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OTRA: Pablo Castro gives a talk on The Natural Man , as part of ARQUEX: Crecimientos, 2do. Congreso Internacional de Arquitectura + Diseño in Mérida, Mexico on 23 October 1pm, together with Productora, Macías Peredo, Manuel Cervantes


CONFERENCIA: Pablo Castro lectures at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella [for info on the lecture please click here] as part of the Xref Series: "featuring the work of architects who are transposing cultural and geographic frontiers, who remain foreign, exported and de-centered." See the full description in English here.


CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION: Our kindergarten for 540 Chinese children finally breaks ground


YOU ARE WELCOME: Please come visit when we open our doors for OpenStudios: Emerging Voices, organized by Open House New York and the Architectural League of New York. Sign up here and visit us between 1pm and 5pm, Saturday, July 11!


PUBLISHED: OBRA is included in Thirty Years of Emerging Voices, an overview of the Architectural League of New York's Emerging Voices Program published by Princeton Architectural Press documenting close to 250 of the most innovative North American design firms of the past three decades.


NAMED: OBRA recognized as City of Seoul Public Architect 서울시 공공건축가 by the Seoul Metropolitan Government for a two-year term


ARCHITECTURE IN SEOUL: Pablo and Jennifer take you to Noryangjin Fish Market in this feature on 37 EMERGING ARCHITECTS IN SEOUL in LUXURY Magazine's MARCH issue


STUDIO VISIT: OBRA featured in Architects Newspaper


AIA NY: Church in the Arctic wins a 2015 American Institute of Architects New York Design Merit Award, exhibition forthcoming


TALK IN PUEBLA: Pablo Castro will lecture at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey as part of the fourth Architecture, Art and Design Congress in Puebla, Mexico on February 26


UNDER CONSTRUCTION: Casa San Juan in San Juan, Argentina, to see progress photos and video please click here


ON NEWSTANDS IN SEOUL: ARCHITECTS DRAWING featuring drawings by Pablo Castro, Tadao Ando, Itami Jun, Kim Swoo Geun, Santiago Calatrava, Zaha Hadid, among others in the November issue of LUXURY Magazine, for English or Chinese speakers, brief overview can be viewed here


ON THE BOARDS: Mutli-family housing complex in San Juan, Argentina


OBRA FEATURED: in Hyundai Card Superseries blog read about OBRA New York Beijing Seoul


EXHIBITION: THINNEST LIGHT Seosomun-Bakk Historic Site Competition entry on view until 26 SEPT 2014 at Gallery 1898, Seoul, click here for photos of exhibition opening award ceremony held at Myeongdong Cathedral


COMPETITION RESULTS: THINNEST LIGHT, OBRA's entry to the SEOSOMUN-BAKK Historic Site Competition selected for special mention and inclusion in upcoming exhibit in Seoul


INTERVIEW: with Pablo Castro on the occasion of the 2014 KIM SWOO GEUN PREVIEW PRIZE: OBRA working in SEOUL


ON EXHIBIT: OBRA exhibited at the 2014 KIM SWOO GEUN PREVIEW PRIZE EXHIBITION held at Samtoh Gallery, Daehakro, Seoul from 14 June to 22 June


LECTURE:"I Fiori di Euclide"
OBRA Architects
Thursday 29 MAY 2014, 17:00
Aula Musmeci, Dipartimento di Architettura di Roma Tre, largo G. B.
Marzi, 10, Roma


BACK IN SEOUL: Lecture by Pablo Castro EVERYTHING THAT IS NOT SOMETHING at Konkuk University, Graduate School of Architecture. Location: 1 Hwayang-dong, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul

Tuesday 15 April, 5:30pm


OBRA AWARD: Sanhe Three Rivers Kindergarten wins a 2014 AIA NY Design Award. The Design Awards Exhibition opens at the Center for Architecture on Thursday 24 April 2014


OBRA SEOUL: Lecture by Pablo Castro The Art of Being Happy at Korea National University of Arts, School of Visual Arts, Architecture Department. Location: Hwarang-ro 32-gil, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul
Monday 16 December 2013, 5pm


