Hubert Klumpner and Alfredo Brillembourg were awarded the Global Holcim Awards Silver 2012 and the Holcim Awards Gold 2011 Latin America for their project “Urban remediation and civic infrastructure hub”, São Paulo, Brazil. The project, Grotão - Fábrica de Música, was praised by the Global Holcim Awards jury for its unifying concept, premium cultural facilities, architectural quality, and integrated involvement of the local community in a socially-inclusive planning and management approach.
Together with U-TT Co-director, Alfredo Brillembourg, he has taught at Columbia University since 2007 where they founded the Sustainable Living Urban Model Laboratory (SLUM Lab). They have also held the Chair for Architecture & Urban Design at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) since 2010. Their work concerns both theoretical and practical applications within architecture and urban planning. Working in global contexts the develop the next generation of professionals by creating bridges between first world industry and third world informal urban areas.
Hubert Klumpner has been a consultant on urbanism to the International Program for Social & Cultural Development in Latin America (OAE and UNESCO) since 2001. He is a regular guest critic and guest speaker at various architecture institutes, including the Harvard GSD in Boston, AEDES in Berlin, UCV in Caracas, UMSA in Miami, Berlage in Rotterdam, FAU in São Paulo and University of California, Los Angeles.
He graduated from Die Angewandte (University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria) in 1993 before receiving a Master of Science in Architecture & Urban Design from Columbia University (USA) in 1997. He is the co-author of Informal City: Caracas Case, Rules of Engagement: Caracas and the Informal City and SLUM Lab: Informal Toolbox.
Hubert Kumpner and Alfredo Brillembourg were awarded the Ralph Erskine Award from the Swedish Association of Architects for their innovation in architecture and urban design with regard to social, ecological, and aesthetic aspects in 2010.