4x4=16 Lecture Series - Arquitectas al Sur, Argentina

Join AIA|DC's Design Excellence Committee for a film screening and panel discussion highlighting the profound contributions of South American women architects in the world of design, diversity, and creativity. Attendees will gain insight into new and innovative construction techniques, socio-cultural investigations focused on how women relate to their environments, and an overall view of women in the design and construction business in South America.

This program is part of a 4-part series exploring representation of diverse typologies of unseen architecture in South American countries—including agricultural pampas, the desert pacific beaches, and the amazon jungle, all seen from the eyes of local women architects. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify new and innovative construction techniques authentic to South America; such as construction in the Argentinean pampas and the unique use of concrete in modern architecture. use of concrete in modern architecture.
  • Illustrate socio-cultural investigations focused on how women relate to their environment through the architectural profession.
  • Discuss the overall view of women in the design and construction business in South America and how they are dedicated to activities related to the profession and gender.
  • Discover the challenges and opportunities the diminishing natural resources present to the design of planning communities.

Presented by:

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ARCHITECTA Barbara Berson

Arquitecta Berson is the owner of the Estudio Berson Arquitectura, where she develops projects of various scales, both individually and together with associated colleagues. She actively participates in local and international competitions where she has won numerous awards. Among them the First Prize for the National Contest ̈La Casa Sustentable ̈, Argentine Pavilion of the Bicentennial, Urban Oasis Triumvirate, Faculty of Music of San Juan. She is a Counselor at CPAU; the Director of Notas Magazine; Professor at FADU UBA; Member of the Buenos Aires Biennial Committee; and received a Scholarship for the Creation of the National Fund for the Arts for the study of local vernacular architectures. Arquitecta Berson performs individual and collective art exhibitions. She is part of various groups such as La Raiz Rioplatense dedicated to concerns about exercising the profession from a citizenry. The book "Architecture sin Orillas (Shores)" has been the fruit of these meetings. I am an architect dedicated to developing activities related to the profession and gender.

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ARCHITECTA Monica Bertolino

"I believe in architecture as a complex phenomenon, as an integrity in which different spheres of thought converge (art, craft, the conceptual, the philosophical, the everyday) questions of time and period, of place and also of personal concerns", says Bertolino in one of the last interviews that they conducted in the Voz del Interior. Authors of the Farm Pavilions in Capilla del Monte and the Central Building of the Botanical Garden of Córdoba, among works, Bertolino has received numerous awards and is also a renowned university professor. The impeccable trajectory of Mónica Bertolino, both in her academic activity and in her private practice, shows an entirely sensitive and reflective position. From her actions, she has questioned and put into crisis previously established and positioned concepts and criteria, producing an architecture that has managed to positively transform the reality in which it is implanted; an honest, human architecture, with a continuous and positive dialogue with the place and with the users, and at the same time very rigorous and powerful.

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ARCHITECTA Paula Lavarello

Architecta Paula Lavarello is a partner of the studio ZAS LAVARELLO Arquitectos in Buenos Aires. She has a trajectory of 20 years of experience in design and directing built projects that include housing, offices and hotels. Architecta Lavarello was a Professor of Design at Universidad de Buenos Aires Design Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism; at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella University School of Architecture and Urban Studies; and a Visiting Professor The Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture. She is also an Adviser of the Professional Council of Architecture to the Buenos Aires Consejo Profesional de Arquitectura y Urbanismo; a Member of SOY ARQUITECTA and her office has participated in numerous exhibitions and architecture biennials. Architecta Lavarello studied at the Universidad de Buenos Aires Facultad de Arquitectura y Urbanismo and at Cornell and Columbia Universities. Recently her studio has received awards such as the 2021 VITRUVIAN Honors & Awards and the 2020 AFEX Award (France).

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Architecta Moisset was born in Córdoba. She studied Architecture at the Facultad de Arquitectura, Urbanismo y Desino of the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba and she completed the Dottorato di Ricerca in Composizione Architettonica at the Instituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia.

She is the founder and coordinator of the site Un Día | Una Arquitecta who since 2015 has been dedicated to making visible the work of women in the profession. She was the organizer of the opening event of the Buenos Aires Biennale 2015 (Meeting of Women and Architecture) and in 2016, the group won the Milka Bliznakov Prize awarded by the International Archive of Women in Architecture of Virginia Tech University. Arquitecta Moisset is a member of the CONICET Scientific Researcher Career Center. She obtained the Bernardo Houssay Award from the Secretariat of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation for Scientific and Technological Research in the Young Researcher category in the Architecture discipline in 2003. She was director of the Master in Design of Innovative Processes, UCC. She is the author of books, articles, blogs and a regular editor of Wikipedia where she participates in the Grupo Muj(lh)eres Latinoamericanas.

Organized by:

AIA|DC Design Excellence Committee

Soy Arquitecta / Argentina

Sponsored by:


MOYA Design Partners

Perkins + Will

David Haresign, FAIA

Francesca Franchi, AIA

Hendrix Studio




Shalom Baranes Associates, Architects

Smith Group

Whiting Turner

Winstanley Architects & Planners