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Alejandro Stochetti

AS+GG Director Alejandro Stochetti AIA, has amassed an impressive international body of architectural work in all scales and types in projects ranging from supertall towers to smaller gatehouses and pavilions, during the past 15 years.

Alejandro is currently the team leader for Astana Expo City a master planning and design project for the next international exposition, which will take place in Kazakhstan in 2017. Other recent projects at AS+GG include Kingdom Tower, the world’s next tallest building in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia;  two high-end residential complexes, The Grand Boulevard and The Mansion both in Dubai, United Arab Emirates; and the Burj Khalifa Gatehouses, which act as secure entry points for the site surrounding the Burj Khalifa also in Dubai.

Before joining AS+GG, Alejandro spent six years at Skidomore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) as a Senior Designer on projects such as Burj Khalifa. Prior to SOM, he spent three years working in his native Buenos Aires at Roberts & Gilardi, where he designed, helped document and assisted in Construction Administration of significant cultural projects like the renovation of the Opera Theater, Buenos Aires’s largest and most prominent performing Art’s theater.

Alejandro’s focus on sustainable design began during his master’s degree courses. He took a special interest in the importance of landscaping as a way to improve and complement  urban and public spaces. Significantly, he was offered a position teaching Sustainable Architecture during his last year of graduate school. To continue the sustainable design discussion at AS+GG, Alejandro has created an internal design platform called Forum, which seeks to engage the staff in high-performance design discussions that encourage, evaluate and advance the sustainable focus of AS+GG, as well as to share and advance the techniques utilized to achieve high-performance architecture at every level in their projects.

Education

Master's degree in Architecture, Buenos Aires National University, Argentina, 1998

Affiliations

Licencesed Architect in Illinois
American Institute of Architects (AIA)
LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP)
Buenos Aires College of Architecture
Chicago Central Area Committee (CCAC)

Presentations + Publications

Publication: “Icon to symbolize Future Energy,” Building Design + Construction, February 2016
Publication: “The Tech to Expect in Architecture in 2016,” Architect Magazine, January 14, 2016
Lecture: “The Language of Performance,” Politecnico di Milano, October 2015
Interview: “TIME World: Wonders of the World,” Time Magazine, July 2015
Presentation: "Global Emerging Markets: Parallels and Differences Between LatAm, Europe, and Asia. What Can We Learn From These Varying Geographies?" Real Estate Investment World, Latin America 2015, Four Seasons Hotel, Miami, May 26, 2015
Presentation: “Form Follows Performance,” Expo CIHAC 2014, Mexico DF, October 16, 2014
Presentation: “Capitalization of space. High Rise structures in urban environment,” 100+ Forum Russia, Yekaterinburg, Russia, September 24-26, 2014
Presentation: “200+ Buildings. Peculiarities of super Tall Buildings,” 100+ Forum Russia, Yekaterinburg, Russia, September 24-26, 2014
Interview: “Impact of High Rise Buildings on Cities,” Channel 41, Russia, September 25, 2014
Interview: “Experience on Design of Super High Rise Buildings,” Melina News Channel, Russia,  September 24, 2014
Presentation: “Kingdom Tower: the Long Winding Road,” Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings, Chicago, Illinois, February 2014
Publication: “Meeting the Challenges of a One Kilometer Tower,” CTBUH Journal, 2013
Publication: “Tall and Super Tall buildings, Planning and Design,”  McGraw Hill Publications, Contributor, May 2014
Publication: “Case Study: Kingdom Tower,” Facades Design and Delivery Conference, Chicago, Illinois, September 21, 2012
Presentation: “Supertall Building Design,” Buenos Aires National University, 2007
Publication:”Profile of a passionate and creative professional,” La Nacion newspaper, 2006
Publication:”World Patrimony: From International Style to New Futurism,” commentary on the Hancock Center and Chicago Architecture, 2006
Participated in juries at University of Illinois at Chicago, 2005 and 2006

