Ernesto Oroza


Ernesto Oroza Biography


Ernesto Oroza’s practice channels the tradition of Radical Architecture into his own analytical employment of contemporary object typologies and productive forces. In lieu of functioning within the realm of manufacturing, he produces and distributes speculative models and research through various publication methods, exhibitions, collaborative practices, documentaries, and unorthodox forays into more conventional modes of architecture, interior and object design.

Oroza earned a degree at the Havana Superior Institute of Design. He was visiting professor in Les Ateliers, Ecole Nationale Superieure de Creation Industrielle (ENSCI) in Paris (1998), and professor of the Polytechnic Institute of Design of Havana from 1995 to 2000. His work has been presented at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Groninger Museum, The Netherlands; LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, Spain; Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City; Institut de Cultura La Virreina, Barcelona. He has participated twice in the Saint-Etienne International Design Biennial, Saint-Etienne, France. Oroza has been awarded fellowships by Guggenheim Foundation; Christoph Merian Foundation, Basel, Switzerland; Danish Center for Cultural Development; and Ludwig Foundation. He was Professor at Polytechnic Institute of Design, Havana. Among his books are: Notes sur la maison moirée. Ou un urbanisme pour des villes qui se vident (Saint-Étienne, 2013), RIKIMBILI: Une étude sur la désobéissance technologique et quelques formes de réinvention (Publications de l’Université de Saint-Étienne, France, 2009); NO WASTE (London Pentagram Design, 2003); Editing Havana: Stories of Popular Housing (Aristo Bogforlag, 2011); and (with Penelope de Bozzi) Objets Réinventé. La création populaire a Cuba (Ëditions Alternatives, 2002). He is co-editor of the Objects Aside series for [NAME] Publications. He has also published writings in e-flux Journal and Monu–A Magazine for Urbanism.