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Elwood R. Quesada Professorship in Architecture Fund


The Elwood R. Quesada Professorship in Architecture was created 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.

I'aki Alday continues to serve as the Elwood R. Quesada Professor of Architecture since his 2011 election by the Board of Visitors.

Academically, Alday's research is related to his work in architecture, landscape architecture and urbanism. The main vehicle of this research is Re-Centering Delhi, and now the Yamuna River Project co-founded with the Shure Visiting Professor Pankaj Vir Gupta. This research exemplifies the need of a holistic approach to the built environment, not constricted by disciplinarian boundaries, and the incorporation of various expertise about any possible social, humanist, economic, scientist areas related to the development of the urban phenomena. Alday's design process takes the lead in the synthetic processes that drive the potential of transformation.

Alday's two main areas of teaching have been studio and Master Thesis. Starting in Fall 2012, the School of Architecture incorporated research studios, allowing faculty members to align part of their studio teaching with their research, and asking in return for outcomes. Under this idea, Alday developed, together with Pankaj Vir Gupta, the foundation for his research project in India. This research project is the first pan-university research project, a model for interdisciplinary research for the University of Virginia and a huge opportunity for positioning UVA in the largest democracy in the world. Under Alday's direction and the India coordination of Gupta, UVA and the Indian Government through the Water Authority (DJB) signed a five-year MOU. After the first exhibition at The Swiss Embassy in Delhi in November 2014, a main exhibition took place at the India Habitat Center in Delhi during the Spring of 2017. President Sullivan traveled for the first time to India to inaugurate this exhibition, together with the Indian Minister of Water Resources.

In June 2016, at the end of Alday's five-year term as Chair of the Department of Architecture, he was appointed as Director of the Yamuna River Project for two years (June 2016-May 2018), with a reasonable expectation of another two-year extension. Alday plans to continue developing the next steps of this research project over the next three years.

1. Honors and awards
. Winner of the Washington DC Un-built Award of Excellence 2017, for the Old Acueduct of San Juan de Puerto Rico
. Winner of the Azure Awards 2016, Jury Award and People's Choice, in the category of Landscape Architecture for the Aranzadi Park in Pamplona
. Winner of the Azure Awards 2016, People's Choice, in the category of Environmental Leadership for the Aranzadi Park in Pamplona
. Winner of the Gold Medal of AAP American Architecture Prize in Landscape Architecture/Public 2016, for the Aranzadi Park
. Winner of the Global Light Rail Awards to the Best Environmental and Sustainability Project 2016, for the Urban Integration of Zaragoza Tramway
. Finalist (one of four) of the international competition The Maharastra Mumbai Park and Bridge Competition: (with Vir.Mueller Architects)

2. Publications (books, chapters, journal articles, magazine/newspaper articles)

- The Yamuna River Project: The Najafgarh Drain. Co-authored with Pankaj Vir Gupta. ISBN 978-0-9974301-6-5
Catalogue of the Exhibition at the India Habitat Center, New Delhi, March-April 2017
As co-editor or faculty main advisor:
- Catalyst 03, Urban Uncertainty, UVA School of Architecture, 2016, with M. Bonvehi, J Brookover
- LUNCH Vol 11, Domestication, UVA School of Architecture, 2016, with L. Harris, L. Holland, K. Long, J. Shapiro, D. Wilson

In preparation:
- Cities and Rivers, I'aki Alday/Margarita Jover, with co-editors: Ana Cubillos-Torres/Amanda Coen
Works of aldayjover architecture and landscape related to architecture, landscape architecture, public space and urban planning in their relation with the natural dynamics of the rivers.
Book contract signed with ACTAR publishers
- The Yamuna River Project, I'aki Alday/Pankaj Vir Gupta, with co-editors: Eric Barr/John Brookover/Megan Suau/Matt Pinyan
Compiles the research work on Re-Centering Delhi research project, studying the relation between Delhi and its sacred river, the Yamuna, with its historical evolution, the contemporary acute crisis and the proposal of a gradual change.
Book contract signed with ACTAR publishers
- Four Houses, co-edited with Abigail Figaro and Adjoa Akowuah
Compilation and analysis of the design process of the houses of the four senior professors of the Department of Architecture of UVA: WG Clark, Robin Dripps/Lucia Phinney, Ed Ford and Peter Waldman
In preparation
- Vortex, five urban themes, co-edited with Manuel Bailo and Gennie Keller
Record of the themes, ideas and design propositions of the five all-school workshops on critical urban issues that uses Charlottesville as a prototypical laboratory for challenging generic main topics of American urbanization
In preparation
Design and creative work published in:
. EN BLANCO 21, 2016: The Mill Cultural Center, Utebo
. Azure, The 2016 AZ Awards Annual, July/August 2016: Aranzadi Park, Pamplona

3. Presentations (including conference papers, lectures at other universities, professional presentations, electronic publications, video/television/radio presentations)
. Universidad de Zaragoza, Jaca, June 2016.
. iWater Conference-Sorigue, Barcelona, November 2016
. ETSAB Master of Landscape Architecture Series, March 2017.
India Habitat Center, Delhi, March 2017

4. Sponsored Research: (list source, amount requested, your status (pi or co-pi, etc.), funded or non funded)
Re-Centering Delhi/Yamuna River Project, co-director with Professor Vir Gupta, funded with grants from:
. Katz foundation: $25,000
. Delhi Jal Board ($20,000 for the YRP book and $75,000 in in-kind support for exhibition, catalogue, event and symposium).

5. Service (Academic and Public Service activities)
. Studio re-think task force. Co-director of the studio renovation project with A. Canfora
Director of the pan-university Yamuna River Project
Member of the scientific committee of the Architects Conference in Barcelona 2016
Member of the scientific committee of ZARCH Magazine

History of Past Recipients and Projects