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Mauricio Soto is an assistant professor of architecture at CCA, where he teaches comprehensive building design studios, building technologies and seminars related with lightweight and membrane structures.
He is also a founding partner of the Studio for Lightweight Design, a multidisciplinary firm that specializes in the design, manufacturing, and installation of lightweight, membrane, and deployable structures.
Soto graduated with honors with a professional degree in architecture from the Universidad de Los Andes, Venezuela, in 1999. He also holds a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Michigan.
Before joining CCA, Soto worked in several architecture offices and construction companies in the United States, England, Germany, and Switzerland.
He was involved in the design of the membrane roof for the Norway Pavilion at the Expo 2010 in Shanghai (Helen & Hard), the deployable umbrellas for the Medina Mosque in Saudi Arabia (SL-Rasch), and the Spiky Pod inside the Queen Mary Hospital in London (Alsop and Partners/Architen).
The 2013-14 Architecture Lecture Series is funded by Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP; Jensen Architects; John Marx / Form4; Kava Massih Architects; McCall Design Group; Perkins+Will; Pfau Long Architecture; SmithGroupJJR; BraytonHughes Design Studios; Cary Bernstein Architect; Harley Ellis Devereaux; Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects; Levy Design Partners; Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects Inc.; Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture; ARCH Art & Drafting Supply; Blasen Landscape Architecture; David Gissen and Rachel Schreiber; Donald MacDonald, Architects; Gregory Andreas & Judith Rosenberg; Johanna Spilman; TANNERHECHT Architecture; and Group i.