OBRA ROMA: Pablo Castro to speak on CRIMINALS, DREAMERS AND SUICIDES at Iowa State University Rome, Piazza Cinque Scole 23, Wednesday 27 November 2013, 6pm
Click here for lecture video


IN PROGRESS: Working with Xu Bing Studio


IN PROGRESS: Casa Para Un Viñatero in San Juan, Argentina is under construction


Latest OBRA: Construction complete in Costa Rica


OBRA Ceramica: Essays on Architecture and Ceramics, Volume 5, with Junya Ishigami, Toni Girones and Pablo Castro, edited by Jesus Aparicio Guisado and Hector Fernandez Elorza


OBRA in SEOUL: Jennifer Lee will present at the YOUNG ARCHITECT FORUM KOREA CONFERENCE PARTY VOL5 at Daelim Art Gallery at Guseulmoa Billiard Hall, Seoul, Tuesday 26 March 2013, 5:30pm-10:00pm


LECTURE IN ROME: Pablo Castro at La Sapienza, Thursday 14 March 2013, 12:30pm-2:30pm


LECTURE IN ROME: Pablo Castro at Cornell, Palazzo Lazzaroni, Via dei Barbieri, 6, on 7 March 2013




OBRA Featured: Special focus edition covering 15 past projects by OBRA in World Architecture Review, Shenzhen


Exhibition Opening: WHERE ARE THE UTOPIAN VISIONARIES? ARCHITECTURE OF SOCIAL EXCHANGE Boston Society of Architects, BSA Space, Boston, Massachusetts, 16 November to 31 December 2012


Exhibition Opening and Book Launch: WHERE ARE THE UTOPIAN VISIONARIES? ARCHITECTURE OF SOCIAL EXCHANGE at the Rhode Island School of Design, BEB Gallery, Providence, Rhode Island, 8 November to 16 November 2012


OBRA in SEOUL: Pablo Castro to lecture at the Museum of Art, Seoul National University, on Friday 9 November 2012, 4:00pm


OBRA in ROME: Pablo Castro Estévez, James R. Lamantia, Jr., Rome Prize Fellow in Architecture, will give his shoptalk entitled ARCHITECTURE AND THE ROMANTIC DOGS of OBRA ARCHITECTS at the American Academy in Rome, Tuesday 23 October 2012, 6:30pm


OBRA OUTSIDE: Inside Out 2012 opening

OXYMORON PAVILION INSTALLATION: Originally designed for the HKSZ BIENNALE the Oxymoron Pavilion will be installed to accompany the official opening of OBRA's recently completed interior for the Inside Out Museum to be held 29 September 2012, 3-5pm, Beijing

kkc wins again: Korean Cultural Center wins 2012 Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award juried in Oslo, Norway


NIKOLA-LENIVETS: OBRA shortlisted to compete in the Design Competition for an Artist Residence Community in Nikola-Lenivets, located in the central part of Russia, 200 km southwest of Moscow and 70 km northwest of Kaluga

ON THE BOARDS: Sanhe School campus, Beijing, PR CHINA currently in progress... more coming soon!

SHORTLISTED: OBRA is one of four international practices selected for UP Projects New Floating Cinema 2013 competition in London

ON THE COVER: Featured in The Sourcebook of Contemporary Urban Design by Francesc Zamora Mola, Harper Collins Publishers, available 31 July 2012

THANKS CHESSA: Beautiful photo by Chessa Cahill, THE AGNOSTIC CONFESSIONARY TRIPTYCH great photography! Or see it in person at at 9 BLEECKER STREET, YIPPIE MUSEUM CAFE, New York City

CALLING ALL AGNOSTICS: Bid on THE AGNOSTIC CONFESSIONAL in 12x12NYC's silent online auction, or view it here

NOTED in the TIMES: OBRA-designed furniture HAS NEW YORK CITY HISTORY INGRAINED IN IT, a collaboration with Jerry Middleton, wood worker of Brooklyn,, and Rich Watts and Zachary Bruner of The City Foundry

