Elwood R. Quesada Professorship in Architecture-Saunders Match
The Elwood R. Quesada Professorship in Architecture was funded by brothers T. Ricardo "Ric" Quesada (Col '71, Arch '74) and Peter Quesada (Law '80), along with other family members serving on the ERQ Educational Foundation, and was matched by the Saunders Professors Fund to attract and retain an eminent scholar at the School of Architecture. The professorship is named for the brothers' father, a three-star U.S. Army general who served as special assistant to President Dwight D. Eisenhower and headed the Federal Aviation Administration when it was created in 1958. General Quesada founded the Missile Division of Lockheed Aircraft Corp. and worked as a director of Olin Industries and chairman of Topp Industries. Later he was chairman and CEO of L'Enfant Plaza Properties in Washington, D.C., and co-owner of the Washington Senators baseball team.
Iñaki Alday took up his position in 2011 as the Elwood R. Quesada Professor of Architecture. As a designer, he is a generalist bridging architecture, public space, urban design and landscape architecture, always in the public realm. His attitude regarding design at multiple scales aims to tackle complex contemporary problems in a meaningful way. Specifically, Professor Alday’s creative work, in conjunction with Margarita Jover, explores the potential of transformation of infrastructure through its hybridization, as well as the relation of public space and natural dynamics.
In Fall 2014, Alday’s NAAB Accreditation Program Report was submitted and accepted. In April 2015, the NAAB team visited and reviewed the program through the physical and digital exhibitions and all the documentation provided. The draft report read by the team noted that 48 out of the 50 conditions were met, a significant progress from the last visit in 2009 (43 out of the 50). During the summer of 2015, Professor Alday received the news of the unprecedented accreditation of the M.Arch program for the maximum eight-year term without any intermediate focused evaluation.
Beyond the expected administration work as Quesada Professor and Chair of the Department of Architecture, Professor Alday has taken over an important load in service in committees, mostly at the University level, and in some cases of great commitment and of great influence for the Architecture School. Professor Alday feels that in teaching, he could carry almost a full teaching load with the significant success of the Re-centering Delhi Research Studio, which he co-taught for the third time. The Re-centering Delhi Research Studio was exhibited in the Swiss Embassy of New Delhi in November 2014 with a huge media and public success, and is being part of the discussions at top governmental level in India. In his creative work, aldayjover—and internationally awarded architecture and landscape firm founded in 1996 by Professor Alday and Margarita Jover—started its first U.S. commission for the Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico. Finally, Professor Alday took over the redesign of Campbell Hall’s third- and fourth-floor studio spaces in order to accommodate new classes in studio and a higher number of students in better conditions of flexibility, comfort, pinup space, and technology.
In 2015-16, Professor Alday was a finalist for the 12th Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design 2015 at Harvard University. Professor Alday had several works in preparation including books, “Re-Centering Delhi” and “Rivers and Cities.” Professor Alday’s design and creative work was published in several publications and he presented at multiple conferences, including at the YES Institute-Un of Chicago Center in Delhi, the University of Puerto Rico, and the University of Manitoba. Professor Alday participated in numerous research efforts throughout the year, including his work on Re-Centering Delhi with co-director Professor Vir Gupta.