Cazu Zegers

Cazú Zegers

Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor of Architectural Design

From 1990 to the present, Cazú Zegers is dedicated to the free exercise of the profession. The transit through different scales is what characterizes Cazú Zegers Studio and her projects which go from the object (micro) to the territory (macro) or from the territory to the object. She has ventured into different areas of architectural design, from the design of objects, including lighting and furniture, to territorial planning and cultural management through the Lastarria Observatory Foundation in which she develops research projects in various artistic fields. Today, it is known as the +1000 Foundation, which, among other things, seeks to position the city of Santiago as the “Outdoor Capital of Latin America.”

She is a prominent lecturer, both in Chile and abroad.

Her artistic method is through the poetic word that comes from the territory which generates a gesture, figure and form, inaugurating a new cultural landscape through architecture. This has been a legacy in her teaching. Her ideas are reflected in the first generation of architects of the school of architecture in Talca University. She also taught at the Catholic University and in the Universidad del Desarrollo. The projects of Cazú Zegers Architecture constitute a singular architecture, expressed mainly in residential works, singular projects such as The Chapel of the Holy Spirit and Territorial planning, including Kawellucó “ruralization” and hotels. Through these projects, the firm has developed a contemporary language in timber, expressed in the Tierra Patagonia Hotel (Hotel of the Wind) that highlights the search for new architectural forms generated through the relationship between poetry and architecture in the American territory.

She is an active member of the Group of the XXI, a group of thinkers, writers and artists who gather around the urgent need to “think Chile” and “encourage hope.” They propose a cultural orientation for Chile that especially values its cultural and natural heritage, integrating three areas of thinking: the philosophical, the sapiential, and the poetic.


Spring 2020
Advanced Design Studio: Women’s Museum for the Twenty-First Century
Cazú Zegers, Kyle Dugdale