WANTED DESIGN: The Agnostic Confessional at the Terminal Stores, 11th Avenue and 28th Street, featured in 12x12

Lecture in MADRID: Confesiones: Conferencia del Arquitecto Pablo Castro, OBRA Architects, part of the Cátreda Cerámica Madrid lecture series to take place at ETSAM Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid of the UPM Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, 23 April 2012, 12:30pm

Lecture in Norway: Confessions, Lecture by Pablo Castro, OBRA Architects, at the Oslo Arkitektforening (Oslo Architect Association) OAF, 19 April 2012, 7pm, Oslo

On charrette: OBRA invited to participate in a half-day charrette organized by The Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee of the AIA New York Chapter, in partnership with the Department of City Planning of the City of New York, exploring design strategies for flood resistance in urban areas, Friday, 23 March, 1-6pm, at the Center for Architecture

OBRA selected: for 12x12, an exhibition of 12 contemporary furniture designers and the reclaimed lumber of 12 demolished NYC buildings to be launched during Spring Design Week in May 2012

SHELTERED: Do architecture and housing understand each other? HKSZ Biennale Opening Events panel moderated by Aric Chen to take place 10 December, 20:00 - 21:00 at Hua Gallery, OCT, Shenzhen

BIENNALE OPENING: OXYMORON PAVILION opens 8 December at Shenzhen Civic Centre Plaza as part of Ultra-Light Village, 2011-2012 Shenzhen Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale for Architecture\Urbanism curated by Terence Riley

OBRA and YOUTH: Exhibited at the Korea Institute of Youth Facility & Environment, Thursday 24 Nov to Monday 28 Nov, at Induk University, Seoul

OBRA KOREA: Lecture to be held at Soongsil University, Seoul, on Thursday, 10 November 2011 at 6-7pm, Venture Hall Auditorium 309, see No. 10 on map, or click here for naver map or click here for address


UP NEXT: OBRA's OXYMORON PAVILION to be built in the Ultralight Village of the 2011 Shenzhen-Hongkong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture, opening ceremony in Shenzhen, 8 December 2011

OBRA SOUTH: Pablo Castro lectures at the Universidad Nacional de San Juan in San Juan, Argentina, 08 August 2011, 6pm

OBRA in SHENZHEN: OBRA has been invited to help build the ULTRALIGHT VILLAGE, six structures to be designed by architects from around the world and erected near Shenzhen Civic Center as part of the 2011 Shenzhen Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture, see curatorial statement by Chief Curator Terry RIley here

CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS: Work continues on the 95-hectare site atop CERRO OSA on the OSA PENINSULA, Costa Rica

OBRA on the cover: Pablo Castro: Arquitecto de San Juan para el mundo

OBRA published in Korea: Special C3 issue on HOUSES

Cocktails at OBRA: You are invited to stop by OBRA from 7 to 9 pm on Monday, May 16 for cocktails hosted by TOWANT events, Florence, Italy, with Interni, Devon&Devon, Essequattro, Listone Giordano and Stone Italiana.

OBRA in ARQ: ARQ77 featuring works by Eduardo Castillo, Chile / leóndelima arquitectos, Perú / Sebastián Irarrázaval, Chile / Obra arquitectos, Argentina-EE.UU. / Smiljan Radic y Marcela Correa, Chile / Selgas Cano arquitectos, España with book publication party 27 April 2011

2011 AIA NY Design award winner: OBRA recognized with a 2011 AIA NY Design Award, symposium to take place at the Center for Architecture, New York, April 16, 11am to 5pm, exhibition opening on Thursday, April 14, 2011, 6 to 8pm

AFRAID OF THE DARK: OBRA Lecture at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, Feltman Seminar Spring 2011 Wednesday, March 9, 6-8 pm, Foundation Building, 7 East 7th Street, Room 315

UNDER CONSTRUCTION: Work has begun on the 95-hectare site atop CERRO OSA on the OSA PENINSULA, Costa Rica

OBRA green: Centrifugal Villa included in 150 BEST ECO HOUSE IDEAS, Harper Collins NY + LOFT Publications Barcelona, 2010

OBRA ON RECORD: Survey of the past 11 years of MoMA PS1's Young Architects Program with views of BEATFUSE!

