura de Quito, noviembre 2010. Casa en la Playa, Edificio EEUU.
Premio Bienal SCA/CPAU 2010, Malba, octubre 2010. Casa en la Playa, Edificio EEUU.
IV Bienal Internacional de Arquitectura y Urbanismo “Hábitat + Inclusión”, Complejo Museográfico de la Ciudad de Luján, noviembre de 2009.
XII Bienal Internacional de Arquitectura de Buenos Aires (XII BA09), septiembre 2009. Casas en Mar Azul y Edificio EEUU 4263.
XII Congreso Arquisur, Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Facultad de Arquitectura, Urbanismo y Diseño, Mar del Plata, octubre 2008. Casa de Hormigón.
11ª Bienal Internacional de Arquitectura de Venecia, septiembre/noviembre 2008. Casa de Hormigón.
XVI Bienal Panamericana de Arquitectura de Quito, noviembre 2008. Casa de Hormigón
7ª Bienal de Arquitectura de San Pablo, diciembre 2007. Casa Mar Azul y Casa de Hormigón.
XI Bienal Internacional de Arquitectura de Buenos Aires (XI BA07), septiembre 2007. Casa de Hormigón, Casa Mar Azul y Casa en Pilar.

Publications as BAKarquitectos holders
Their projects are published in numerous specialized media of the country and abroad.


Purposes:

Leave the certainties to assume that doubt can be a valuable creative material and that any progress on those unknown frontiers should be done walking between boldness and caution. The reality that conditions every project cannot be lived as an impurity that overshadows the architectural creation but as a challenge which affirms the production of it.

Use the necessity of production as an opportunity to think about the concepts that sustain it and be able to push boundaries of that knowledge.

The production of architecture cannot rely on the appearance of the image; its physical presence is responsible of giving sense and emotional character to the spaces.

This physical and tangible condition of architecture is part of its essence and therefore is present as a concept from the very beginning of any proposal.

The aesthetic quality must be found in the essence of architecture and in a gradual and meticulous strip of what it is not.

Build with simple shapes and a limited repertoire of materials not only as aesthetic choice but as an ethical principle of valuing a conscious use of the resources available.
Disbelieve of specialization and instead promote new research and implementation issues.