LUIS LONGHI
Architect. RA, MArch, MFA, Dr. h.c.
 

 

BIOGRAPHY

Luis Longhi´s American experience started when he became the only student at the University of Pennsylvania to carry out the studies towards two master degrees simultaneously, graduating as Master of Architecture and Master of Fine Arts with major in sculpture both with Honors in 1984. 

As student he met BV Doshi who invited him to work at his studio in Amhedabad, India, where he spent 6 months designing housing systems and visiting projects that Doshi collaborated with Le Corbusier and Louis Khan. 
Back in the US, he worked as personal assistant to Adele Santos in her Philadelphia Studio, to continue his professional practice in offices such: David Slovic Architecture and Urban Design, Bower Lewis & Thrower Architects both in Philadelphia, Gruen Associates in Los Angeles and Farrington Design Group at Atlanta.
In 1991 while working at Gruen Associates he went to study Computer Animation for Architecture at the GSD Harvard University, adopting since then the computer as the main instrument for conceptual design. 
In 1994, after 13 years of American experience. Longhi decided to go back home to Peru where he started his own professional and academic practices.  The first 3 years while developing his practice in Lima he collaborated with Farrington Design Group in the design of US projects in Lima. 
His personal search as an architect and sculptor finds answers in the design and construction of small architectural projects, scenographies, exhibitions and installations in which ancestral Peruvian craftsmanship is used. 
He  taught with Juvenal Baracco in his internationally recognized Design Studio. There he developed a unique method to teach first year in the 5 year program of architectural studies. 

In 2003 he was considered the best scenographer and invited to represent his country in the 10th International Exhibition of scenography and Theatre Architecture: Prague Quadrennial; honor that was also granted to him in 2007.​
 

In 2004 he was a finalist representing Peru in the 4th Iberoamerican Biennale of Architecture.
He is currently a Principal Professor teaching at UPC in Lima, Peru for the first half of the year, a visiting Professor for the second half at the University of Hawaii and is also a representative for Latin America in the Architecture Doctorate for the University. He is also a visiting professor for ISAD in Chihuahua, Mexico and teaches a course for the Masters Degree in Advanced Architectural Design.
 

EDUCATION

 

1992 Computer Animation in Architecture/ Landscape Architecture and Urban Design Harvard University-Graduate School of Design,  Boston, MA. USA 
1981-1984 Master of Architecture/ Master of Fine Arts (major in sculpture) University of Pennsylvania,  Philadelphia, PA. USA 
1975-1979  Bachelor of Architecture and Urban Design Universidad Ricardo Palma  Lima, Peru