OBRA OCEANFRONT: Here is our version of the Oceanfront Pavilion, a proposal submitted to CREATIVETIME and ArtBasel Miami earlier this year, we call it LIGHT CLOUD

1 OF 30: OBRA included in Wallpaper* Magazine's Architects Directory 2010 and featured in the July issue on newsstands now


BELLO E POSSIBILE: OBRA's prize-winning Quartieri Parco Ca D'Oro is exhibited at the Centro Culturale Santa Maria delle Grazie organized by /candiani5 URBAN CENTRE and Immobiliare Veneziana from June 19 to June 27

PANEL: Pablo Castro participates in A Final Look at Contemplating the Void panel at the Center for Architecture, New York, April 23, 6pm

OPENING: AIA New York Design Awards 2010 on view at the Center for Architecture, New York, from April 15 to July 3

OBRA LECTURE: will take place at Delaware College of Art & Design on Thursday, April 8, 2010 at 12:45

OPENING: ORDOS NOW opens at O Gallery, 751 Art District, Beijing on Saturday April 3

OBRA places 3rd: Quartieri Parco Ca D'Oro wins 3rd Prize in the competition for social housing in Venice, Italy juried by Franco Purini and organized by La Immobiliare Veneziana: Master plan di interventi di edilizia residenziale non convenzionale, in collaboration with AZ Studio + CZ Studio

OBRA WINS 2x: OBRA recognized with 2 Design Awards in this year's American Institute of Architects New York Chapter Design Awards, download the full list of winners here

ON THE COVER: Centrifugal Villa featured in CASATREND Magazine, Bologna

ON EXHIBIT: OBRA included in the Guggenheim's 50th anniversary exhibit: Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum on view February 12 to April 28

1 OF 50: OBRA selected as one of ARQUINE's 50 Emerging Talents of the Americas

COMPETITION IN PROGRESS: Team OBRA selected to compete in IBA-Hamburg building exhibition for the Smart Price Houses competition

COMPETITION: OBRA included in a restricted competition to design the Korean Cultural Center in New York City

OBRA ON THE COVER: The Architect's Newspaper features Centrifugal Villa, Southampton

OBRA IN LONDON: Two built projects by OBRA featured in AA|FAB Exhibition: Designing Fabrication part of THE LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL

WORK IN PROGRESS: Interior installation for Queens Paideia School

ON THE TRAIN:"Architecture and the Future" published in Fellow Traveler Magazine, available on China Railway High-Speed (CRH) trains

OBRA BACK AT PS1: Young Architects Program 10th Anniversary Review now on at PS1

OBRA SELECTED: RED+HOUSING selected by the AA|FAB jury to be exhibited in London this September

if you read chinese: please read about RED+HOUSING here

FINALLY OUT: TOP ARQUITECTOS AMERICANOS recently released by Atrium Group Publishers, Barcelona

OBRA IN THE NEWS: Interview with Pablo Castro published in El Nuevo Diario San Juan 29 May 2009

OBRA IN BQ: published in this Thursday's BQ Beijing Youth Weekly 28 May 2009

OBRA on the web: Villa of Captured Distance featured on on 19 May 2009

OBRA OPENING: Crossing: Dialogues for Emergency Architecture to open at the National Art Museum of China on May 12, 2009, 14:00

OBRA LECTURE: will take place at Tsinghua University, Beijing, on Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 16:00-17:30

OBRA INDUCTED: Jennifer Lee to be inducted into the Cooper Union Alumni Hall of Fame on April 17

OBRA AT COOPER HEWITT: Pablo Castro to participate in a presentation and panel at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum on Wednesday, March 11, 2009 at 6:30 pm for Gilbert Rohde and Design Now moderated by Russell Flinchum

