Guillermo Aranda-Mena [GAM]

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Gender MALE
Industry Architecture
Occupation Recently (visiting) Architecture Professor at the Politecnico di Milano
Location Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Introduction Guillermo Aranda-Mena is an architect and Associate Professor at RMIT University, Melbourne. He holds a UNESCO Architecture Chair as Visiting Professor at the Politecnico di Milano where he also teaches. Guillermo studied architecture in Mexico and Spain. Guillermo splits his year living in Australia, Europe and Asia. He has spent extensive periods of time living, studying or working in a number of countries such as Denmark, Portugal, Canada, the USA, Singapore, Fiji, Vietnam, Holland and more recently Switzerland and Italy. In 2010 he completed a professional certificate in Digital Design (VDC) at Stanford University, California. Guillermo consults to individuals and to client organisations on areas of architectural briefing and conceptual design, value capture and digital design and visualisation methods to ENVISION project outcomes - maximising project value. To contact email:
Interests El arte, la arquitectura, el viajar and exploracion de lugares y culturas ... y todas sus variantes e implicaciones. Who is who in architecture: Pushing the envelop: Tom Mayne/Morphosis, Eric Owen Moss, Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Coop Himmelb(l)au, Daniel Libeskin, Rem Koohaas. Purist/earlier influence: Mario Botta, Alvaro Siza, Luis Barragan, Glen Mercutt, Aalvar Alto, Tadao Ando, Shagiro Bau, John Lautner, Eeron Sarinem, Herzog and De Meuron, Rafael Moneo. Emilio Ambasz. Big shed: Santiago Calatrava, Pier Luigi Nervi, Jon Utzon, Otto Frei, Future Systems, Luis Khan, MI Pei, Jean Nouvel, Oscar Niemeyer, Foster+P, Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano. Inspiring buildings: Penguin Pool at London Zoo by Berthold Lubedkin TECTON. State Library of Victoria - especially the reading room amazing, light generous space which became my non-official office at some point. LeCourbusier has to be the mad and insane man of the 20th century!
Favorite Movies French cinema has to be my favorite... increasingly Italian cinema. Great intricate stories of "real human unfinished stories". I have way too many favorite films and directors. Some films that stick in my mind - perhaps for the wrong reasons - include Easy Rider, 2001 Space Odyssey, Papillon, The Ax, La Strada, Shine, Betty Blue, Breaking the waves, Dogs Ville, Life's Bitch (Amores Perros), Y tu Mamá tambien, A clockwork orange, Paris-Texas, Eraser Head, Europa, Rocky, The Apartment, Little Fish, The Great Scape, Casino, The Godfather series, The Name of the Rose, 80000 Shots (the reconstruction of Berlin).....
Favorite Music Favorite and most influential band "Soda Stereo". The rest, eclectic like hell! including Carlos Santana, El Tri, Maldita Vecindad, Mana, Los Caifanes, Moenia, Heroes del Silencio, Raimstein, Moby Play, Rush, Reik, Fobia, Cafe Tacuba, Manu Chao, Buenavista Social Club, Cold Play and many, many more. Twelve-tone music, medieval barroque, musica de trio, tambora (Los Tres Panchos, Jorge Negrete, Vicentito Fdez., Los Tigres del Norte, La Banda del Recodo). Also, Brasilean Jazz, Marchinas de Carnaval and Bosanova. I also enjoy - the good old rock and jazz classics ... can not scape from The Beatles, Guns'nd Roses, Midnight Oil, Los Ramones, The Pixies, Red Hot Chilli Pepers, kiss Janis Joplin, John Lee Hoker, Bob Dylan, Louis Amstron and Miles Davies [has to be: A Kind of Blue]. Latinoamerican contemporary classics such as the Mexican composers Manuel María Ponce Cuéllar (8 December 1882 – 24 April 1948) and Silvestre Revueltas (December 31, 1899 - October 5, 1940).
Favorite Books Current/recent: Slow train to Switzerland, various readings from Italian authors such as Andrea Camilleri. Carlo Scarpa, guida all'architettura; Galileo; The Long Way Down; Swiss Watching; The Cohen Brothers. Recent: Vaclav Havel's "To the Castle and Back" Soul Mountain by Gao Xingjian The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald Solar by Ian McEwant A brave new world by Aldous Huxtley I peed on Fellini by David Stratton, Divided Cities by Esther Charlesworth. The Creation of Controversy by Dorothy Nelkin. It is dangerous to visit bookshops. Walter Benjamin 'Arquitecturea de las galerias de Paris', Ann Rayn, Atlas Shrugged, Rosa Mujica, Mi Hermana Frida, Josh Pascher, La Crema del Crimen, Robin Bowles, Dead Centre, Cuentos de Mujeres Infieles.... In my 20's: Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead, Zen and the art of motorcyle maintenance, the complete work of George Kelly on Personal Construct Psychology, the work of Karl Poper. Los Hermanos Karamazov de Fedor Dovstoyevsky. I enjoy latinoamerincan novels, cuentos y novelas. In my teens: El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha (1615) de Miguel de Cervantes Saveedra. Miguel Strogoff el correo del Zar de Jules Verne, Lazarillo de Tormes (1552- unknown), Los de Abajo (1915 - Mariano Azuela), La Celestina, Cuentos de Horacio Quiroga, Cuentos de Edgar Allan Poe. Comics: Memin Pingüin, Condorito, Asterix, Titin, El Gato Felix and Quino.

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