Elwood R. Quesada Professor of Architecture

Education: Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Barcelona)

Iñaki Alday, founder and principal with Margarita Jover of 'aldayjover arquitectura y paisaje', is the Elwood R. Quesada Professor of Architecture since August 1, 2011. Iñaki has been the Chair of the Department of Architecture from 2011 to 2016. Since 2016, he is the Director of the Yamuna River Project, the first pan-university grand challenge project at the University of Virginia. The University of Virginia’s Yamuna River Project is a long-term, interdisciplinary research program whose objective is to revitalize the ecology of the Yamuna River in the Delhi area.  Iñaki Alday and Pankaj Vir Gupta -- Professor of Architecture and Principal, Vir Mueller Architects/Delhi -- initiated the project with a series of research studios beginning in 2013-14.  The outcome was Re-Centering Delhi, an award-winning vision of Delhi’s Yamuna that rejuvenates the local environment, improves local infrastructure, and reorients patterns of urban settlement in order to ameliorate the lives of local residents and enhance public access to Delhi’s culturally and ecologically vital Yamuna River.  Currently, phase two of the Yamuna River Project involves an interdisciplinary team from the University of Virginia with expertise in architecture, land planning, civil engineering, environmental science, public-private partnerships, anthropology, political science, history, and cultural studies.  The team’s objective is to engage the efforts of government agencies, experts and activists in an ongoing program to address the multidimensional challenges posed by the vision of Re-Centering Delhi. The signing of a memorandum of understanding with the Delhi Jal Board on July 12, 2016 makes revitalizing the ecology of the Najafgarh drain, the source of 60% of Yamuna’s pollution in the Delhi area, an important focus of phase two.  Over the longer term, the Yamuna Project’s objective is to build a publicly accessible body of information and expertise that will catalyze efforts to reinvigorate the Yamuna’s ecological system in Delhi.

Prior to joining UVA, Iñaki Alday has been an associate professor in the School of Architecture of Valles (Barcelona, Polytechnic University of Catalonia) as well as lecturer and visiting professor in several other universities. Both the academic appointment and the current practice of the office face the demand of a new attitude in front of the professional and academic challenges of the contemporary transformation. The role of Architecture and Architects, the interdisciplinary work and integration of scales, the new nontraditional programs as infrastructures and energy or the social and environmental ethics are some of the challenges to face with a global vision. With aldayjover aldayjover arquitectura y paisaje, Iñaki Alday and Margarita Jover are authors of outstanding landscape works as the Aranzadi Park (Pamplona, 2013), the Water Park (Zaragoza, 2008) and the Recovering of the Gallego River Waterfronts (Zuera, 2001), urban public space works as the Integration of the New Tramway of Zaragoza (2011-2012) and architecture as The Mill Cultural Centre (Utebo, 2004), the District Heating and Colling (Zaragoza, 2008) or the Center for the Interpretation of Agriculture (Pamplona 2012). Some of latest works of aldayjover are the extension of the Parc Guell in Barcelona with new connecting paths and the New Green Diagonal, after winning the competition for the Sagrera Parc together with RCR arquitectes y WEST8, a green space of 40 Ha (100 Acres) and 4 km long (2,5 miles) over the tracks of the railway. Among others, the office has been awarded with the European Urban Public Space Prize (2002), the FAD Prize of City and Landscape (2009), the Garcia Mercadal Prize (2001 and 2005), two Green Good Design (The Chicago Atheneum, 2011), the First Prize of Urban Integration (International Assoc for Public Transportation, 2012), the AZ Awards for the best Landscape Architecture (2016), and has been finalist of the International Landscape Biennale (2014), the European Landscape Biennale (2008), Iber-american Architecture Biennale (2004) and the Spanish Architecture Biennale (2005 and 2009), as well as nominated for the Mies van der Rohe European Prize (2009). The built work has been exhibited, among others, in the Deutches architekturmuseum (Frankfurt), Architekturzentrum Vienna (AzW), Cité de l’architecture (Paris), Venice Biennale 2012, Architecture Biennale of Rótterdam (NAI) 2004 and 2014, X y VIII Architecture Biennales of Spain, IV Bienal de Arquitectura Latinoamericana and several Architects Associations and Schools of Architecture around Spain and the United States.