OBRA POST: Moving Cities founder Bert de Muynck focuses on OBRA at Work in China

OBRA LECTURE: will take place on Wednesday, March 3, 2009 at Universidad de Puerto Rico Escuela de Arquitectura

JUST PUBLISHED IN CHINA: "OBRA, At Work in China," published in the February issue of Perspective Magazine, Hong Kong, download it here or see an excerpt online

JUST PUBLISHED IN CHINA: Interview with Pablo Castro featured in the inaugural issue of ARCHITECTURE VIEW, January 2009, Volume 01, Beijing, China

OBRA LECTURE: will take place on Monday, January 12, 2009 at 6 pm as part of the University of Florida School of Architecture Spring 2009 lecture series, co-sponsored by the School of Architecture and the Preservation Institute Caribbean

OBRA INVITED: to participate in the exhibition Crossing: Dialogues for Emergency Architecture to open at the National Art Museum of China in May 2009

PUBLISHED IN CHINA: OBRA, Anonymous Poet in Mass Production Era published in November issue of Trendshome Magazine, Beijing, 2008/11, No. 144

PUBLISHED IN THE UK: HATCH: The New Architectural Generation by Kieran Long, published by Laurence King Publishing Ltd, London, September 2008

OBRA PODCAST: The Architectural League presents projects by the 13 New York-based architects participating in the Ordos 100 in the current exhibition 13:100 | Thirteen New York Architects Design for Ordos, on view through November 26, 2008. Audio excerpts are included in the exhibition installation; view interview with Pablo Castro here

OBRA ON EXHIBIT 11 OCT TO 26 NOV: On view at the Urban Center: 13:100 | Thirteen New York Architects Design for Ordos, an exhibition of villas by New York-based architects participating in the Ordos 100, a new residential development in the city of Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China, for accompanying events please see the invite

OBRA OPENHOUSE: Studio tour with architects on Sunday, October 5 at 3 pm, see details at openhousenewyork

OBRA ON EXHIBIT 17 SEPT TO 14 NOV: Pratt Institute will present CROSSING DISCIPLINES: LIGHT, an exhibition of faculty work in The Rubelle and Norman Schafler Gallery, work from the exhibition was selected by artist Keith Sonnier, known worldwide for his light sculpture, and is part of an ongoing series of faculty exhibitions that explore themes shared by artists and designers in multiple departments of Pratt Institute


OBRA IN PRINT: OBRA interview published in BQ Beijing Youth Magazine, Issue No. 25, 19 June 2008 and in the July/August 54th Annual Design Review issue of I.D. Magazine

10 July 2008: I.D. 2008 Annual Design Review exhibit organized by Parsons the New School for Design and I.D. Magazine on view until 28 Sept 2008

BOOKS IN PRINT: Available at William Stout and at Pace Books

24 May 2008: BEIJING TRIPOD opens at Median Art Gallery, Haidian District, a collaboration with Werner Sobek Engineers

OBRA ON EXHIBIT 1 May 2008: AIA NY Honor Awards winners on display at the Center for Architecture, New York until 7 JULY 2008

17 April 2008: OBRA lectures at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing

28 March 2008: Jennifer Lee invited to jury the XXIII UIA World Congress of Architecture competition INFOPOINT in Torino, Italy

24 March 2008: OBRA's URBIA Furniture System for Small Apts in Big Cities wins a 2008 I.D. Annual Design Review Award of Design Distinction

25 Feb 2008: BEATFUSE! wins a 2008 AIA New York Project Honor Award

OBRA IN CHINA: OBRA selected to participate in the ORDOS 100 project in Inner Mongolia

15 January 2008: OBRA competes in the History Channel's City of the Future Design and Engineering Challenge in Washington, D.C.

