Historically known as the Inca laboratory of agriculture and architecture, the ruins of Moray are the new location for restaurant MIL, led by head chef Virgilio Martínez and renovated by the architect Rafael Freyre. The space also houses Mater Iniciativa, the research arm of the restaurant. Conceived as a multi-disciplinary research and interpretation centre, it re-discovers the natural and cultural diversity of Peru, through hands-on engagement with the surrounding ecosystems and neighbouring communities.
Operating at the confluence between gastronomy and architecture as a new form of articulating and understanding a specific territory, this programme will be located in the heart of the Peruvian Andes at 4000 meters above sea level and will speculate on the role of tourism within the historic site of Moray and the newly established research centre. It will give an insight into local architectural and agricultural techniques, an understanding of nature and specific local materials, climates and ecosystems, as well as the broader Andean cosmology, where all natural elements and its cycles are intricately interwoven in a vertical way.
Course Head / Mentor
Aljoša Dekleva (b. 1972) graduated at Faculty of Architecture in Ljubljana and Architectural Association DRL (M.Arch with distinction) in London (2002). At the AA co-founded +RAMTV. In 2003 he co-founded the architectural practice ‘dekleva gregoric architects’.
Course Head / Mentor
Rafael Freyre (b. 1978) studied architecture in Ricardo Palma University lead by the tutor architect Juvenal Baracco. He later acquired a Master in Fine Arts in Plymouth University in England and Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam, Holland, developing a research on migration and mobility, by which he got the promotion prize. Living in Rotterdam for two years he attended masterclasses and lectures at the Berlage Institute. He worked as an architect and designer in Rotterdam and later in Rome, with Massimiliano Fuksas Architetto. Afterwards he worked a short period in New York and Bali with theatre director Robert Wilson, who influenced his practice. Nowadays he works as architect and actor in Lima.
Course Assistant / Mentor
Jakob Travnik (b.1991) graduated in architecture from University of Applied Arts Vienna, Institute of Architecture (Mag. Arch. with distinction). Active as consultant and designer at Atelier LUMA, Arles, France. Currently teaching and working on his PhD on the topic of nanotourism at TU Vienna.
Francesco D'Angelo is an anthropologist, researcher and manager of community relations as part of his position at Mater Iniciativa. He has been working on the constant construction of a horizontal relationship with the members of two peasant communities surrounding MIL Centro. Overall, he has more than five years field experience working in different peasant and native communities in various parts of Peru.
Local Course Assistant
Mari Retamozo has a bachelor in Architecture from the Peruvian University of Applied Sciences (UPC) in 2001. Her interest in a different scale of design brought her to fashion design. After developing original collections and managing a creative work hub for 12 years, she has currently returned to architecture through project management activities. She is a climber and a development advisor for climbing garments and accessories in her free time.
Amanda Sperger currently works as a student assistant at the TU Technical University in Vienna, Austria and is also a student of Social Design at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria. She has several years of experience taking part in hands-on architecture workshops, setup of exhibitions and project publications.
Expert / Visiting Critic
Daniella Dibos De Tramontana graduated in Architecture from Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas in Lima (2009) and in MSc Landscape Urbanism from Architectural Association in London (2017). In both thesis she studied the relationship between the land and the sea focusing on territorial ideologies and urban design. Previously, she has worked for leondelima studio, leaded by architects Alexia Leon and Lucho Marcial, developing projects in a variety of coastal desert contexts. As well, she has worked providing technical assistance to the reconstruction plan of educational infrastructure damaged by the El Niño Phenomenon from 2017. Currently, she is based in Lima and teaches at UPC undergraduate school as a design tutor in architecture related to the environment and the city.
Silvana Cossio is an architect with a Master in Architecture and Sustainability from the Ricardo Palma University (Peru). Full time professor in the Interior Design program at Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas. Founder of ARDE — Arquitectura, Diseño y Espacio. She has participated in local design exhibitions such as Casacor and Expodeco. She is part of Peru Design Collective, which has participated in Ventura Lambrate during the Milan Design Week 2017. In 2018, Peru Design Collective exhibited the Pacha project at the Fuorisalone in Milan and at MADE São Paulo.
Mario Ricci Architect from Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas – UPC (Perú), Master of the Research Program in Product Design from IED (Spain) and Master in UX from UNIR (Spain). Co-founder of MalO Design Atelier and R/Ricci arquitectos. Director of the Interior Design program at the UPC Design School. He is part of Peru Design Collective, which has participated in Ventura Lambrate during the Milan Design Week 2017. In 2018, Peru Design Collective exhibited the Pacha project at the Fuorisalone in Milan and at MADE São Paulo.
Virgilio Martinez is a Peruvian chef, restaurateur and researcher. Head chef and owner of restaurant Central in Lima, MIL Centro in Cusco and several other restaurants in Dubai, Hong Kong and London. Promotor of Peruvian cuisine worldwide.
Veronica Tabja is the Director of Arts and Culture at Mater Iniciativa, research arm of restaurant Central.
Paula Cermeño León is an Industrial designer and lecturer at the Art and Design Faculty, PUCP. Resident 2019 at La Becque Résidence d’Artistes, La Tour-de-Peilz, Switzerland. MA in Product Design at ECAL University of Art and Design in Lausanne, 2017. Her research is focused on biodiversity and our relationship with plants. Combining tools of industrial design with the knowledge of nature, she values the synergy between design and the natural sciences. Exhibitions: Workbays Village - Vitra x ECAL at Design Parade in Toulon, France, 2017; Lexus Design Award at Triennale di Milano Museum, 2017; Biennale Internationale de Saint-Étienne 2013 and 2015.
Paulo Dam Mazzi has a doctor in architecture from the Catholic University of Louvain (2009), Professor at the Catholic University of Peru in the area of design and theory. He has published as coauthor "Post Illusions, New Visions, Critical Art in Lima, 1980-2006" and "Modeling the World, Images of Pre-Columbian Architecture." He has published the book "Lacan. Arquitectura". Curator of projects that relate art, architecture and thought. He is coordinator of the Transversal project: Actions of Integration of the Peruvian territory. Since 1995 he shares university teaching with the critical practice of the architecture project. Since 2014 he is the Head of the Academic Department of Architecture of the PUCP.
MIL Centro, Moray,
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