Visiting Professor to Lead Belmont Bridge Design Competition Workshop at U.Va.

January 19, 2012 — Eduardo Arroyo, the 2012 Robertson Visiting Professor at the University of Virginia's School of Architecture and founder of an award-winning architecture firm based in Madrid, will lead a two-week, school-wide workshop in response to an open call for proposals for a new design for the Belmont Bridge in Charlottesville.

It will kick off on Jan. 30 with Arroyo's lecture, "Building Uncertainties," to be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Campbell Hall, room 153.

The workshop, "Belmont Vortex," will allow architecture and landscape architecture students enrolled in a studio course to design entries for a competition being organized by the Belmont-Carlton Neighborhood Association. Students will be grouped into teams of 10 in a "vertical" structure, allowing undergraduate and graduate students to work together, and beginning design students to be grouped with more advanced students. Each group will have a faculty adviser and will produce a proposal for the competition.

Students in the departments of Urban and Environmental Planning and Architectural History are encouraged to participate as well.

Arroyo was born in Bilbao in 1964 and graduated as an architect and town planner in 1988 from the Superior Technical School of Architecture in Madrid. Since then, he has taught and lectured worldwide.

His firm, NO.MAD, was founded in Amsterdam in 1989, moved to Paris and Bilbao, and has been based in Madrid since 1996. The firm has produced several acclaimed projects, including the Lasesarre Football Stadium in a Bilbao suburb, the Levine House in Madrid, the Desierto Square in Barakaldo and the Arquia Bank in Bilbao.

For information about the Belmont Bridge Design Competition, see the Belmont Carlton Neighborhood Association website.

Established by Walter S. Robertson Jr. in honor of Jaquelin T. Robertson, who served as dean from 1980 to 1988, the Robertson Visiting Professorship in Architecture aims to attract scholars and professionals from outside the Architecture School in order to promote a more diverse and international faculty.

— By Ellen Cathey