OBRA OPENHOUSE: URBIA FURNITURE SYSTEM featured in a special showing SATURDAY OCT 6 and SUNDAY OCT 7, see details at openhousenewyork

ON THE COVER: OBRA featured in Wood Design and Building Magazine's Summer 2007 issue, No. 39

12 September 2007: OBRA lecture at Temple Univ, Architecture Department of the Tyler School of Art

July 2007: OBRA's work featured in Revista Casa Viva No. 36, Madrid

12 July 2007: Jennifer Lee of OBRA is honored with the 2007 Urban Visionaries Award for Emerging Talent by the Cooper Union

26 June to 19 August 2007: Young Americans exhibition opens at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt am Main

June 2007: OBRA featured in Issue No. 274 of C3 Magazine, Seoul, Korea

May 2007: OBRA's work included in In.Form in its latest issue exploring the relationship between art and architecture

9 April 2007: OBRA gives a talk at Universidad Torcuato di Tella, Buenos Aires

April 2007: OBRA featured in Young Architects Americas, DAAB Publishing, Cologne

March 2007: OBRA featured in Young Americans: Neue Architektur in den USA, DOM Publishers, Berlin

12 March 2007: OBRA is awarded a contract with the NY City Dept of Design + Construction as part of its Design Excellence Initiative

7 March 2007: OBRA participates in an invited competition for 130-bed graduate student housing at Pratt Institute juried by Kenneth Frampton, Barry Bergdoll, Thomas Hanranhan, Richard Scherr

1 March 2007: Listen to OBRA's Conversation on the MoMA website at Think Modern: Adult and Academic Programs Audio Archive 2007

23 February 2007: OBRA lectures in Conversations with Contemporary Artists at Museum of Modern Art, Celeste Bartos Theater, Friday, February 23 at 6:30 pm

1 February to 1 March 2007: OBRA Architects BEATFUSE! exhibited at the University of Minnesota College of Design

January 2007: OBRA featured in DETAILS Korea

December 2006: OBRA's work featured in SPA-DE Space & Design, Japan

29 November 2006: Prototypes, Mockups and Models Roundtable at Center for Architecture

9 November to 12 December 2006: "Prototypes, Mockups and Models" exhibit at Fordham University

15 November 2006: OBRA lecture at UC Berkeley

19 October to 22 October 2006: Zodchestvo 2006 Architectural Festival, Moscow, exhibited by Union of Architects of Russia

16 October 2006: OBRA lecture at NC State University

November 2006: "Temporary Works: OBRA Architects" A+U October 2006 No. 433
A+U Magazine features the work of OBRA Architects view excerpt here

October 2006: OBRA featured in ARX Magazine, Moscow

October 2006: OBRA featured in W Korea

9 September 2006: ARCHITECTURE TOUR AT PS1

August 2006: OBRA featured on the cover of CONCEPT Magazine, Seoul, Korea

August 2006: FUJI TV spot
On the air at NY1 Noticias Channel 801 in NY/NJ

July 2006: "Dazzling pavilions of past and present" in International Herald Tribune
Art Alfresco in New York Magazine
As seen on TV Asahi Channel 10 Japan
Featured on NY1 and Bloomberg Television
On view at MoMA and in the courtyard at PS1

June 2006: BEATFUSE! in progress

15 May 2006: Pablo Castro and Jennifer Lee are named 2006 Fellows in Architecture/ Environmental Structures from the New York Foundation for the Arts

13 March 2006: OBRA Architects wins the 7th annual PS1/MoMA Young Architects Program

7 March 2006: OBRA lectures at Cooper Union as part of its CU@LUNCH series

19 January to 28 February 2006: "New American Architecture" Exhibit presented by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, Herman Miller Showroom, Los Angeles, California

17 November to 15 December 2005: "New American Architecture" Exhibit presented by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, Herman Miller Showroom, New York, New York

October 2005: OBRA's first monograph published by China Architecture and Building Press is available online at

20 October 2005: OBRA interview by Swedish artist Jon Brunberg featured on the Polynational War Memorial Project website

31 March 2005: OBRA lectures at the Urban Center as one of 2005 Emerging Voices of the Architectural League of New York.

February 2005: Pablo Castro and Jennifer Lee at Cranbrook Academy of Art Department of Architecture, Architects-in-Residence.

15 January to 28 March 2005:OBRA exhibits at the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design.