Awards + Honors

The Chicago Athenaeum, Green Good Design Award, Green Urban Planning, Astana Expo City, 2016
Architectural Review, MIPIM Future Project Award, Cultural Regeneration, Commendation, Istanbul Cultural Center, 2016
Architizer A+ Awards, Typology Categories, Cultural: Unbuilt Cultural, Special Mention, Istanbul Cultural Center, 2016
WAN Future Project Award, Civic Building, Istanbul Cultural Center, 2015
Middle East AIA, Non-Built Category, Merit Award, Kingdom Tower, 2014
Architizer A+ Award: Residential High Rise, Finalist, Burj Khalifa, 2013 (while at SOM)
The Chicago Athenaeum, International Architecture Award, Burj Khalifa Gatehouses, 2012
Chicago AIA, Distinguished Building Award, Citation of Merit, Burj Khalifa, 2011 (while at SOM)
Chicago AIA, Interior Architecture Award, Citation of Merit, Public Areas at the Residences of Burj Khalifa, 2011 (while at SOM)
Chicago AIA, Special Recognition Award, Burj Khalifa Level 153, 2011 (while at SOM)
MEED Quality Awards, Project of the Year, Burj Khalifa, 2011 (while at SOM)
MEED Quality Awards, GCC Technical Building Project of the Year, Burj Khalifa, 2011 (while at SOM)
The Chicago Athenaeum, American Architecture Awards, Distinguished Building Award, Trump International Hotel & Tower, 2010 (while at SOM)
The Chicago Athenaeum, American Architecture Awards, Distinguished Building Award, Burj Khalifa, 2010 (while at SOM)
Chicago AIA, Design Excellence Award, Citation of Merit, Matrix Gateway Complex, 2010
Chicago AIA, Design Excellence, Unbuilt Catagory, Matrix Gateway Complex, 2010
CTBUH, Global Icon Award, Burj Khalifa, 2010 (while at SOM)
CTBUH, Best Tall Building in Middle East and Africa, Burj Khalifa, 2010 (while at SOM)
Architect Magazine, P/A Award, Matrix Gateway Complex, 2010
The Chicago Athenaeum, American Architecture Award, Matrix Gateway Complex, 2009
The Chicago Athenaeum, International Architecture Award, Matrix Gateway Complex, 2009
Maktoob Business, Best Building in the Mideast, Burj Dubai, 2009 (while at SOM)
Chicago Building Congress, Merit Award, Trump International Hotel & Tower, Chicago, Illinois, 2009 (while at SOM)
Cityscape Architectural Awards, High Commended Citation and Seal of Distinction, The Grand Boulevard, Dubai, 2008

Major projects at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture:

Expo-2017
Master Planning and Architecture for 174 hectare international exposition site features exhibition and cultural pavilions (118,620 sm); a residential development (686,000 sm); service areas including shopping, socio-cultural, educational and civic facilities; and site-wide parks (72,000 sm). Astana, Kazakhstan

Jeddah Tower
The next tallest building in the world, this multi-use Tower will feature a luxury hotel, office space, serviced apartments, luxury condominiums and the world’s highest observatory. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Matrix Gateway Complex
Designed as both an urban gateway and a self-sustaining city, this 42-story prototype would be one of the greenest, most aesthetically striking and technologically innovative mixed-use buildings in the world. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Crystal Center
Eleven jutting, crystalline structures of varying size–with cantilevers of up to 230 feet over the water–are joined at a base largely concealed beneath the surface, creating the illusion of independent structures. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Wings Museum
With its wings unfurled as if in midflight, this powerfully poetic structure is an evocation of the natural world at its most dynamic, and ecologically interdependent. That inspiration, combined with concepts from automobile design, has been developed into a sculptural, asymmetrical form. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Grand Boulevard
Luxury two-tower residential complex with outdoor plaza, a theater and unobstructed views of Burj Dubai. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Mansion
Luxury residential tower with retail podium complex and unobstructed views of Burj Khalifa. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Meraas Tower
Supertall mixed-use tower with faceted facade. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Burj Dubai Gatehouses
Security gatehouses at Burj Dubai development. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Burj Dubai Function Island
Pavilion event space for the Armani Spa Hotel at the Burj Dubai. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi Tower
Mixed-use supertall tower. Doha, Qatar

