Cristóbal Molina Baeza
Favrot Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture
Cristóbal is an architect, researcher, policymaker, editor and commissioner in architecture. He holds a Ph.D. in Architecture from the Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura de Barcelona (ETSAB) of Barcelona, Spain, and a Master in Architecture from Tulane University (M.Arch # ). He is a licensed architect in Chile.
From 2011-2017 he was Head of Architecture of the National Council of Culture and Arts of Chile (NCCA), and from 2018 to the present he is Head of the Architecture Unit at the Ministry of Cultures, Arts and Heritage of the Government of Chile. He is in charge of the public cultural policies for the promotion of architecture in Chile, leading different initiatives, programs, exhibitions, documentary films and books about contemporary problems of Chilean architecture culture. He was responsible in 2012 for the creation of the Architecture Section of the National Fund for the Development of Culture and the Arts (FONDART) in Chile.
He is author and editor of books, including Winter: Images of the Chilean Contemporary Architecture (Arquine, 2020); Alberto Piwonka Ovalle: en el cruce de las ideas de la modernidad en Chile (Ediciones ARQ, 2017); and Concursos de arquitectura en Chile: su aporte al desarrollo cultural y a la calidad de vida (Publicaciones Cultura, 2016).
He was commissioner of the Chile Pavilion at the IV Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture in Shenzhen & Hong Kong in 2011 (and won the Public Choice Award), as well for the Chile Pavilions at the 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th International Architecture Exhibition — la Biennale di Venezia. He was commissioner of the Chile Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2014 that won the Silver Lion Award for national representation.
In 2017 he received the Alfredo Johnson Award from the Colegio de Arquitectos de Chile and the Institutional Contribution to Architecture Award from the Asociación de Oficinas de Arquitectos (AOA) of Chile.
Currently he is the Commissioner of the Chile Pavilion for the Venice Architecture Biennale 2023; and he is also co-director with Loreto Lyon of the XXII Bienal de Arquitectura y Urbanismo de Chile.