VENEZUELA MONTH: Monica Ponce de Leon - a pioneer in the application of robotic technology to building fabrication.
Monica Ponce de Leon Studio Overview
Founded by National Design Award Winner, Mónica Ponce de León, AIA, Monica Ponce de Leon Studio brings together an interdisciplinary team of architects and practitioners collaborating across offices in New York, Boston, and Ann Arbor. Ponce de León's work as principal architect is integral to each project, and is supported by a diverse team bringing a unique point of view to each design process. Monica Ponce de Leon Studio has extensive experience in institutional, civic, commercial, and private residential projects and has developed methodologies that allow the projects to be on time and on budget while delivering innovative and meaningful design.
Mónica Ponce de León, AIA, is a Venezuelan American architect, educator, and Dean of the Princeton University School of Architecture. In 2007 Ponce de León received the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture, the first Hispanic architect to receive this honor. Today Ponce de León is the founding principal of Monica Ponce de Leon Studio which she launched in 2011 following twenty years as a founding principal of award winning firm, Office dA. Ponce de León's work specializes in all scales and typologies from furniture design and interiors to private residences, civic buildings, public institutions, master plans and urban design. Throughout all projects, Ponce de León keeps a focus on design integration, craft, detailing, and precision. Much of the studio’s research is dedicated to an exploration of how to improve on contemporary modes of construction, investigating both industry standards as well as evolving technologies derived from digital manufacturing processes. Ponce de León is widely recognized as a pioneer in the application of robotic technology to building fabrication and in architecture education.
Known as an educational force, Ponce de León is currently Dean of Princeton University School of Architecture. She previously served as Dean of the A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan (2008–2015) and as Professor at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University (1996–2008). She also has held teaching appointments at Northeastern University, the Southern California Institute of Architecture, Rhode Island School of Design and Georgia Institute of Technology and has degrees from Harvard Graduate School of Design and University of Miami.
Among her many prestigious honors, Ponce de León has received the Academic Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; the USA Target Fellow in Architecture and Design from United States Artists; and the Young Architects and Emerging Voices awards from the Architectural League of New York. Her highly acclaimed and broadly published work has received a dozen Progressive Architecture (PA) Awards, several awards from the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and numerous citations. She was also named a National Academician (NA) in recognition of her exceptional contributions to American art and architecture.
Visit the Website: www.monicaponcedeleon.com
*Venezuela Month is an initiative by DESTIG to bring attention to the many creative successes that have originated from the country. This will be done for a month at no cost to the individuals or the country in order to bring positive attention to Venezuela during these difficult times for the people of that country.