Graduate Architecture

Posted May 21, 2019
  • PhD Candidate German Pallares

PhD Candidate Named H+U+D Doctoral Dissertation Fellow

German Pallares, PhD Candidate in the History and Theory of Architecture, was selected as one of two Andrew W. Mellon Doctoral Dissertation Fellows at the University of Pennsylvania for the 2019-2020 academic year. The fellowships are administered by the Humanities, Urbanism, and Design Initiative (H+U+D).

Pallres' dissertation, “Life at the Border: The Transboundary Urban Spaces of the México/U.S. Borderland, from PRONAF to PIF,” is centered on the binational projects of infrastructure, landscape, and architecture of the 1960s and 1970s that aimed to generate a more permeable and unified border region.

Previously, Pallares was a professor and Chair of the School of Architecture at Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Santa Fe in Mexico City, teaching both Studio and History & Theory courses. At Tec de Monterrey he initiated and managed collaborative academic projects with international offices, such as Zaha Hadid Architects, and later collaborated with Legorreta Arquitectos as a Project Designer/Manager for the Aga Kahn Foundation’s University and Hospital Campus in Tanzania, Africa. He has been a guest critic in Mexico, Spain, and the U.S.

At the University of Pennsylvania's Weitzman Schol of Design, Pallares has taught History & Theory courses, and has collaborated as a Research Assistant. He holds a Master’s in Theory and Practice of the Architectural Project from the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (ETSAB) in Barcelona and a B.Arch from Tec de Monterrey Campus Monterrey.

During the fellowship year, Mellon Doctoral Dissertation Fellows will participate in the H+U+D Colloquium, where they will present their research, host speakers, discuss texts, and visit museum exhibitions, buildings, and sites.

H+U+D promotes integrated knowledge of 21st century urbanism across humanities and design disciplines at Penn. Thanks to a generous award from the Andrew Mellon Foundation faculty and students can explore the creation of culturally rich and satisfying, environmentally sustainable and resilient, socially just and healthy places for present and future city dwellers.