Eco-Bridge
Proposed 2-mile breakwater, completing the last major recommendation of the 1909 Burnham Plan. The bridge, which includes wind turbines, provides a grand civic space and includes a soft shoreline for the study of Great Lakes ecology. Chicago, Illinois

Energy Master Plan
Master planning and architecture for large-scale mixed-use district, including office, hotel, parks and civic spaces. Dubai, United Arab Emirates


At SOM:

Burj Khalifa
Supertall mixed use tower comprising residential, commercial, hotel, and retail spaces. Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2009

Chemsunny Plaza
Senior designer. Planning and schematic design for the 14 story, 1.8 million sf, double atrium, office building. Beijing, China, 2008

Las Vegas Tower
Design services for 1888-foot five-star resort tower, which will be the tallest hotel in the world when complete. Includes 4,000 rooms, restaurants, high-end retail, ballroom, recording studios. Las Vegas, Nevada

King Abdullah Economic City
Senior designer; master plan for new city for 2,000,000 inhabitants, on the Red Sea, north of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. City will be a modern community comprised of industrial, residential, office & financial, educational, commercial, resort, port facility and governmental agency facilities.

Trump International Hotel & Tower
Junior designer; Architectural design and structural engineering for 2.4 million sf, 90-story mixed use tower comprised of luxury residential, hotel, health club, retail, parking and riverfront park on prominent site along the Chicago River. Chicago, Illinois, 2007

Chicago Central Area Plan for 2020
Junior designer; Chicago, Illinois

Long Center for the Performing Arts
Junior technical coordinator; Architectural services for the renovation of performing arts facilities, including a 2,400-seat theater, an 800-seat theater and a smaller studio theater, 7,000 sf of office space and 2,000 sf of donor/patron space. Austin, Texas

Tampe Vapec Center for the Arts
Competition. Phoenix, Arizona

The Parade Studios
Detroit, Michigan

Avery Fisher Hall
Junior designer. 1200 seat theater, home of New York Philharmonic. 2002, New York, New York

Suzhou Convention and Exhibit Center
Competition, junior designer. Architectural design and engineering for a 2.8 million sf convention center and exhibition facility. Suzhou, China, 2006

Canary Wharf DS3
Architectural design services for 600,000 sf corporate office building. London, United Kingdom, 2003

Broadgate, 1, 2, and 3
London, United Kingdom

Beijing Orient headquarters
Competition, junior designer. Beijing, China


At Roberts-Gilardi Architects:

Entertainment and Educational Opera Theater
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Gran Rex Theater
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Rain Forest Building Ezeiza Zoo
Buenos Aires, Argentina

HSBC bank
Administrative and commercial offices

Boston Bank
Administrative and commercial offices

Alejandro Stochetti on...

design
Design goes beyond solving very challenging questions but asking the right ones—the ones that have not been asked before—and daring to answer them. It is fun but is also painful; you know everything can be done better, and you are always trying to do so.

his favorite "moment" in architecture
Every change in paradigm, every time architects dared to break the rules for the right reasons, and changed the way and the reasons architecture was being done.

his favorite city architecturally
Barcelona, and some parts of Rome. I am sure there are amazing pieces of cities all around the world, but the magic for most cities occurs in the small scale of a special street or plaza or waterfront. It is all about the human scale, its scents, its food, its people. Buildings can become frame or background that allows everyday activity to occur smoothly. Our best architecture and urban planning should encourage the vernacular life to flourish.

his biggest accomplishment at AS+GG
Continuously and in every project search for the best and optimal solution, challenge the program and the apparent straightforward solution, asking how things could be changed and if they should. In doing so, I always ask every team members to be critical and objective. There is never the only and right answer but different views that I want to hear and consider.

what he'd be if he weren't an architect
A musician, a composer or an orchestra director. I have always been amazed by the power of music. Like any other art, including architecture, it can transform human existence and elevate it to a higher spiritual level.