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Pico Colectivo

Marcos Coronel is an Architect graduated from the Extramuros Teaching Unit, FAU - Central University of Venezuela. He is a specialist in Urban Policies (Latin American Institute of Planning, 2016) and has a Diploma in Rehabilitation of Structures (Building Conservation and Restoration Program-Unesco, 2015). Together with a group of urban operators, in 2011 he creates Pico Colectivo, a laboratory focused on popular settlements. Due to his career, they are distinguished with the Prize for Social Habitat, Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, conferred by the United Nations Organization UN-Habitat 2016.

His work looks at exchange spaces, open and free systems, and cultural structures in community atmospheres, immersed in a context where multiple social entities try to achieve empowerment and self-management.

During 2010, while still a student at the Extramural Teaching Unit of the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the UCV in Barquisimeto, he attended different meetings at the residence of the Master and National Architecture Award Winner, Fruto Vivas, who from then on would be his mentor and main influence of his disciplinary formation.

In 2011, he created PICO Colectivo (Proyecto de Interés Comunitario), structure of political action in the territory, focused on interventions of physical regeneration within the communities. Shortly after, he built his first project, a reclassification of the single-family housing model of social interest, based on the reformulation of materials, techniques and protocols used in standardized typologies.

In 2014 he is in charge of directing the Espacios de la Paz project, a challenging program of self-construction of public spaces in precarious favelas. From this moment, he manages to develop different projects of social units in popular settlements and emerging contexts of Venezuela and the world. In this period he has guided, designed and built more than 40 projects with the participation of multiple social organizations and institutions.

As a teacher and speaker, he has taught at the Ecole Nationale d'Architecture Paris Val de Seine, 2020; School of Architecture of the University of Talca, 2018; Faculty of Architecture and Planning of the National University of Rosario, 2017; Veritas University, 2019; FAU University of Chile, 2019; at Manchester School of Architecture, 2018; and at the Tecnológico de Monterrey, 2016. His articles have been widely published in books and scientific journals.

In 2016 he was in charge of the curatorial project for the Venezuelan Pavilion -Urban Forces– at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale.

Honors and recognitions for the collective's projects include the Curry Stone Design Prize (USA), being highlighted among the 100 most relevant social design practices in the world during 2017. Habitat Architecture Sans Frontieres International Awards 2015 Social Production Award In 2018 he receives the Young Architect In Latin America award at the Venice Architecture Biennale.

In 2018 he is considered an emerging talent and receives the Young Architect In Latin America award from Architecture Studio at the Venice Architecture Biennale directed by Yvonne Farrell and McNamara. The same year he was nominated for the Oscar Niemeyer Award for Latin American Architecture.