Published: 01 July 2020

Surrey launches interview series with spatial structures ‘movers and shakers’

In advance of IASS 2020/21, we are putting the spotlight on some of the ‘movers and shakers’ in the international spatial structures community through a series of video interviews. Here we catch up with Juan Gerardo Oliva Salinas, an architect and Professor at the University of Mexico’s Faculty of Architecture.

In the interview, Juan Gerardo Oliva Salinas talks about his career as an architect and academic, why he is passionate about spatial structures, and his work with Frei Otto, one of the most renowned pioneers in the field who designed iconic structures such as the roof of the Olympic Stadium in Munich.

Juan Gerardo describes his lifelong interest in spatial structures which began as a student of architecture at the University of Mexico. He then spent seven years at the University of Stuttgart working in the institute of lightweight structures among other departments, before returning as a professor and researcher to the University of Mexico, where he still works today.

The interview is one of a series being conducted with key figures in the field of spatial structures in advance of the IASS Annual Symposium and Spatial Structures Conference 2020/21. IASS 2020/21 has been postponed for a year due to Covid-19, and will be held at the University of Surrey on 23 to 27 August 2021.

See more of our ‘movers and shakers’ interviews by following Spatial Structures 2020/21 on Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter, including an interview with Sigrid Adriaenssens, Associate Professor at Princeton University and Keynote Speaker at IASS 2020/21. More interviews in the series will be uploaded over the coming months.

Find out more about IASS 2020/21.

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